This week, TDD regulars Devindra Hardawar, Dwayne DeFreitas, Chris Burnor, Andrew Sorcini & semi-regular Lidija Davis discuss the US Justice Department’s bust of filesharing site Megaupload, in the wake of the fall of SOPA & PIPA, and whether or not those measures really mattered in the first place. Also we talk about a plan to kill Hollywood, and what to replace it with. Later we discuss Apple’s new textbook initiative, and their amazing 1st quarter profits. But first, we look at some other tech headlines…
We look at the President’s State of the Union speech as it pertains to tech, Facebook launches Timeline apps, RIM intros a new CEO, Google Plus allows pseudonyms, and Google tracks user info across all its products.
This week, we note the tragic passing of one of the founders of Diaspora, Logitech says goodbye to Google TV, Steam gets hacked, the Kindle Fire is roasted, the DOJ wants to make lying on your profile a felony, batteries get a technological boost, Community is ‘on the bubble’, COD:MW3 & Skyrim make huge debuts, Minecraft comes to iOS, and Black Friday is upon us!
Later we discuss the official launches of both Google Music and iTunes Match from beta, and we rant briefly on the future of interaction design (our hands’ place in that future).
This week we bring you a supersized episode as we celebrate The Drill Down podcast’s 200th episode with interviews with former show co-hosts Reg Saddler & Lidija Davis, as they reminisce over their experiences on the show.
But before that, we cover two weeks worth of tech analysis, including the resignation of Rob ‘CmdrTaco’ Malda from Slashdot, an Apple television in the works, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Explorer layout, iTunes Match’s streaming function, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle tablet, the US Department of Justice and Sprint move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Apple loses another prototype iPhone (and attempts to get it back), Starz won’t renew its deal with Netflix, Michael Arrington starts a venture fund (and gets ousted from TechCrunch), Conde Nast spins Reddit off into its own company, and Yahoo! fires CEO Carol Bartz.