Amazon Key bets you'll give up privacy for convenience (The 3:59, Ep. 312)

We preview the upcoming Amazon Key service and talk about BlackBerry's woes.

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile | 5G | Big Tech | Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Ben Fox Rubin
Roger Cheng

Tech companies keep asking us to give up just a little more privacy so they can offer us improved and personalized services.

The latest round in this trade-off comes from Amazon Key, an in-home delivery and professional services program that launches Wednesday. For today's podcast, we debate the merits of the service and consider whether people will adopt it.

Also on the show, we discuss BlackBerry's continued problems, as well as a CNET Magazine interview with Chadwick Boseman and Lynn La's feature about sex-ed online.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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