Sharp Tech with Ben Thompson

By Andrew Sharp and Ben Thompson

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A podcast about understanding how tech works and the way it is changing the world. Hosted by Andrew Sharp with Ben Thompson.

Episode Date
(Preview) Microsoft’s Snafu and Apple’s Shenanigans, Car Companies with SaaS Envy, The Logic Behind Delta's SkyMiles Move
Sep 21, 2023
An Endgame for YouTube TV, Big Disney Decisions (And Whether Bob Iger Should Make Them), The Era Beyond Peak TV
Sep 19, 2023
(Preview) Is the iPhone Still Interesting?, Unity’s New Model for Mobile Developers, YouTube Highlights and Taylor Swift’s New Movie
Sep 14, 2023
Charter Wins and Does Disney a Favor, Charter and the Broadband Market, SMIC Gets the US Government’s Attention
Sep 12, 2023
Disney vs. Charter and a New ESPN Reality, The Future of the Cable Business, Risks for the NBA and Other Sports
Sep 07, 2023
(Preview) Why Amazon and Shopify Went from Rivals to Partners, A More Precise Definition of Disruption, Streams and Nightmares for Warner/ESPN/Disney
Aug 31, 2023
Your Regularly Scheduled Nvidia Hysteria, Nvidia and the Metaverse, Questions on Sony and Adyen
Aug 29, 2023
China Turmoil and America’s Hidden Superpower, Bing vs. Google Six Months Later, Studios Disrupted Themselves to Invent Broadcast TV
Aug 22, 2023
(Preview) The Path to an ESPN Streaming Network, Disney Follow-Up and Fox Success, Two Perspectives on Google Photos
Aug 17, 2023
The Business of Taylor Swift, 'Eras' and Social Media, The Two Big Obstacles Preventing an Apple and Disney Merger
Aug 14, 2023
Meta’s EU Plans and Microsoft’s AI Pricing, The Barbell Effect Hits College Football, Photo Sharing in Parenthood
Aug 08, 2023
(Preview) The Week of LK-99 Intrigue, China and Trailing Edges Chips, Intel Goes to Washington
Aug 03, 2023
Facebook Bowed to White House Pressure, The US Department of Technology, Fusion and Starlink and Swiftie Spotify
Jul 31, 2023
(Preview) Why Netflix Will Keep Raising Prices, The Spotify Model in Hollywood, Twitter’s Inexplicable Rebrand and WeChat Dreams
Jul 25, 2023
(Preview) Meta Takes Llama Open Source, Why Llama Might Be More Important than OpenAI, ChatGPT Hits a Plateau
Jul 20, 2023
Tech and Two Strikes in Hollywood, Harsh Streaming Realities and a Big Residuals Mess, Iger’s Challenges at Disney
Jul 18, 2023
(Preview) Microsoft Wins Its Activision Case, What's Next for the Merger and the FTC, Follow-Up Questions on Threads and Twitter
Jul 13, 2023
The Threads Episode: How We Got Here, Meta Obstacles and Advantages, Everyone Hates Twitter (And Uses It Every Day)
Jul 10, 2023
(Preview) The Case for Supersonic Travel, End of June Mail on TSMC/Google/Reddit, Touching Grass in Madison
Jun 26, 2023
Spotify’s Royal Mess, Ford and GM Partner with Tesla, HBO Weighs Selling Content to Netflix
Jun 22, 2023
(Preview) Reddit as a Business, APIs and Interest Rates and Angry Moderators, The Athletic Rethinks Its Coverage Approach
Jun 15, 2023
An All Things Apple Mailbag: AI and the Vision Pro, Gaming Ambivalence, Immersive Memories, VR Sports Rights
Jun 13, 2023
(Preview) Vision Pro at First Sight: How It Works, Why It Costs $3,500, and What It Might Mean for the Future of Computing
Jun 07, 2023
A Few Questions Before Apple Embraces Virtual Reality, Meta Tries to Crash Headset Week, Nvidia and the Omniverse
Jun 04, 2023
(Preview) An Impromptu Nvidia Symposium, A Brief History of Solaris and Sun Microsystems, The Future of AI Energy Consumption
Jun 01, 2023
(Preview) Windows and the AI Platform Shift, OpenAI Enters the App Store, Follow-Up on Sports Streaming and Cable Hindsight
May 25, 2023
ESPN as Cable’s Grim Reaper, How the Cable Bundle Crumbled, What Taylor Swift Can Teach Content Companies
May 22, 2023
(Preview) What Google Wants to Do with AI, The Tensions Inherent to AI Regulation, Can an Apple Headset Revive VR?
