This week, Devindra and Andy are joined by former regular co-host (and current TechMeme editor) Lidija Davis as we discuss Groupon’s IPO launch, Google claims Apple’s Siri is a ‘competitive threat’, Disney & YouTube team up, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet, Steve Jobs’ lost interview, Google + opens up for businesses, Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S, Adobe ceases mobile Flash development, and we look at the Verge.
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.
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.
This week we discuss the Google/Facebook data portability war, the return of lists on Digg filtered by content type (and additional changes to their UI), the debut of social browser Rockmelt, game theory to explain viral content on social news sites, Skype 5.0 beta for Mac, an alleged sexual assault on a Googler by a Twitter employee, Google instant previews, Google gives free in-flight wifi away for the holidays, installing Android on a jailbroken iPhone, Fox News blocks Google TV, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and an iPhone app that plays Flash video.