The Drill Down 217 – ncomment’s War, Part III

© ncomment, used by request

© ncomment, used by permission

On this week’s show, we welcome back Lee Garnett, the brilliant mind behind the social media-conscious online comic, ncomment. Lee guides us through the final chapter of his magnum opus, War, an epic three-part series about Digg, Reddit and the fractious conflicts between social communities.

But first, the headlines: Apple’s head designer Jonathan Ive is knighted, Netflix launches a new series (and double the delay on Warner Bros. content), Yahoo names PayPal’s chief as its CEO, An Android App that helps you fight SOPA, Reddit goes black to protest  SOPA, Lenovo launches an Android-powered TV, Nokia launches the Lumia 900, Kinect comes to Windows, and Google adds personal results to search.

For our Final Word, we ask whether Internet access should be classified as a human right, or a facilitator of human rights.

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The Drill Down 211 – Resurrected Development

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.

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The Drill Down 188 – WWDC / E3 2011

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.

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The Drill Down 176 – Renting Movies on Facebook

This week, The Drill Down team discuss Sony being allowed to acquire IP addresses from anyone who visited PS3  firmware hacker George Hotz’s website, Sprint plans on bringing a 3D EVO phone to the market, Microsoft’s Kinect gets into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device, Reddit breaks personal records with their Ask Me Anything subreddit, Apple releases iOS 4.3, Mixx.com’s social news product is dead, but the community lives on at Mixxingbowl.com.

Our in-depth discussion this week is on a Warner Bros. announcement to market movie rentals and purchases via Facebook, using Facebook credits. Finally we finish up with the news that YouTube has purchased video producer Next New Networks, and what that means for the future of YouTube content.

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The Drill Down 174 – Global Domination Cocktail Party

Andrew Sorcini and Tom Cheredar welcome guest Social Blade co-host Jeff Cryder, Jr., as they discuss Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 announcement, Amazon’s streaming movie service for Prime members, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft and the death of Symbian, Apple and Google both launch subscription services, President Obama pitches a plan to free 500MHz, raise $28B, and bring 4G to everyone; Obama’s dinner with the tech elite, Anonymous challenges the Westboro Baptist Church– or do they? Google offers a plugin to block content spam, Microsoft embraces experimentation on the Kinect, and we welcome our new robotic Jeopardy-playing overlords.

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The Drill Down 164 – Gift Picks With Sukhjit

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.

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The Drill Down 162 – We Can Work It Out

This week we welcome web entrepreneur (and world record kitesurfer!) Tammy Camp as we discuss Facebook Messages, how to export your email contacts from Facebook, TSA rage, The Beatles on iTunes, 4Chan vs. Tumblr, Jason Calacanis on why he’s suing Michael Arrington, XBox 360 owners hack the Kinect, Reddit’s astonishing altruism, Google Voice for the iPhone, Twitter sells their raw data, and sex stats on Facebook users.

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