May 17, 2023
(Preview) Google’s Lesson for Hardware Dreamers, How Facebook and Apple Can Help Each Other, A Case for Touching Parchment
May 11, 2023
The Chip Ban Seven Months Later, China's Response, More on Intel and Tower Semiconductor
May 08, 2023
(Preview) Venture-Backed Businesses of the Past Decade, Why Streamers Want Sports Rights, The Suns Choose Reach over RSN Fees
May 04, 2023
What’s the Deal with Micropayments?, Costs and Benefits and Twitter Blue, More Thoughts on Microsoft-Activision
May 01, 2023
(Preview) The UK Blocks Microsoft-Activision, Globalized Companies and Local Regulations, Antitrust and Innovation
Apr 27, 2023
Netflix as a Sleeping Ad-Supported Giant, 'Max' and the Other Streamers, Whether Nvidia Shall Inherit the Earth
Apr 24, 2023
(Preview) Fair Use Follow-Up, LLMs in Litigation, Positives and Negatives for Zoom, The Ultimate Apple Mystery
Apr 20, 2023
Generative AI and Copyright, When AI Hits the Music Business, The Social Media that Comes After Twitter
Apr 17, 2023
Clown Car History Lessons, Both Sides of the Twitter-Substack Fight, Parenthood Tech Strategies
Apr 10, 2023
(Preview) A Twitter Temperature Check, Reactions to that AI Open Letter, The Technical Logistics of a TikTok Ban
Mar 30, 2023
Evaluating AI Risk and Entering an Era of Incredible Unknowns
Mar 27, 2023
Appropriate Fear of Microsoft, A Workplace Efficiency Counterpoint, Artifact and Substack in the Modern Era
Mar 20, 2023
(Preview) A Big Week for AI, Closed Source vs. Open Source Development, Meta in the "Year of Efficiency"
Mar 16, 2023
The SVB Collapse, How the Government Responded, and the Era in Tech that Ended This Weekend
Mar 13, 2023
(Preview) Xbox History and VR’s Future, The TikTok Ban, Much to Consider Before a Pivot from Big Tech
Mar 09, 2023
What the NBA Can Learn from Formula 1, Why ESPN May Need to Pivot Too, The EPL Outlier and Apple's MLS Experiment
Mar 06, 2023
The Google Culture Question, A Law of Large Companies, Twitter's Algorithm Plans, Apple's Attempt at Glucose Monitoring
Feb 27, 2023
(Preview) What Spotify Learned About Podcasting, The RSN Train Wheezing Along, Does ESPN Need the NBA?
Feb 23, 2023
A Viking Funeral for Sydney the Chatbot, Meta’s Verified Experiment, Algorithms and Liability as Section 230 Takes Center Stage
Feb 20, 2023
(Preview) The Bing to Sydney Epiphany, Search as an AI Red Herring, Moving to a Cabin in an Undisclosed Location
Feb 16, 2023
(Preview) Google vs. Bing Begins, Bear Cases for AI, Apple's Lost Hardware Opportunity, The Implications of the Bally Sports Bankruptcy
Feb 09, 2023
Meta Comes Roaring Back, What the Market Missed Last Fall, The Compromises that Define the Modern Internet
Feb 06, 2023
(Preview) Cloudflare in 2023, Macro Conditions and Microsoft, Questions and Answers on the Tech Layoffs, Diving Deeper (literally) on MVNOs
Feb 02, 2023
Solving Online Groceries, Explaining Those Cheap New Cell Phone Plans, Autonomous Deliveries, Tech vs. Humans in Content Development
Jan 30, 2023
(Preview) How Google Conquered Ads, What the DOJ Wants to Do About It, Follow-Ups on Free Netflix, Checking in with Peloton
Jan 26, 2023
Encouraging Netflix Earnings, Continuing Questions, and How the Model Might Evolve
Jan 23, 2023
A Beginner's Guide to ARM, Amazon and Buy with Prime, Apple in the 90s, Who Wants to Own WWE?
