During this week's show, staff writer Zoë Henry talks about how small business owners across America say they would have to fire dozens of skilled employees if President Trump rescinds a decades-old program that protects immigrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
Staff writer Will Yakowicz talks about how forensic software startups are helping law enforcement agencies catch criminals who use bitcoin. By studying transactions on the blockchain, the software companies find patterns and clusters of associated digital wallets and connect those wallets to specific crimes.
San Francisco bureau chief Jeff Bercovici called in from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to Bercovici, many tech companies showcased products that solve nonexistent problems--from drone suitcases to a robot that will slowly fold your laundry. Another theme at CES this year was "paranoia technology," Bercovici says, describing products that will track water and air quality in your home and personal security robots that will also vacuum your apartment.