The Drill Down 197 – Social Media & The London Riots

 

This week we discuss Sony missing the holiday window for their PS Vita launch, Google’s first self-driving vehicle crash (kind of), Anonymous hacks the Syrian Defense Ministry site, Digg launches a new feature called Newswire, Nokia ends Symbian development in the US for Windows Mobile, Facebook launches a new mobile messaging service, Apple (briefly) becomes the world’s most valuable company, Gizmodo’s name is cleared from prototype iPhone 4 theft, Amazon does an end-run around Apple’s iOS app restrictions with a web-based Kindle reader, and Anonymous vows to kill Facebook.

Later we discuss the Greater London Riots and how Social Media has been used to both aid conspirators to coordinate their actions and help peacekeeping forces to identify looters. We also discuss further volleys in the patent wars as Microsoft & Google play the blame game, and Apple blocks the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe.

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The Drill Down 186 – On the Bubble?

This week, The Drill Down crew discuss TechCrunch Disrupt, a tragic explosion at iPad assembler Foxconn, rumors of the next iPhone, why Microsoft would buy Nokia, Facebook partners with Spotify, Sony suffers additional hack attacks, Twitter buys Tweetdeck, digital music download price wars, an update to Windows Phone 7, Hurt Locker sues a record number of file-sharing defendants, Amazon sells more e-books than print, Barnes & Noble announce a touch-enabled e-reader, and Duke Nukem is finally finished!

Later we discuss the launch of LinkedIn’s IPO, ending with a $9 Billion valuation, and whether or not this will precipitate a new tech bubble. Then we talk about Apple’s new Apple Store 2.0 concept, Square’s new Register & Card Case apps, and how these will transform retail Point-of-Sale.

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The Drill Down 141 – Killswitch Engage?

The Drill Down crew are joined by Devindra Hardawar (of VentureBeat and his own Symbiotek Podcast) to discuss the proposed bill to allow the President to shut off the internet, record breaking pre-orders for the iPhone4, iPhone reception problems, record breaking iPad sales (and the effect that’s had on the Kindle), Google Voice for everyone, “Piracy is Theft,” says VP Joe Biden, and Jimmy Kimmel proves the show must go on!

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