What right to privacy do we expect when we choose to act anonymously on the internet? Is it acceptable to violate the privacy of one class of user over another? Is it the duty of objective journalism to make that decision? The outing of Reddit‘s ViolentAcrez, “the Biggest Troll on the Web” by Gawker columnist Adrian Chen brings to light those questions and more this week.
Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.
Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.
This week Tom and Andy discuss Research In Motion’s recent missteps, Google crowdsources map refinements, AT&T admits to network failures, ,more news on Nintendo’s next console, Sony’s Playstation Network clobbered by intruders, the effects of Gawker’s redesign on their traffic, Netflix becomes the largest subscription business in the US, How (and why) Apple tracks your location and who’s using this info now.
Later, we discuss a major failure of Amazon’s cloud service, the multiple sites it affected and whether cloud services are the right choice for small enterprise. Finally we discus various rumors on the upcoming changes in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.
This week Tom Cheredar and Andrew Sorcini are joined by social media expert Mark Frost as we discuss AOL’s purchase of Huffington Post (and the assignment of Ariana Huffington in charge of AOL’s entire editorial content), Verizon breaks all pre-sale records with the iPhone 4, Canada reverses its stance on data caps, Gawker Media’s new layout design, tech companies return to Super Bowl ads (and Groupon’s incendiary ads), Apple’s new iPad in production, Mark Zuckerberg gets a stalker, Anonymous pwns FBI contractor HBGary, and Duke Nukem Forever arrives with a whimper.
This week our Skype is down, so we jury-rig a broadcast solution via iPhone, hence our spotty audio. We discuss the FCC’s weak ruling on Net Neutrality, Mark Zuckerberg: Man of the Year & generous philanthropist, Yahoo ‘sunsets’ several services (& people), Gawker’s passwords are breached, your apps are watching you, and Google launches their Ngram viewer.