Welcome Geeks of Doom readers!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.You can find all our previous episodes here.
This week, TDD regulars Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Christopher Burnor discuss Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky‘s Apple exposé, “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works“, and whether the production of Apple products could ever come back to the US. Later we discuss Facebook‘s $5 BN IPO launch.
But first, the headlines: We discuss podcast hosting service Mevio dropping most free users without notice, Next-gen XBox specs, Netflix regains most of their lost subscribers, Warner Bros. further penalizes Netflix users, Twitter allows governments to censor tweets as needed, and President Obama hangs out on Google Plus.
This week Dwayne, Devindra & Andy talk about the death of AT&T/T-Mobile, the public launch of Facebook Timeline, Zynga’s disappointing IPO, Sprint ditches Carrier IQ, SOPA is on hold for the holidays, Apple wins a patent over HTC, RIAA and other content kings caught filesharing, and the Dark Knight Rises & Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailers emerge.
Later, we discuss IBM’s 6th annual list of 5 technology predictions in the next 5 years, and Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ list of the years top searches.
This week the TDD team discuss their Black Friday finds, staff shakeups at TechCrunch & Mashable, the quashing of SOPA, Redditors build an alternative to the Internet, Facebook’s IPO is coming, Kinect for Windows, President Obama joins Google+, and Arrested Development returns to Netflix.
Later, we discuss the potential dissolution of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger, and rumored new cellphone devices from Amazon and Facebook.
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.
Ahoy! This week The Drill Down crew discusses Google’s doodles, Google’s answer to SMS, Google voice search on desktop, image search via your own photos & pre-caching of predicted search results. Also, a massive Bitcoin theft, an interview with Bill Gates, Facebook’s impending IPO and Pandora’s recent IPO success, Steve Jobs’ Apple ‘spaceship’ campus, Apple now selling unlocked GSM phones, Apple settles a patent dispute with Nokia, rumors of an iPad 3 later this year, XBOX Live on Windows 8, Duke Nukem Forever is finally released (to terrible reviews), and the IMF is hit by a sophisticated cyberattack.
Later, we discuss bold (and reckless) cyberattacks by merry pranksters Lulz Security, and the exodus of major movie studio presence from Comic-Con.
This week we cover: Facebook’s claim that Paul Ceglia’s ownership contract is a fraud, Groupon files for $750 million IPO, Sony is hacked (again again) & so is Nintendo, UN declares Internet access a human right, McDonald’s clever interactive billboard, and Twitter incorporates auto-URL shortnening.
Later we discuss Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, including updates to OS X, iOS, and the introduction of iCloud and iTunes Match, and we finish with a roundup of E3 2011, including new Kinect integration, Playstation’s Vita and Nintendo’s Wii U.