The Drill Down 208 – Every Kinda People (and Robots)

This week, TDD team (including Tom Cheredar) discuss Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs, Sony buys Ericsson out of their mobile joint venture, HP decides to keep PC division, E-PARASITES would create the Great Firewall of America, Apple acquires mind-blowing 3D mapping technology, creepy PETMAN robot is the first iteration of the Terminator, Google launches an iPhone GMail app (then takes it back), and Rockstar releases a trailer for GTA V.

Later, we discuss Google’s new updates to Google TV and 100 new content channels  for YouTube and how these may disrupt the home TV viewing experience. Lastly, we explore the lack of racial diversity in the tech sector, causes and potential solutions.

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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 2010 Holiday Gadget Gift List

Because The Drill Down wants you to be armed and informed this holiday shopping season, we’ve put together our tech gift picks to add to your shopping list. We’ll start with gadget blogger Sukhjit, our guest during our recent Gift Guide episode.
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The Drill Down 161 – We Need To Go Deeper…

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.

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The Drill Down 159 – Grave Diggers

This week, the Drill Down Crew welcome Bracken MacLeod, moderator of Reddit’s Zombies subreddit, as we discuss– what else, zombies, including Sears’ ghoulish zombie-themed site. Later we welcome Digg user Lt. Gen. Panda, as he discusses research into Digg’s API that uncovered an army of Digg-created accounts used to test (and allegedly inflate story counts). We also discuss Digg laying off 37% of their staff, WikiLeaks releases 390, 000 reports documenting Iraq War actions, a flaw in Facebook outs gay users to advertisers, networks block content to GoogleTV, and Playstation releases a phone!

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The Drill Down 137 – Welcome to the Team, Tom!

The Drill Down welcomes (again) Geeks Of Doom columnist Tom Cheredar as a regular member of The Drill Down team (Yay!!), as we discuss (yet again) Facebook privacy breaches as it’s discovered they’re sending personal user info to advertisers, a site that lets you search users Facebook updates, and how your office copier is spying on you in an unbelievable way. We also cover the brief fall (and rise) of The Pirate Bay, Google TV, Encrypted Google search, Google celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, the creation of artificial life, and two of the best reviewed new videogames of the year.

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