Jan 19, 2023
What's Going on at Amazon? and AI Language Barriers
Jan 16, 2023
GPT in 2023: A Marriage with Microsoft, The Bull and Bear Case for Google, Compute Questions and More
Jan 12, 2023
Sharp Tech Holiday Hoopla: Gift Recs and YouTube TV, Microchips and Remote Work, Could ChatGPT Run a Basketball Team?
Dec 22, 2022
Another Weekend with Musk: More Chaos, Fewer Options, and an Object Lesson in the Importance of Principles
Dec 19, 2022
The Past/Present/Future of Tech Antitrust Arguments and More on TSMC in Arizona
Dec 15, 2022
Making Advanced Microchips in Arizona and Imagining a Remote Work Future
Dec 13, 2022
When AI Moves Faster than Products, Microsoft's Evil Genius, Australian Rules for America's Ad Market, Questions on YouTube/Twitter/Spotify
Dec 08, 2022
A Beginner’s Guide to ChatGPT: How It Works, Why Tech Twitter is Euphoric, and What the Next Challenges Look Like
Dec 05, 2022
Apple's Exposure in a Musk War, Alexa: Find 10 Billion Dollars, YouTube’s Rev Share Model, The Next Great Tech Movie
Dec 01, 2022
The Cult of Iger and the Future at Disney and ESPN
Nov 28, 2022
Mailbag: A Premature Twitter Eulogy, Netflix in Theaters, Buy or Sell: Strategy Consultants, The Six People You Meet in a Group Chat
Nov 21, 2022
A Closer Look at Opendoor and Cloudflare and Responses to Your FTX Emails
Nov 17, 2022
Making Sense of the FTX Catastrophe and a Reality Check on Twitter Under Musk
Nov 14, 2022
A Beginner's Guide to Spotify and Emails on Antitrust and Algorithms
Nov 10, 2022
Mailbag: Down the 230 Rabbit Hole, A Third Door Moderation Approach, Twitter Follow-Up, Andrew Responds to the Nicest Angry Emails Ever
Nov 07, 2022
The First Week of New Twitter and Apple/Netflix/Taiwan Follow-Up
Nov 03, 2022
Mailbag: How to Read an Earnings Report, TikTok's ATT Challenges, The Net Impact of Social Media, Lessons of a Young Tech Employee
Oct 31, 2022
Google/Facebook/Snap Earnings and Another Dimension of Automation
Oct 27, 2022
Good News for Netflix Believers and the Latest TikTok Reporting
Oct 24, 2022
Mailbag: Chip Ban Follow Up, What About Tik Tok?, Validating AI Work Product, Coaches and GMs as CEOs
Oct 20, 2022
Questions, Concerns and Unknowns after the China Chip Ban
Oct 18, 2022
Mailbag: Metaverse Week Concludes, A Hater's Take on Virtual Reality, The Apple Question, Touring the Stratechery Travel Kit
Oct 14, 2022
New Metaverse Dreams and Old Metaverse Questions
Oct 11, 2022
Mailbag: Two Musk Questions, Streaming Follow Up, Ad-Supported Businesses, Interrogating Andrew on Tech
Oct 07, 2022
Cable Temperature Check and a Bundle Experiment
Oct 04, 2022
Mailbag: Apple Privacy Counterpoint, Covid and Content Moderation, Phoenix Suns Sale, Justice for Gamers
Sep 29, 2022
Nvidia Backlash and the China Conundrum
Sep 27, 2022
Mailbag: Adobe and Antitrust, Engagement Quality vs. Quantity, The Cult of Musk, Porcupine Lore
Sep 22, 2022
Introducing Sharp Tech
Sep 20, 2022
What AI Is Today and What It Might Be Tomorrow
Sep 13, 2022
Google-as-Government and Netflix vs. HBO Max
Aug 24, 2022
Apple's Privacy Power Play and TikTok Concerns
Aug 17, 2022
Meta’s Murky Future and the Transformed New York Times
Aug 11, 2022
CHIPS History and Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit
Aug 04, 2022