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Narrators read our favorite written stories. You can listen to them anywhere, including on your smart speaker. Play for audio versions of WIRED's Business stories, including the latest on blockchain, crypto, startups, telecoms, national affairs, and tech culture.

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Episodes

The Threat of Covid-19 Disrupts the Disrupters

3/30/2020
Accelerators like Y-Combinator have had online programs, but the pandemic might force even its elite core program to go entirely remote for the first time.

Duration:00:08:51

While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here's How One Is Thriving

3/27/2020
The food service industry is facing pandemic-related layoffs and closings, but tech-savvy chef Eric Rivera is using online platforms to keep his business in the black.

Duration:00:09:05

We're Not Going to Run Out of Food—so Don't Panic Shop

3/26/2020
Food producers, distributors, and warehouse operators say supplies are plentiful, so long as stores can be restocked.

Duration:00:05:31

A Beach Town Wrestles With Cutting Its Economic Lifeline

3/25/2020
Health officials want to close beaches crowded with spring breakers to slow the spread of coronavirus. Local businesses fear the financial impact.

Duration:00:06:06

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line of Defense

3/24/2020
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all announced this week that thousands of content moderators are being sent home—leaving more of our feeds in the hands of machines.

Duration:00:10:26

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

3/23/2020
Netflix is slowing streams in Europe in an effort to preserve bandwidth amid the pandemic. But US providers seem to be holding up to the surge in usage.

Duration:00:05:14

Coronavirus Exposes Workers to the Risks of the Gig Economy

3/20/2020
Drivers for Uber and Lyft in Seattle say demand for rides has plummeted, and they have few workplace benefits to fall back on.

Duration:00:06:48

Bill Gates Has Left the Board Room

3/19/2020
Microsoft's founder has been slowly inching away from his company. Now Gates has stepped down from the board seat he held for 44 years.

Duration:00:05:07

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

3/18/2020
Google and the White House are working together now, but they're still not describing the same website.

Duration:00:06:34

Buy One of These Fonts—Then Decide If It's Your Type

3/17/2020
Digestive is a peculiar font. Its ornate, wiggly letters make it look a bit like calligraphy by aliens from outer space. But Digestive isn't just unusual in how it looks. It's also unusual in how it was sold. Thanks to Future Fonts, a platform for selling fonts that are still works-in-progress, Digestive was already gracing magazine covers, concert posters, and even perfume boxes, before designer Jérémy Landes considered it finished.

Duration:00:07:14

Python Is More Popular Than Ever

3/16/2020
Narrators read our favorite written stories. You can listen to them anywhere, including on your smart speaker. Play for audio versions of WIRED's Business stories, including the latest on blockchain, crypto, startups, telecoms, national affairs, and tech culture.

Duration:00:04:34

Big Data Promises Better Deals. But for Whom?

3/13/2020
The announcement earlier this week that Intuit, the financial software giant, would be buying the personal finance company Credit Karma for $7 billion was striking. The tech industry is under more antitrust scrutiny than ever; just a few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a broad inquiry into the past decade of acquisitions by the five biggest tech giants, with a focus on mergers that kill off budding rivals.

Duration:00:08:24

NYC’s Crackdown on Illegal Airbnb Empires Has a New Target

3/11/2020
On Thursday, 18 stories above the streets of Manhattan, the rooftop bar of one of the more than a dozen Marriott hotels in Midtown played host to an unusual crowd. Some were Airbnb hosts, others repped the burgeoning homesharing startup scene, most were wannabe rental empire titans—all were members of New York City’s booming short-term rental industry interested in learning how to turn their Airbnb side hustle into a hospitality superbrand.

Duration:00:09:36

Amazon Pulled Over 1 Million Items Capitalizing on Coronavirus

3/10/2020
Amazon is cracking down on third-party merchants who violate its policies while selling items related to the new coronavirus disease known as Covid-19. Following reports by WIRED and others of price gouging and misleading claims, the retail giant confirmed it had removed or blocked over one million products that falsely advertised to defend against or cure the illness, as well as tens of thousands of items—such as face masks—that were listed for inflated prices.

Duration:00:04:23

Being Happy at Work Is Simply Not Enough

3/9/2020
This story is part of a collection of pieces on how we work today, from video conferencing to using productivity apps for off-label purposes to appeasing our robot overlords. When J. Lo and Shakira put on their “provocative” performance during the Super Bowl halftime show in January, was it an act of female empowerment or a demeaning objectification? Just kidding. People will never agree on that.

Duration:00:27:57

With a $10 Billion Fund, Jeff Bezos Can Control the Planet’s Future

3/6/2020
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may very well have fundamentally changed the fight against climate change this week. In an Instagram post Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.

Duration:00:07:45

Here's Another Chance to Weigh In on the FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

3/5/2020
The Federal Communications Commission is once again seeking comment on its repeal of its Obama-era net neutrality rules. But the new comment period isn't focused on the usual issues that underpin the net neutrality debate, such as blocking or throttling content. Instead it will focus on less-noticed aspects of the agency's decision with regards to public safety and the agency's oversight of broadband internet providers.

Duration:00:05:11

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

3/4/2020
Fans of games like Dungeons & Dragons know that the fun comes, in part, from a creative Dungeon Master—an all-powerful narrator who follows a storyline but has free rein to improvise in response to players’ actions and the fate of the dice. This kind of spontaneous yet coherent storytelling is extremely difficult for artificial intelligence, even as AI has mastered more constrained board games such as chess and Go.

Duration:00:07:52

This Technique Uses AI to Fool Other AIs

3/3/2020
Artificial intelligence has made big strides recently in understanding language, but it can still suffer from an alarming, and potentially dangerous, kind of algorithmic myopia. Research shows how AI programs that parse and analyze text can be confused and deceived by carefully crafted phrases. A sentence that seems straightforward to you or me may have a strange ability to deceive an AI algorithm.

Duration:00:05:18

Chinese Hospitals Deploy AI to Help Diagnose Covid-19

3/2/2020
Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, is at the heart of the outbreak of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that has shut down cities in China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. That’s forced the hospital to become a testbed for how quickly a modern medical center can adapt to a new infectious disease epidemic.

Duration:00:07:13