This week, we look the science of habit formation and how retailers and other businesses are using that data to fine tune their marketing focus. Also at how Google bypassed privacy settings in Apple‘s Safari and Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer to track users web browsing.
This week, The Drill Down crew looks at: Nintendo investors pressure the company to develop software for smartphones, Google+ launches games and Facebook strikes back, Is Flickr dead?, A leaked AT&T letter undermines their case for a T-Mobile merger, and President Obama joins Foursquare.
Later we dive into Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the shockwave that announcement made within the mobile community. We also discuss San Francisco BART’s decision to shut down wireless and cell communication in advance of a protest, and the Anonymous (& public) response.
This week we discuss Sony missing the holiday window for their PS Vita launch, Google’s first self-driving vehicle crash (kind of), Anonymous hacks the Syrian Defense Ministry site, Digg launches a new feature called Newswire, Nokia ends Symbian development in the US for Windows Mobile, Facebook launches a new mobile messaging service, Apple (briefly) becomes the world’s most valuable company, Gizmodo’s name is cleared from prototype iPhone 4 theft, Amazon does an end-run around Apple’s iOS app restrictions with a web-based Kindle reader, and Anonymous vows to kill Facebook.
Later we discuss the Greater London Riots and how Social Media has been used to both aid conspirators to coordinate their actions and help peacekeeping forces to identify looters. We also discuss further volleys in the patent wars as Microsoft & Google play the blame game, and Apple blocks the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe.
This week we say goodbye to the Winklevii, Lulzsec prattles on, Bitcoin’s exchange gets hacked, Apple releases Final Cut Pro X (ecks), ICANN opens the floodgates, Facebook gets musical with Spotify, the NY Post puts up a (weak) iPad paywall, Lytro reinvents the camera lens, Hulu and PopCap put themselves up for sale, and Weird Al strikes again.
Later we look at the Nokia N9 (and wonder what Nokia’s up to), we ponder the future of Research In Motion, and we attend an old-school slut shaming hosted by TechCrunch’s own Michael Arrington.