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Your guide to the most interesting and important tech and business news of the day. Learn how our digital world is changing — and changing us — five days a week, in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Recode and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Roblox: 40 million games in one

Jul 23 • 09:46

Roblox is one of the fastest growing games in the world right now. But depending on who you ask, some would say it’s more than a game. The app lets users not only play, but also join virtual birthday parties, attend real-time concerts, or just roam around a seemingly infinite digital world....

Did Anthony Bourdain say that?

Jul 22 • 10:52

The new documentary Roadrunner takes a look at the life of Anthony Bourdain, the late celebrity chef, author, and travel show host. But one decision by the filmmakers is raising questions: The film uses artificial intelligence to recreate Bourdain’s voice. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson joins Recode’s Rani Molla to discuss the ethical dilemma the documentary poses....

How much does it cost to leave Earth?

Jul 20 • 07:36

Rich entrepreneurs have taken significant steps in recent weeks to make civilian space travel a reality. But that reality is only accessible to those who can afford the staggeringly expensive ticket....

Social media’s racial bias problem

Jul 16 • 10:12

Social media has a problem with racism, and it knows it. But as social media giants like Facebook and Twitter promise to make things better, their users still have to deal with the consequences, whether that’s being exposed to racist trolls or having their content unfairly flagged. Today on Recode Daily we are talking about two recent events that highlight these problems: ...

Why is everything so expensive right now?

Jul 15 • 11:22

Lots of consumer products and services have gotten more expensive over the last year, when the pandemic threw prices out of whack. Some have worried this could signal a coming period of stagnation, or even an economic collapse. But economists say these unstable costs are likely just the economy working itself out. Vox’s Emily Stewart (@EmilyStewartM) and Rani Molla explain....

How social media threatens humanity

Jul 14 • 15:35

Social media has, in an incredibly short period of time, drastically restructured the way we communicate. But there's a problem: We know very little about its dangers. A new paper in the scientific journal PNAS argues that if left misunderstood and unchecked, we could see unintended consequences of new technology. Recode's Shirin Ghaffary spoke with Mirta Galesic and Jay V...

The power grid vs. climate change

Jul 13 • 10:29

Recent extreme temperature events, like snowstorms in Texas and heat waves in Oregon and California, have put the United States’ power grid to the test. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil (@rebheilweil) reports the country’s energy infrastructure is facing significant challenges as climate change persists....

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