The Drill Down 251: Home Maker, Lawbreaker? (preview)

If you could print your own gun, would you? Should you be allowed to? This week, we get into the legal & copyright morass associated with the untamed frontier that is desktop 3D printing.

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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), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.

The Drill Down 216 – Year in Review 2011

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.

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The Drill Down 203 – From a Kindle to a Fire

This week Andy, Devindra and Dwayne welcome back former TDD co-host Lidija Davis as new semi-regular to the show. We share what we’re experiencing this week, then discuss Meg Whitman’s appointment as HP’s new CEO, new (old) management at Yahoo, Netflix signs a deal with Dreamworks, Dish launches Blockbuster streaming, Amazon’s streaming service partners with Fox, Microsoft will get royalties from Samsung for every Android device sold, Surveys say things are changing, Delicious relaunches, and Zynga’s profits are down 95%.

Later, we talk about Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference announcements, including  Timelines and “frictionless” sharing. Then we review Amazon’s new Kindle lineup, including the Kindle touch and the Fire.

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The Drill Down 202 – The Downside of ‘Sorry’.

This week, we’ve been watching Misfits & Doctor Who, and playing Minecraft, Glitch, and Gears of War 3.

Then we discuss: Google Wallet’s launch, Google+ opens its beta to all, Google develops a Flipboard clone, Sony sneaks a ‘Binding Individual Arbitration’ clause into its new PSN user agreement, Apple prepares to launch the iPhone 5 under new CEO Tim Cook, and HP considers Meg Whitman to replace CEO Léo Apotheker.

Later we discuss Netflix’s decision to split the company into two separate divisions (with a new name for its DVD-by-mail service). Then we talk about Facebook’s new News Feed changes.

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The Drill Down 201 – Eureka! It’s Metro!

This week Andy and Devindra are proud to add Dwayne De Freitas, of the Symbiotek podcast as a regular panelist. We discuss former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz’ outspoken remarks about her dismissal and the future of Yahoo, Michael Arrington’s decision to leave AOL, Google acquires Zagat, Sprint to offer unlimited data on the iPhone 5, Nike creates ‘Back to the Future II’-inspired shoes, Amazon to launch an e-book rental service, Turntable.fm launches an iPhone app, and Facebook launches better friend sharing services.

Later, we discuss Microsoft’s launch of their Windows 8 Developer Preview. Then Tom Cheredar interviews “The Dude” Dean Bairaktaris on his ‘Save SGU’ and ‘Save Eureka’ campaigns.

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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 192 – Two Things Certain In Life, Taxes & Tiered Data

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This week we read an anonymously sent letter from a top Blackberry exec about the company’s failings, the dance is over for Californians skirting sales taxes online, Zynga files for a billion dollar IPO, hackers announce the President’s assassination, Apple orders 25M iPhone 5s for the fall, Verizon kills all-you-can-eat data, Google may buy Hulu, and ends Realtime search.

After the break we examine the phenomenon that is Google+, one week later, including plans to fold older services into G+. Then we take a first peek at Facebook’s new Skype-integrated video chat.

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