The Drill Down 196 – Enter the Cyber-Dragon

This week Andy and Devindra are joined by Dwayne De Freitas, Devindra’s co-host on the Symbiotek podcast.

We discuss Spotify’s patent infringement woes, Google’s stance on ‘bogus patents”, Logitech cuts the price on their GoogleTV device (and loses a CEO), a bogus study claiming IE users are dumb, Apple has more cash than the US government, AT&T throttles Unlimited Data subscribers, President Obama spams users on Twitter (and loses 40K followers), 92% of Newt Gingrich’s Twitter followers are fake, Foxconn to replace workers with 1M robots, Adobe launches HTML5 alternative to Flash, and Apple launched iCloud beta.

Later, we discuss Operation ShadyRAT, one of the largest, most widespread cyber-espionage campaigns ever perpetrated, and we ponder whether handheld gaming consoles are obsolete in the era of the smartphone.

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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 187 – Now This Means War

This week we discuss the return of the PlayStation Store, Chinese labor camp prisoners forced to gold farm, Mark Zuckerberg’s eat-what-you-kill diet & his thoughts on privacy anxiety, Google’s +1 button for websites, Twitter’s Follow button & partnerships with Firefox and Photobucket, Samsung vs. Apple, and Apple’s upcoming WWDC announcements.

Later, we discuss the escalating consequences of cyberhacking, Google’s Wallet, and a preview of Windows 8.

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The Drill Down 152 – Hail to the King, Baby!

This week The Drill Down team explore Google Instant, craigslist’s censorship of their adult services listings; a slew of new Apple releases, including Ping, a music discovery service for iTunes, and AppleTV; Paul Allen unleashes patent troll hell upon Silicon Valley; Netflix for the iTunes; Google’s Gmail linked phone service and Priority Inbox; China’s “character amnesia”; and the Duke is back from the dead!

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