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Earlier this week, we learned that Information subscribers aren’t as impressed with the Internet of Things as the tech industry would probably like them to be. And as Steve Nellis explains on this week’s podcast, that’s a big problem given how much emphasis companies like Google, Apple and even Salesforce are putting on making money off this new world of constantly communicating devices.

Steve also talks about subscriber attitudes to some of the biggest private tech companies that come through in the latest subscriber survey. Nearly one year after we began testing the waters of our subscribers with the monthly questionnaire, the trends that have emerged are interesting to check out.

In the podcast’s second segment, our New York based writer Alfred Lee talks via Skype about his exclusive story detailing which private tech companies use supervoting shares to maintain control. What was initially the domain of public companies in media and more recently tech is now common among the most valuable private tech firms, despite unhappiness among investors.

Also, Tom takes a break from the weekly offer of a free month subscription to talk about The Information’s broad-based hiring plans.

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