The Drill Down 192 – Two Things Certain In Life, Taxes & Tiered Data

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This week we read an anonymously sent letter from a top Blackberry exec about the company’s failings, the dance is over for Californians skirting sales taxes online, Zynga files for a billion dollar IPO, hackers announce the President’s assassination, Apple orders 25M iPhone 5s for the fall, Verizon kills all-you-can-eat data, Google may buy Hulu, and ends Realtime search.

After the break we examine the phenomenon that is Google+, one week later, including plans to fold older services into G+. Then we take a first peek at Facebook’s new Skype-integrated video chat.

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The Drill Down 186 – On the Bubble?

This week, The Drill Down crew discuss TechCrunch Disrupt, a tragic explosion at iPad assembler Foxconn, rumors of the next iPhone, why Microsoft would buy Nokia, Facebook partners with Spotify, Sony suffers additional hack attacks, Twitter buys Tweetdeck, digital music download price wars, an update to Windows Phone 7, Hurt Locker sues a record number of file-sharing defendants, Amazon sells more e-books than print, Barnes & Noble announce a touch-enabled e-reader, and Duke Nukem is finally finished!

Later we discuss the launch of LinkedIn’s IPO, ending with a $9 Billion valuation, and whether or not this will precipitate a new tech bubble. Then we talk about Apple’s new Apple Store 2.0 concept, Square’s new Register & Card Case apps, and how these will transform retail Point-of-Sale.

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Is the cloud the future of low-wage labor?

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Amazon is a leader in the cloud-computing world with a wide range of services from on-the-fly computing power to large scale data hosting to virtual network services hosting Amazon has built up a full service platform. A company can outsource the entirety of its IT infrastructure to the Amazon cloud, in theory. Full-time support staff is available as well to handle users or support questions, project development support or customer service.

The Internet is filled with companies offering these services and much more. It’s gotten so that an individual could create, staff and manage a small company with sales staff on the road, developers and management on the back end and tech support for staff and customers including full accounting and financial management from their bedroom. Amazon has pioneered a new level in this new world, cloud labor. Continue reading

The Drill Down 181 – Week of Oops

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This week Tom and Andy discuss Research In Motion’s recent missteps, Google crowdsources map refinements, AT&T admits to network failures, ,more news on Nintendo’s next console, Sony’s Playstation Network clobbered by intruders, the effects of Gawker’s redesign on their traffic, Netflix becomes the largest subscription business in the US, How (and why) Apple tracks your location and who’s using this info now.

Later, we discuss a major failure of Amazon’s cloud service, the multiple sites it affected and whether cloud services are the right choice for small enterprise. Finally we discus various rumors on the upcoming changes in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

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The Drill Down 178 – AT&T +1

This week, Tom and Andy make up for two weeks lost time, and do it in whirlwind fashion.

Tom wraps up highlights of his trip to CTIA Wireless. We discuss ICANN’s approval of the .XXX domain, New York Times’ paywall, Showtime’s decision to pull future shows from Netflix, the release of Firefox 4,  Amazon’s online Cloud Player, and Google’s +1 social recommendation button.

Later, we discuss AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile, and the ramifications it has for the mobile industry, and we finish off the show with a brief discussion of the future of Digg following Founder Kevin Rose’s departure.

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