As we close out the final days of 2011, Andy, Devindra, and Techmeme’s Lidija Davis are joined by Startup Digest’s Christopher Burnor and VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig to review the top tech stories of the past year. After the break, we offer our tech predictions for 2012.
This week, Devindra and Andy are joined by former regular co-host (and current TechMeme editor) Lidija Davis as we discuss Groupon’s IPO launch, Google claims Apple’s Siri is a ‘competitive threat’, Disney & YouTube team up, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet, Steve Jobs’ lost interview, Google + opens up for businesses, Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S, Adobe ceases mobile Flash development, and we look at the Verge.
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.
This week we discuss the end of Diggnation, the death of the Zune, a viral attack on US drone fleet computers, Facebook releases an iPad app, Adobe reveals incredible new unblur technology, Sony’s Playstation Network is hacked (yet again), and Sprint strikes a $20B iPhone deal with Apple.
Later we discuss the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S, in-depth (including the launch of iOS 5), and the impact of main streaming in the content ecosphere, including Netflix changes its mind (again), Gen Y’s screen size viewing trends, and Live TV comes to the XBox.