The Drill Down 307: Turning of the Tide (Preview)

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On this week’s show: Google previously bought seven robotics companies, and this week it buys the Big Dog (literally), Sprint guns for T-Mobile, Instagram wants a piece of Snapchat’s action, Twitter changes blocking–then changes their mind, are the NSA’s actions unconstitutional?

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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), marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Box tech consultant Tosin Onafowokan. Occasionally joining them is Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor.

The Drill Down 210 – The Human Touch

This week, we note the tragic passing of one of the founders of Diaspora, Logitech says goodbye to Google TV, Steam gets hacked, the Kindle Fire is roasted, the DOJ wants to make lying on your profile a felony, batteries get a technological boost, Community is ‘on the bubble’, COD:MW3 & Skyrim make huge debuts, Minecraft comes to iOS, and Black Friday is upon us!

Later we discuss the official launches of both Google Music and iTunes Match from beta, and we rant briefly on the future of interaction design (our hands’ place in that future).

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The Drill Down 206 – Does that come in white?

This week we discuss Apple’s lackluster Q4 report, the passing of Dennis Ritchie (the father of Unix & C), Groupon & Living Social caught inflating regular prices to make deals look better, Reddit comments lead to movie deal, an upcoming Google music store, Skype founders launch Vdio, Lytro announces its new light field camera.

Later we discuss Google’s 4.0 iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android vs iOS 5, and Amit Gupta’s request for bone marrow donors.

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The Drill Down 199 – Farewell, Steve

This week, we say goodbye to Steve Jobs as he officially resigns as CEO of Apple, and COO Tim Cook takes over. We also take a look at the possibility that the iPhone 5 will be on all major carriers by the end of this year, Apple is building a cheaper 8GB iPhone, IBM produces chips based on the human brain, Skype acquires GroupMe, an 8-day delay by Fox on Hulu triggers a surge in piracy, Cloud music services score big in new copyright ruling, and Samsung cites ‘2001’ for prior art against the iPad.

Later, HP spins off their PC business, sells the TouchPad at a loss, and effectively kills WebOS. Also director Sir Ridley Scott plans another ‘Blade Runner’ film, and Devindra reviews Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

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The Drill Down 184 – Sky.net

This week, we’re proud to add Devindra Hardawar (reporter for VentureBeat and co-host of the Symbiotek & Slashfilmcast podcasts) as part of our regular roundtable of co-hosts (welcome, Devindra!).

We discuss the new “add to Tumblr” button for publishers, using speech to recharge cellphones, inside Apple with Steve Jobs, infighting amongst Anonymous factions, the Biggest BitTorrent case in U.S. history, Google lobbies for driverless cars, and a FCC commissioner who brokered Comcast’s merger with Universal leaves to lobby for Comcast.

Later we discuss Microsoft’s deal to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion, and we cover news from Google’s I/O conference, including Google Music Beta, movie rentals on YouTube, Android@Home, and Chromebooks

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