Decrypted

The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It’s also a collection of insular communities full of hidden projects, quiet rivalries, and uncomfortable truths. Join Bloomberg Technology’s Brad Stone each week as he and the team’s reporters uncover what actually happens behind closed doors.

Episodes
Sept. 10, 2019 Is Your Amazon Habit Wrecking the Planet?
For years, critics have accused Amazon.com for not doing enough to curb its impact on the environment—and recently, a group …
Sept. 3, 2019 The New iPhones and Apple’s Future: A Preview
On Sept. 10, Apple will be unveiling its new products for the year. Ahead of the event, Bloomberg Technology’s Mark …
Aug. 27, 2019 Introducing Prognosis Season 3: Superbugs
On this new season of Prognosis, we look at the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. You're …
June 25, 2019 For Police, Social Media Is Now Part of the Job
When police officer David Gomez was first stationed at a school in rural Idaho, he thought he’d spend his time …
June 18, 2019 Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Bird Experts
A few years ago, reporter Sarah McBride noticed that a top engineer at Twitter was also an expert on the …
June 11, 2019 Google Workers Rise Up: Inside the Protests
Google has long had a special relationship with staff, encouraging employee input on all sorts of internal matters. For the …
June 4, 2019 The Science of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Northern White Rhinos are functionally extinct: The two remaining females have no males to breed with. But an ambitious plan …
May 28, 2019 WWDC Preview: A Conversation With Apple’s Former App Approval Chief
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual pilgrimage for software developers whose businesses are built on the App Store. This …
May 23, 2019 Bloomberg and Wondery Present: The Shrink Next Door
Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. …
May 21, 2019 Silicon Valley's Van-Dwellers
Mountain View, California, is home to Google and Silicon Valley's tech boom. Rents and home prices have soared, and hundreds …
May 14, 2019 The Strange World of Virtual Bike Races
Cycling enthusiasts have a new way to work out at home: By hooking their bikes up to Zwift, they compete …
May 7, 2019 Your Guide to the Uber IPO
It's finally happening. A decade after Uber started out as a black car service in San Francisco, it's going public …
April 30, 2019 Silicon Valley Is Making Gasoline Out of Thin Air
A growing number of experts believe that a promising technology, known as carbon capture, will be an essential part of …
April 23, 2019 As Amazon Gets Bigger, Sellers Feel the Squeeze
Jason Boyce built a successful business selling sports equipment on Amazon. As the platform has grown, Amazon has pushed sellers …
April 18, 2019 Introducing "What Goes Up," A New Show From Bloomberg
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek speak with expert guests each week about the …
April 16, 2019 The App That’s Helping Gay Couples Have Kids in China
With 40 million users, Blued is a popular dating app for gay men in China. This week on Decrypted, we …
April 9, 2019 Young Blood and the Pursuit of Eternal Youth
A company called Ambrosia Health signed up about 150 patients for a novel anti-aging procedure: young blood plasma transfusions. The …
April 5, 2019 Coming Soon: The Pay Check Season 2
The Pay Check is back for a second season! For the next six weeks, we’re going to dig into the …
April 2, 2019 Why Drugs Are Still for Sale on Instagram
Instagram is full of vacation pics, brand campaigns and celebrity posts. But it's also a place where people go to …
March 26, 2019 Coming Soon: Pushing the Boundaries
Decrypted will be back next week. Here's an early peek at the stories we'll be covering this season.
Feb. 12, 2019 A Message from The Pay Check
The Pay Check is collecting stories for our upcoming season, and we want to hear from you! Did having a …
Jan. 8, 2019 Introducing "Works For Me," A New Podcast From Bloomberg
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield navigate the productivity industry by way of their …
Dec. 18, 2018 Assault, Harassment and Lower Pay: Women in the Gig Economy
Jody Pagliocco drives for Uber and Lyft in Maine. Like many working mothers, she depends on the income and the …
Dec. 11, 2018 The Decrypted Gift Guide
'Tis the season to give your loved ones the latest and greatest tech gadgets. The only problem: a lot of …
Dec. 4, 2018 The Secrets Hidden in Our Google Location Data
When Theo Patt was 15 he built a software program that displayed his Google location data on a map online. …
Nov. 27, 2018 Is the Tech Boom Coming to an End?
