The Drill Down 141 – Killswitch Engage?

The Drill Down crew are joined by Devindra Hardawar (of VentureBeat and his own Symbiotek Podcast) to discuss the proposed bill to allow the President to shut off the internet, record breaking pre-orders for the iPhone4, iPhone reception problems, record breaking iPad sales (and the effect that’s had on the Kindle), Google Voice for everyone, “Piracy is Theft,” says VP Joe Biden, and Jimmy Kimmel proves the show must go on!

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A Digger crashes a Reddit meetup

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite as incendiary as the title suggests. After all, I have officially been a Redditor for almost a year now (and over two years if you count my first real Reddit account).

In any case, I happened to be in the Downtown Los Angeles area for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), so I decided to accept the open invitation to join my fellow LA Redditors at the Veranda Bar at the Figueroa Hotel for drinks. Having been to plenty of Digg meetups, and never to a Reddit meetup, I didn’t know what to expect.

What I discovered was an intimate gathering of warm, genuine, fascinating people whose passion for scintillating conversation extended way beyond the keyboard. We laughed, we drank (lots), we trolled.

I had the pleasure to (finally) meet Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (aka kn0thing, who unfortunately did NOT bring the awesomesauce, as far as I saw), a person whose accomplishments I’ve admired for some time now. Once we were both sufficiently loosened up with margaritas and beer, I asked him the question that has plagued feuding nations since time immemorial, from the Israelis vs. Palestinians  to the Irish Protestants vs. Catholics to the French soccer team vs. everyone else… Why can’t Diggers and Redditors get along? He offered a unique solution, plus his thoughts on a recent Ohanian-bashing post on TechCrunch.

I’d like to thank my gracious fellow Redditors for a terrific time at the meetup. Here’s to future meetups!

The Drill Down 138 – New Day, New Time

The Drill Down team (including new permanent co-host Tom Cheredar) debut on their new day and time (Wednesdays, 6:30 pm Pacific), with a slew of stories covering Facebook’s official response to privacy criticisms, the first human infected with a computer virus, a new Apple TV, Tim & NBC/Universal refuse the move to HTML5, the tragic cost of Pac-Man, Half-Life 2 for the Mac, Steve Jobs speaks out, and Digg’s upcoming new version 4.

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