As we close out the final days of 2011, Andy, Devindra, and Techmeme’s Lidija Davis are joined by Startup Digest’s Christopher Burnor and VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig to review the top tech stories of the past year. After the break, we offer our tech predictions for 2012.
The Drill Down team is back from ComicCon, and we’re wrapping up our discussion about what we’ve seen there, including a groundbreaking breakthrough from director Francis Ford Coppola. RIM cuts 10% of their work staff, China clones Apple stores, Google+ struggles with pseudonyms, LulzSec boycotts PayPal, and the White House RickRolls a Twitterer.
Later we discuss the increasing problem of software patent litigation and its stifling of innovation. And Devindra reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air.
This week we come to you LIVE from the 2011 San Diego ComicCon International, the premiere convention for comics, movies, television and pop culture. And even though they couldn’t all be in the same room at the same time, Andy, Tom and Devindra still managed to individually bring you their impressions of the ComicCon 2011 experience. We also cover some of the hot headlines of the week, including Apple’s new launches, The Sun hacked by LulzSec, Google’s G+ iPhone app, Microsoft’s secret new social site, and more.
This week we get a peek at Nokia’s first true Windows mobile phone, the Winklevii return to beat a dead horse, LulzSec calls it quits (and joins Anonymous), Apple responds to Pro editors concerns with Final Cut Pro X (and Conan takes a swipe), MySpace is sold for $35B (to Justin Timberlake?!), EA is in talks to acquire PopCap, WoW goes free-to-play, Videogames strike a blow for free speech in California, and Japan’s latest virtual pop idol breaches the Uncanny Valley.
Later we look at Google’s new Google+ suite of services, and whether or not it will be a ‘Facebook-killer. Finally we discuss the FTC’s antitrust probe into whether or not Google is skewing search results in favor of its own services.
This week we say goodbye to the Winklevii, Lulzsec prattles on, Bitcoin’s exchange gets hacked, Apple releases Final Cut Pro X (ecks), ICANN opens the floodgates, Facebook gets musical with Spotify, the NY Post puts up a (weak) iPad paywall, Lytro reinvents the camera lens, Hulu and PopCap put themselves up for sale, and Weird Al strikes again.
Later we look at the Nokia N9 (and wonder what Nokia’s up to), we ponder the future of Research In Motion, and we attend an old-school slut shaming hosted by TechCrunch’s own Michael Arrington.
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.