In August, Apple was worth a trillion dollars and analysts wondered when the other tech giants would join its ranks. …
Nov. 20, 2018 Biohacking a Ripped Frog
This week on Decrypted, we're bringing you an episode from Bloomberg's newly-launched health and medicine podcast: Prognosis. Bloomberg's Kristen V …
Nov. 13, 2018 The Blind Spots in Facebook's Ad Machine
Facebook’s ad platform is quick to learn, easy to use and incredibly profitable. But the complex algorithms that make the …
Nov. 7, 2018 Travel Genius, a New Show From Bloomberg
What’s the most sure-fire way to get a flight upgrade? How can you find the best, secret local restaurants by …
Nov. 6, 2018 The Cancer-Linked Chemical In America's Tap Water
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has had a 3M factory in town since 1947. It makes everything from Post-It Notes and Scotch …
Nov. 2, 2018 Prognosis, a New Show From Bloomberg
Where does a medical cure come from? 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for scientists to test medicines by taking …
Oct. 30, 2018 The Bloody Consequences of the Scooter Revolution
Electric scooter-sharing programs have become very popular, and very polarizing. With companies like Bird and Lime operating in over 100 …
Oct. 23, 2018 How Your DNA Test Could Land a Relative in Jail
In 1987, a young couple was killed in Washington state. This case, and others like it, were unsolved for decades …
Oct. 16, 2018 Inside the Backlash Against Juul
The e-cigarette maker Juul has seen stratospheric sales since early 2017, making it one of the buzziest startups in Silicon …
Oct. 2, 2018 Click Like for Propaganda
Facebook is used to dealing with rogue actors antagonizing politicians on its platform. But what happens when a country's own …
Sept. 25, 2018 Making Sense of Tesla's Deepening Crisis
For years, Elon Musk had been testing the limits of acceptable decorum for a public company CEO. This summer, he …
Sept. 18, 2018 UFO Hunting in the Photoshop Age
Advances in photo and video editing technology have enabled fake news, birthed viral hoaxes and even empowered corrupt governments. But …
Sept. 11, 2018 Tech Guards Our Digital Memories, Until It Doesn’t
When Andrew Friedman pulled out an old Flip Video camera to watch a cherished video of his newborn son, his …
Sept. 4, 2018 A Canadian Ghost Town Takes a Gamble on Bitcoin
Ocean Falls in Canada had been mostly abandoned for the last 40 years—until an entrepreneur started building a facility to …
Aug. 28, 2018 Season 3: Unintended Consequences
The third season of Decrypted launches Sept. 4, and we're dedicating the entire season to exploring the unintended consequences of …
Aug. 28, 2018 An Announcement From Decrypted
We have a new host on Decrypted! Aki and Brad welcome Pia Gadkari to the mic, and Aki fills us …
June 26, 2018 My Quest to Get My Data Back From Facebook, OkCupid and More
Last month, the world's most far-reaching data privacy regulation took effect in Europe. Consumers there can now not only ask …
June 19, 2018 How Tech is Harming its Most Vulnerable Users
When Jared was just a pre-teen his childhood hobby, playing video games, morphed into a compulsive and eventually harmful obsession. …
June 12, 2018 Update: Affirmative Action in Silicon Valley
When entrepreneur Mitchell Lee decided it was time to hire another engineer at his startup Penny, he set out to …
June 5, 2018 When Amazon Comes Crashing In
Texas food delivery startup Burpy was doing well, expanding from Austin to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. But then Amazon …
May 29, 2018 The Hunt for Bitcoin’s Creator
The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown creator of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, is one of the tech industry's biggest …
May 22, 2018 A Venezuelan Bitcoin Miner on Why He Had To Flee
Venezuela's spiraling economic crisis has forced many citizens to seek new ways of making money. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg's …
May 15, 2018 Inside Amazon’s Big Showdown With Seattle
There's a standoff brewing in Seattle. After years of double-digit growth in home prices, homelessness is surging and the city …
May 9, 2018 Bonus: The Pay Check, a New Podcast
It’s a big, expensive, global mystery. Why do women still make less money—a lot less—than men? In the US, the …
May 8, 2018 Update: The Russian Cybersecurity Company Kaspersky Lab
In July, we brought you an investigation of the Moscow-based antivirus software maker Kaspersky Lab and its connections with the …
May 1, 2018 The Race to Teach Robots How to Do Our Jobs
Before they can take away our jobs, robots need to learn how to do them. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg …
April 24, 2018 How Fasting Turned Into Silicon Valley's Latest Obsession
Fasting is taking off in Silicon Valley, with everyone from entrepreneurs to established executives touting the health and productivity benefits. …
April 13, 2018 A Female Engineer's Fight for Equal Pay at Google
