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This week Dwayne, Devindra & Andy talk about the death of AT&T/T-Mobile, the public launch of Facebook Timeline, Zynga’s disappointing IPO, Sprint ditches Carrier IQ, SOPA is on hold for the holidays, Apple wins a patent over HTC, RIAA and other content kings caught filesharing, and the Dark Knight Rises & Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailers emerge.
Later, we discuss IBM’s 6th annual list of 5 technology predictions in the next 5 years, and Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ list of the years top searches.
The Drill Down crew are joined by Devindra Hardawar (of VentureBeat and his own Symbiotek Podcast) to discuss the proposed bill to allow the President to shut off the internet, record breaking pre-orders for the iPhone4, iPhone reception problems, record breaking iPad sales (and the effect that’s had on the Kindle), Google Voice for everyone, “Piracy is Theft,” says VP Joe Biden, and Jimmy Kimmel proves the show must go on!
The Drill Down welcomes (again) Geeks Of Doom columnist Tom Cheredar as a regular member of The Drill Down team (Yay!!), as we discuss (yet again) Facebook privacy breaches as it’s discovered they’re sending personal user info to advertisers, a site that lets you search users Facebook updates, and how your office copier is spying on you in an unbelievable way. We also cover the brief fall (and rise) of The Pirate Bay, Google TV, Encrypted Google search, Google celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, the creation of artificial life, and two of the best reviewed new videogames of the year.
Andy, Mu and Reg discuss three very different cautionary tales of privacy violations on open social networks. Then on Lightning Round: the theory of everything discovered by a surfer, Gene Simmons puts his foot in it, Fox News Porn, and we give shout outs to just about everyone.