The Drill Down 212 – Holiday Shopping Guide 2011

This week we deliver The Drill Down’s annual holiday shopping guide, a list of the best tech appliances, gadgets, software and media, hand-picked by Andy, Dwayne & Devindra for your perusal.

But first, the tech headlines: Black Friday/Cyber Monday spending is up, Facebook gets slapped over privacy concerns, Google Maps goes inside, Google TV goes X-Rated, GamePro is dead, FCC disses AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and an Android app is logging your keystrokes.

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The Drill Down 206 – Does that come in white?

This week we discuss Apple’s lackluster Q4 report, the passing of Dennis Ritchie (the father of Unix & C), Groupon & Living Social caught inflating regular prices to make deals look better, Reddit comments lead to movie deal, an upcoming Google music store, Skype founders launch Vdio, Lytro announces its new light field camera.

Later we discuss Google’s 4.0 iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android vs iOS 5, and Amit Gupta’s request for bone marrow donors.

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The Drill Down 203 – From a Kindle to a Fire

This week Andy, Devindra and Dwayne welcome back former TDD co-host Lidija Davis as new semi-regular to the show. We share what we’re experiencing this week, then discuss Meg Whitman’s appointment as HP’s new CEO, new (old) management at Yahoo, Netflix signs a deal with Dreamworks, Dish launches Blockbuster streaming, Amazon’s streaming service partners with Fox, Microsoft will get royalties from Samsung for every Android device sold, Surveys say things are changing, Delicious relaunches, and Zynga’s profits are down 95%.

Later, we talk about Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference announcements, including  Timelines and “frictionless” sharing. Then we review Amazon’s new Kindle lineup, including the Kindle touch and the Fire.

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The Drill Down 198 – Googorola Not Motoogle

This week, The Drill Down crew looks at: Nintendo investors pressure the company to develop software for smartphones, Google+ launches games and Facebook strikes back, Is Flickr dead?,  A leaked AT&T letter undermines their case for a T-Mobile merger, and President Obama joins Foursquare.

Later we dive into Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the shockwave that announcement made within the mobile community. We also discuss San Francisco BART’s decision to shut down wireless and cell communication in advance of a protest, and the Anonymous (& public) response.

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The Drill Down 189 – All Aboard the Lulz Boat!

Ahoy! This week The Drill Down crew discusses Google’s doodles, Google’s answer to SMS, Google voice search on desktop, image search via your own photos & pre-caching of predicted search results. Also, a massive Bitcoin theft, an interview with Bill Gates, Facebook’s impending IPO and Pandora’s recent IPO success, Steve Jobs’ Apple ‘spaceship’ campus, Apple now selling unlocked GSM phones, Apple settles a patent dispute with Nokia, rumors of an iPad 3 later this year, XBOX Live on Windows 8, Duke Nukem Forever is finally released (to terrible reviews), and the IMF is hit by a sophisticated cyberattack.

Later, we discuss bold (and reckless) cyberattacks by merry pranksters Lulz Security, and the exodus of major movie studio presence from Comic-Con.

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The Drill Down 184 – Sky.net

This week, we’re proud to add Devindra Hardawar (reporter for VentureBeat and co-host of the Symbiotek & Slashfilmcast podcasts) as part of our regular roundtable of co-hosts (welcome, Devindra!).

We discuss the new “add to Tumblr” button for publishers, using speech to recharge cellphones, inside Apple with Steve Jobs, infighting amongst Anonymous factions, the Biggest BitTorrent case in U.S. history, Google lobbies for driverless cars, and a FCC commissioner who brokered Comcast’s merger with Universal leaves to lobby for Comcast.

Later we discuss Microsoft’s deal to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion, and we cover news from Google’s I/O conference, including Google Music Beta, movie rentals on YouTube, Android@Home, and Chromebooks

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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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