Kelly Ellis was excited when Google hired her as a software engineer in 2010. But soon, she started noticing things …
April 10, 2018 The World Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin—Except Japan
Over the last few months, governments around the world have cracked down on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But one country …
April 3, 2018 How Melinda Gates Is Tackling Tech's Gender Problem
Over the last few decades, Melinda Gates' philanthropy has taken her to all corners of the globe. But recently she's …
March 30, 2018 Facebook’s Former Employees Open Up About the Data Scandal
As Facebook reels from a public backlash over its handling of user data, former employees are starting to air their …
March 27, 2018 Stay Tuned
We're hard at work on a new episode about Facebook's data scandal. We'll be publishing that later this week. Stay …
March 20, 2018 Inside a Local Newspaper's Fight to Survive
Since the advent of the internet, local newspapers like the U.K.'s Bournemouth Daily Echo have been relentlessly cutting costs to …
March 13, 2018 The Surprising Power Broker Backing E-Commerce Startups
When Abigail Stone decided to start an online candle company, she had neither investors nor a product. But she found …
March 6, 2018 A Hacker's Redemption (Part 2)
By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With …
March 6, 2018 A Hacker's Redemption (Part 1)
By the time he was 27, Hector Monsegur had become one of the most notorious hackers on the internet. With …
Feb. 27, 2018 Coming March 6
Decrypted returns on March 6 with a brand new season. Here's a sneak peek of what's in store. We'll be …
Dec. 26, 2017 A Special Announcement From Decrypted
This week, Brad and Aki have a special announcement: Decrypted will be on break for the next few weeks. The …
Dec. 19, 2017 Inside the Big Plan to Make Ethereum Go Mainstream
Cryptocurrencies have exploded in 2017. But while prices are surging, transactions are facing long delays because the networks are flooded …
Dec. 12, 2017 He Sparked the Fake News Boom. Then Facebook Broke His Business
From a young age, Cyrus Massoumi knew he wanted to become rich one day. In 2012, he figured out how: …
Dec. 1, 2017 UPDATE: Life After Blowing the Whistle in Silicon Valley
When Francisco Riordan suspected his company of breaking the law last year, he secretly reached out to federal regulators. His …
Nov. 21, 2017 Could Robots Take Away This Classic Wall Street Job?
For a decade, Ken Sena has had a classic Wall Street job as an equity analyst, which means he researches …
Nov. 14, 2017 I Was Ridiculed on Instagram. Here's What I Learned
A few months ago, Bloomberg Technology's Adam Satariano found an unflattering video of himself going viral on Instagram. Someone had …
Nov. 8, 2017 Facebook, Google and Twitter Face a Reckoning in Washington
Fake news, Russia and the U.S. election: It's been one of the biggest stories over the last year. Last week, …
Nov. 2, 2017 My Five Nights at a $20 Billion Startup's Dorm-Like Apartment
In 2014, WeWork told its investors that its next big thing would be a product called WeLive: a dorm-like apartment …
Oct. 25, 2017 A Conversation With Billionaire Masayoshi Son
Back in May, we brought you an episode about the life of Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who at that time …
Oct. 17, 2017 How Extreme Risk-Taking Pushed Uber to the Brink
At the center of the crisis enveloping the world's most valuable startup is Uber's mounting legal problems: The ride-hailing giant …
Oct. 9, 2017 Iran's Budding Tech Scene Fears Trump's Next Move
In 2015, Iran signed a landmark deal with global superpowers. An end to Iran's isolation pointed to a bright future …
Oct. 3, 2017 Why Investors Poured $110 Million Into a Sock Maker
Many of Silicon Valley's most celebrated companies build software -- but these days, the startup everyone's talking about is Stance, …
Sept. 26, 2017 The Worst-Case Scenario After the Equifax Hack
A devastating cyberattack on Equifax has compromised critically sensitive information on 143 million U.S. consumers. While we won't know the …
Sept. 19, 2017 UPDATE: Russian Interference in the U.S. Election
As news continues to break about Russia's attempts to influence and hack the U.S. election, this week we're re-airing an …
Sept. 14, 2017 Here's One Big Reason Tesla Still Doesn't Dominate Our Roads
Despite tremendous advances over the last decade, electric cars have yet to go mainstream. Even once Tesla ramps up production …
Sept. 6, 2017 How to Teach a Kid Thousands of Miles Away
In China, parents are desperately seeking good teachers for their children. A number of local tech startups are meeting that …
Aug. 29, 2017 How a Crisis Almost Derailed the Original iPhone
The year is 2005, the company is Apple. The iPod is a smash hit, but then-CEO Steve Jobs decides it's …
Aug. 22, 2017 The Nuclear Tech Breakthrough That Could Make Oil Obsolete
We hear a lot about the approaching end of the fossil fuel era. But as various companies work on wind …
Aug. 15, 2017 Flying Water Taxis: Coming Soon to a River Near You?
