This week, Facebook Home, Anonymous hacks North Korea, Thunderbolt gets bolt-ier, Google Fiber rolls out to Austin, Bitcoin hits a bubble, Wikileaks wants to make a ‘Library of Congress’ of secret government documents, and we say goodbye to Roger Ebert.
We discuss the effect the bin Laden raid had on global twitter traffic (and one tweeter in particular), Sony gets hit with a second round of security breaches, Apple updates their iMacs, rental laptops spy on their rentees, Warner Brothers buys Rotten Tomatoes, and The Woz tells Paul Allen to stop trolling.
Later we discuss the decline of TV ownership and DVD/Blu-Ray sales and why that’s an indicator of the new way we watch content; Julian Assange says Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented; and we breakdown the new upcoming Star Wars box sets.
This week The Drill Down crew (spontaneously joined again by blogger Amy Vernon) discuss updates to Google Chrome, including the introduction of the Chrome App Store and a test platform for ChromeOS, further developments in Cablegate, including the arrest of Julian Assange and subsequent response from Anonymous, Facebook’s overhauled profile pages, Samsung’s Android-powered Nexus S, Tumblr’s downtime woes, AT&T named worst carrier by Consumer Reports, Google’s eBookstore, Google’s search algo changes, and a sneak peek at Google’s “Facebook-killer”, Google+1
The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and The Drill Down crew wants to help, so we brought in gadget blogger (Sony social media team member) Sukhjit to help with her tech gift picks for the holidays and our picks as well (you can see our full lists here).
Later in the show, we tackle the hard tech news of the week, including a peering feud between Level 3 Communications and Comcast, Google’s $5.3B offer for Groupon, Wikileaks release of 250 thousand US Embassy cables & the hunt for founder Julian Assange, Microsoft’s TV service, Kinect’s record-breaking sales, and iPad 2 rumors.
This week, The Drill Down Crew welcome Dragon*Con TV‘s Chris ‘Crispy’ Lloyd, who talks about his upcoming involvement in Dragon*Con, and shares with us his latest video, Vaderex. Later we discuss Leo Laporte’s cautionary disenchantment with social media, accusations of rape leveled against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Intel’s recent purchase of McAfee, reactions to the new Digg version 4, Portal 2’s release date (and cast!), and the most inspired viral marketing stunt since Old Spice on YouTube.