The Drill Down 228: The Social Network Strikes Back (preview)

This week, we take a look at April Fools’ Day on the web, Apple’s rumored upcoming  TV set vs. existing console-based options, and  bad news for Yahoo, as Facebook strikes back, plus these hot tech headlines:

Instagram comes to Android, details on Sony‘s next-generation Playstation, Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs, Apple addresses worker violations at Foxconn, an iPhone stalker app raises privacy concerns on Facebook, Amazon wins sales tax fight in Colorado, Google to sell tablets online, Google tests augmented reality goggles & OMGPop‘s CEO gets catty.

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The Drill Down 223: Targeting your Habits (preview)

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.

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The Drill Down 222 – Inside Blogball (preview)

This week, following last week’s coverage of the Path debacle, we take a look at other companies that are storing your data without your permission, and later, we examine whether tech journalists today are really putting research and expertise into their work, or merely using sensationalism to chase pageviews.

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The Drill Down 196 – Enter the Cyber-Dragon

This week Andy and Devindra are joined by Dwayne De Freitas, Devindra’s co-host on the Symbiotek podcast.

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.

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The Drill Down 186 – On the Bubble?

This week, The Drill Down crew discuss TechCrunch Disrupt, a tragic explosion at iPad assembler Foxconn, rumors of the next iPhone, why Microsoft would buy Nokia, Facebook partners with Spotify, Sony suffers additional hack attacks, Twitter buys Tweetdeck, digital music download price wars, an update to Windows Phone 7, Hurt Locker sues a record number of file-sharing defendants, Amazon sells more e-books than print, Barnes & Noble announce a touch-enabled e-reader, and Duke Nukem is finally finished!

Later we discuss the launch of LinkedIn’s IPO, ending with a $9 Billion valuation, and whether or not this will precipitate a new tech bubble. Then we talk about Apple’s new Apple Store 2.0 concept, Square’s new Register & Card Case apps, and how these will transform retail Point-of-Sale.

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The Drill Down 140 – No Teleprompter

This week, JD and Tom fly solo (duo?) as they discuss Google’s Bing imitation, Post-suicide wage increases at Foxconn, World Cup Fever, Microsoft Kinect, Portal 2, Free WiFi at Starbucks, and Kevin Rose’s post-Diggnation plans.

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