A sailor and a windsurfing champion are trying to crack your morning commute with a new kind of transportation device: …
Aug. 8, 2017 A Lifelong Quest for Flying Cars Sparked Frenzy, Then Bankruptcy
Silicon Valley currently has a serious case of flying car fever, but this isn't the first time enthusiasm for these …
July 27, 2017 Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley
Over the last few weeks, several woman have come forward with their accounts of being harassed in the tech industry. …
July 24, 2017 Human vs Machine: Robots on the Assembly Line
One of President Donald Trump's biggest priorities is to bring manufacturing jobs home, and advances in industrial automation are making …
July 18, 2017 Could 3D Holograms Replace Your Computer Screen?
A few months ago, a startup called Meta started clearing out the computer monitors that sat on employees' desks -- …
July 11, 2017 Why U.S. Officials Are Worried About This Russian Firm
Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab's software is everywhere in the U.S., keeping ordinary consumers as well as banks and power plants safe …
July 5, 2017 Update: The Hostage in Mauritania
In January, we brought you the story of a cyber weapons deal involving the government of the West African nation …
June 27, 2017 Human vs Machine: Fitness Gadgets
A new generation of fitness gadgets is just starting to reach consumers, and they do so much more than track …
June 21, 2017 Human vs. Machine: Self-Driving Trucks
One day, driving a truck could look pretty similar to a call center job. From a desk in an office, …
June 12, 2017 This Man’s Murder Might Get Solved by Amazon’s Alexa
On November 22, 2015, 47-year-old Victor Collins was found in a hot tub, apparently strangled and drowned. Investigators seized an …
June 5, 2017 How Chao Bet $500 Million on Himself—and Got Even Richer
Charles Chao knew his social media platform had potential. But the parent company of Weibo, often referred to as the …
May 30, 2017 Masayoshi Son's $100 Billion Bet to Conquer the Future
Masayoshi Son is already one of the Japan's most successful businessmen, and now he's making his biggest gamble yet: To …
May 22, 2017 How to Earn Millions in China's App Economy
In the U.S., free content -- whether that's cooking tutorials on YouTube or the latest news on Twitter -- is …
May 16, 2017 Why a Chinese Chemicals Company Wants To Invest in Gaming Apps
If you have young kids, you may already know the mobile game Talking Tom. What you might not know is …
May 8, 2017 Meet the Whistleblower Behind a Silicon Valley Meltdown
When Francisco Riordan suspected his company of breaking the law last year, he secretly reached out to government regulators. His …
May 2, 2017 Fake News in the French Elections
After the U.S. elections in November, our favorite internet companies faced a torrent of criticism for not doing more to …
April 27, 2017 Son of Chinese Factory Workers Built This $1.5 Billion Startup
We still think of Silicon Valley as the world's technology hub, but China's quickly catching up. For one, consider this …
April 20, 2017 Pinterest's Second Act
Remember Pinterest? Only a few years ago, the pinboard of the internet was one of the buzziest startups in Silicon …
April 10, 2017 Here's the Incredible Promise of Medicine That Targets Our DNA
Around the world, people suffer from a genetic condition called hemophilia. Even with expensive and time-consuming treatments, simple injuries for …
April 3, 2017 How Tech Companies Stake Out Hackathons for Future Stars
Tech companies face a harsh reality: You're only as good as your latest product. The scramble to identify and lure …
March 30, 2017 Inside YouTube's Battle Against the Internet's Darkest Corners
A crisis is brewing at the world's largest video service. YouTube has seen big advertisers from AT&T to Wal-Mart pull …
March 20, 2017 The 13 Million Nerds That Apple's Counting On
If you own an iPhone, chances are you've used Apple's App Store to buy and download apps. For years, while …
March 13, 2017 Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Amazon. Are the Jobs Worth It?
