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Molly Wood

Host and senior editor

SHORT BIO

I'm the host of “Marketplace Tech,” a daily broadcast focused on demystifying the digital economy. I'm also co-host of the “Make Me Smart” podcast alongside Kai Ryssdal, where we try to make sense of big topics in business, tech and culture.

What was your first job?

Grocery store checker (but I also drove an ice cream truck once).

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Time, the most precious thing of all.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A pet!

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My electric fireplace! It is both cute and cozy.

 

Latest Stories from Molly (2,729)

Climate adaptation isn’t surrender. It’s survival

by Molly Wood May 17, 2019
Investment in adaptation technology needs to grow.
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Facebook’s version of privacy still collects plenty of data

by Molly Wood May 3, 2019
The company’s business model isn’t changing — it’s still collecting your info for ads.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces new Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram privacy features at the F8 developer’s conference in San Jose, California, on April 30.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

How will the tech IPO boom change Bay Area real estate?

by Molly Wood May 2, 2019
If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
People look at a home for sale during an open house on April 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California. In the wake of several tech IPOs, San Francisco is bracing for its already expensive real estate market to get even more expensive.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Apple might make its own modem chips to get to a 5G iPhone

by Molly Wood Apr 30, 2019
Will we get a 5G iPhone faster this way?
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Who protects you from making a bad purchase... on your smart speaker?

by Molly Wood Apr 29, 2019
Today's voice assistants and smart devices can act like salespeople who knock on your door.
Updated "Echo Dots" are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.
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The rise and fall of Facebook’s memory economy

by Molly Wood Apr 26, 2019
Facebook’s “Memories” feature used to be Molly Wood's favorite thing about the platform. Not anymore.
Facebook’s “Memories” feature used to be Molly Wood's favorite thing about the platform. Not anymore.
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In the novel ‘Delta-v,’ asteroid mining gets us to move to space

by Molly Wood Apr 24, 2019
... maybe the ultimate climate change adaptation.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Is "Fortnite" any more addictive than Facebook?

by Molly Wood Apr 23, 2019
Mental health experts aren't all on the same page.
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Big Tech is prepping for California's tough new privacy law

by Molly Wood Apr 18, 2019
While some are planning for compliance, others keep fighting to weaken it.
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Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: cybersecurity is national security

by Molly Wood Apr 17, 2019
The Obama administration official says its importance is "impossible to overstate."
Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, speaks during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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