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This week, tragedy strikes the life of online activist Aaron Swartz, shameless journalistic bias at CES, Amazon rips previously purchased CDs, MySpace relaunches, Facebook unveils major surprises, and the White House shoots down the Death Star.
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 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 we invite one of our most avid live show chat room members, Morebanter, to step behind the curtain and sit in on the tech roundtable. We discuss the premiere of Apple’s iPhone (and the iPad) on Verizon’s network, Myspace axes 47% of their staff, Twitter stands up to a government subpoena about Wikileaks, Apple’s Mac App store opens, Skype acquires Qik, Groupon raises, like, a billion dollars, and Facebook’s new Profile goes live to all users.
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.