When Amazon opened a warehouse in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee last year, a thousand people got new jobs. In …
March 6, 2017 The Billion Dollar Industry of Professional Video Game Battles
Do you ever spend time online watching people compete with each other at playing video games? Perhaps not (yet), but …
Feb. 27, 2017 Why It's So Hard to Build a Startup Outside the Big Tech Hubs
When Jase Wilson launched his startup in Kansas City, Missouri, he didn't intend on leaving. But he struggled to get …
Feb. 22, 2017 Snapchat's High-Stakes Clash With Its Neighbors on Venice Beach
Ever since it was a tiny startup, Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has been based in the quirky, bohemian …
Feb. 13, 2017 How the Internet's Just Starting to Transform Cuba
In the past two years, Cuba has started rolling out public access to the internet. Wifi is now available through …
Feb. 6, 2017 Silicon Valley's Revolt Against Trump's Travel Ban
On his eighth day in office, President Trump signed an executive order banning the U.S. entry of people from seven …
Jan. 30, 2017 The Untold Story of One of Uber's Very First Drivers
More than 1.5 million people drive for Uber in cities all over the world. And yet, as the company finds …
Jan. 23, 2017 What Trump's Tweets Mean for Twitter, and Democracy
We still don't know what Trump's presidency means for the broader tech industry, but one thing is clear: He loves …
Jan. 18, 2017 Inside a Multinational Cyber Weapons Deal That Went Bust
As cyber-spying gets ever more sophisticated, governments worldwide are rushing to get equipped with the most cutting-edge technology. This week, …
Jan. 9, 2017 What Happened When a Startup Tried Affirmative Action Hiring
It's something that just about every technology company says it wants to address -- diversifying its workforce. So why is …
Dec. 23, 2016 These Are the Worst Things That Could Happen in 2017
It's been a year full of surprising developments, from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump. This week we're bringing …
Dec. 19, 2016 The Creepy Obsession Techies Have With Living Forever
A lot of people in the tech industry have a fascination with defying death. But only a few of them …
Dec. 12, 2016 Inside Pixar's Make-or-Break Gamble to Make Toy Story a Hit
Computer animated movies are everywhere these days. But in 1995 when Pixar was preparing to release Toy Story, the public …
Dec. 5, 2016 When a French Billionaire Built a Free Tech School in the U.S.
Coding boot camps are everywhere these days, promising to arm you with the most highly sought skill in the modern …
Nov. 25, 2016 The Fake Reviews and Counterfeits That Amazon's Trying to Quash
(Bloomberg) -- Now that the holidays are approaching, chances are you'll be doing at least some of your gift shopping …
Nov. 21, 2016 How Fake News Blew Up Into a Political Crisis for Facebook
On the night of the U.S. presidential elections, one of Facebook’s former product designers turned to Facebook to vent. His …
Nov. 14, 2016 Will Siri Ever Outsmart Us?
Virtual assistants such as the iPhone's Siri are now everywhere, reading us the news, recommending restaurants and navigating a path …
Nov. 7, 2016 This Blogger Is Exposing the Risky World of Startup Investing
A handful of websites have launched in the U.K. over the last few years, allowing not only the rich but …
Oct. 31, 2016 Confessions of a Tech Entrepreneur Who Lied to Investors
When Antonio Garcia Martinez was trying to raise money for his fledgling tech company, he worried that an honest pitch …
Oct. 24, 2016 How Experts Traced the DNC Hack to Russian Spies
Donald Trump insists that we don't know who was behind the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee. Is he …
Oct. 17, 2016 What It Takes to Vanquish Uber
Very few things have stopped Uber in its quest for world domination -- except Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing startup that …
Oct. 10, 2016 Inside the Spectacular Failure of Fab.com
Just a few years ago, Fab.com was valued at $1 billion. Today, it's remembered as one of the most epic …
Oct. 4, 2016 Welcome to Decrypted
The global technology industry is a powerful engine of innovation that drives the economy. It's also a collection of insular …