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 170 – Damn Hipsters

This week The Drill Down team reflects on Steve Jobs’ announced medical leave from Apple and ponders the company’s future without him, Apple posts record quarterly earnings, rounding up rumors on the iPad 2, the overthrow of a tyrant in Tunisia  facilitated by the internet, why you should always encrypt your smartphone, the government approves a Comcast-NBC Deal, Why John C. Dvorak doesn’t use Facebook, a battle between H.264 and WebM codecs, NetFlix drops the ‘Add to DVD queue’ option from streaming devices, I Can Has Cheezburger raises $30M in funding, & ‘The Social Network’ wins the Golden Globes and causes its creators to reevaluate their opinion of Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Drill Down 165 – Hot Potato

This week The Drill Down crew (spontaneously joined again by blogger Amy Vernon) discuss updates to Google Chrome, including the introduction of the Chrome App Store and a test platform for ChromeOS, further developments in Cablegate, including the arrest of Julian Assange and subsequent response from Anonymous, Facebook’s overhauled profile pages, Samsung’s Android-powered Nexus S, Tumblr’s downtime woes, AT&T named worst carrier by Consumer Reports, Google’s eBookstore, Google’s search algo changes, and a sneak peek at Google’s “Facebook-killer”, Google+1


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