The Drill Down 195 – Feeding the Patent Trolls

The Drill Down team is back from ComicCon, and we’re wrapping up our discussion about what we’ve seen there, including a groundbreaking breakthrough from director Francis Ford Coppola. RIM cuts 10% of their work staff, China clones Apple stores, Google+ struggles with pseudonyms, LulzSec boycotts PayPal, and the White House RickRolls a Twitterer.

Later we discuss the increasing problem of software patent litigation and itsĀ stiflingĀ of innovation. And Devindra reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air.

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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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