The Drill Down 195 – Feeding the Patent Trolls

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.

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The Drill Down 190 – An Old-School Slut Shaming

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.

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The Drill Down 187 – Now This Means War

This week we discuss the return of the PlayStation Store, Chinese labor camp prisoners forced to gold farm, Mark Zuckerberg’s eat-what-you-kill diet & his thoughts on privacy anxiety, Google’s +1 button for websites, Twitter’s Follow button & partnerships with Firefox and Photobucket, Samsung vs. Apple, and Apple’s upcoming WWDC announcements.

Later, we discuss the escalating consequences of cyberhacking, Google’s Wallet, and a preview of Windows 8.

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The Drill Down 163 – Cold Oatmeal

This week, our guest is Greg Davies of Social Blend, Tardis Blend, and our very own The Round Up podcast.  Greg and Tom air their beefs (beeves?) toward webcomic artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. We discuss MySpace’s Mashup With Facebook, Facebook’s patent on the word “face”, Diaspora* Alpha, Twitter’s co-founder admits he “screwed up” with developers, Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs announce an iPad only newspaper, Oregon Senator Wyden effectively saves the internet, Netflix introduces a streaming-only subscription, Mac iOS 4.2, Google’s Cloud Connect plugin for Microsoft Office, and Foursquare’s new TSA badge.

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The Drill Down 161 – We Need To Go Deeper…

This week we discuss the Google/Facebook data portability war, the return of lists on Digg filtered by content type (and additional changes to their UI),  the debut of social browser Rockmelt, game theory to explain viral content on social news sites, Skype 5.0 beta for Mac, an alleged sexual assault on a Googler by a Twitter employee, Google instant previews, Google gives free in-flight wifi away for the holidays, installing Android on a jailbroken iPhone, Fox News blocks Google TV, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and an iPhone app that plays Flash video.

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