This week, we explore how Digg went from the king of social news to cashing out for half a million dollars. Then we discuss the transition of one of Google’s top executives, Marissa Meyer, to becoming the new CEO of Yahoo, and whether it’s enough to save the flailing company.
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.
This week we bring you a supersized episode as we celebrate The Drill Down podcast’s 200th episode with interviews with former show co-hosts Reg Saddler & Lidija Davis, as they reminisce over their experiences on the show.
But before that, we cover two weeks worth of tech analysis, including the resignation of Rob ‘CmdrTaco’ Malda from Slashdot, an Apple television in the works, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Explorer layout, iTunes Match’s streaming function, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle tablet, the US Department of Justice and Sprint move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Apple loses another prototype iPhone (and attempts to get it back), Starz won’t renew its deal with Netflix, Michael Arrington starts a venture fund (and gets ousted from TechCrunch), Conde Nast spins Reddit off into its own company, and Yahoo! fires CEO Carol Bartz.
This week Tom recaps his recent trip to WonderCon, we discuss April Fools Day on the ‘net, MySpace’s rapid decline, Know Your Meme’s acquisition by Cheezburger, Anonymous’ attack on Sony, Kevin Rose’s new startup, Milk, a grim outlook for The Daily, and Facebook’s initiative to open the development of their servers.
Later, we discuss Google’s aggressive initiatives to kick the company into the social space, and we finish with a discussion of the impact that a government shutdown would have had on IPO development.
This week, Tom and Andy make up for two weeks lost time, and do it in whirlwind fashion.
Tom wraps up highlights of his trip to CTIA Wireless. We discuss ICANN’s approval of the .XXX domain, New York Times’ paywall, Showtime’s decision to pull future shows from Netflix, the release of Firefox 4, Amazon’s online Cloud Player, and Google’s +1 social recommendation button.
Later, we discuss AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile, and the ramifications it has for the mobile industry, and we finish off the show with a brief discussion of the future of Digg following Founder Kevin Rose’s departure.
This week Andy, JD, and Tom discuss Goldman Sachs’s Facebook offering, the vaporware of 2010, AT&T’s 4G plans, FCC wants you to design a traffic-blocking detector, Reddit boasts 232% growth, Kevin Rose launches Foundat.io/n, the PS3 is cracked, Intel adds content protection to its CPUs, and Skype for the iPhone now features video teleconferencing.
The Drill Down crew is proud to welcome to the show Reddit admins Chris “KeyserSosa” Slowe and Mike “Raldi” Schiraldi. Chris and Mike discuss Reddit Gold, Reddit’s stance on ads for CA Prop 19, and Ben Huh’s public offer to buy Reddit. Later we discuss Digg’s Version 4, their revolting users, and their exodus from Digg to Reddit, Digg’s ‘broken covenant’, Kevin Rose addresses users’ concerns, and Digg gets a new CEO.
Kevin Rose on the cover of BusinessWeek, circa 2006
This Guest Post is written by Asif Youssuff, a founder of quippd, a new social news network that enables more community involvement. Follow @quippd on twitter, or check out their site.
By this time, all of you have read about the new Digg, Digg 4. Some of you may have even tried it. Reactions to the new site seem to be mixed, with a vocal number of people saying that they dislike the changes. Those changes have been covered extensively elsewhere, so I won’t get into that here.
While much of the backlash has been focused on the technical changes, like the revised UI, following features, and changes to how “digging” works, the change that really annoys users and small publishers alike is the “selling out” of Digg. Continue reading →