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.
This week, Andy and Devindra are joined again by Christopher Burnor from the Symbiotek podcast & Startup Digest as we discuss Currents, Google’s answer to Flipboard, FBI uses Carrier IQ files for “law enforcement purposes”, Verizon in the market for Netflix, Twitter updates its interfaces, Sarah Lacy to start a TechCrunch 2.0, webOS goes open source, Louis CK’s self-distribution experiment, ‘Steve Jobs’ tops year-end best-seller lists, Universal censors song praising filelocker service, and the political inevitability of remix culture.
This week we deliver The Drill Down’s annual holiday shopping guide, a list of the best tech appliances, gadgets, software and media, hand-picked by Andy, Dwayne & Devindra for your perusal.
But first, the tech headlines: Black Friday/Cyber Monday spending is up, Facebook gets slapped over privacy concerns, Google Maps goes inside, Google TV goes X-Rated, GamePro is dead, FCC disses AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and an Android app is logging your keystrokes.
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.
This week The Drill Down team discuss Google+’s decision to support pseudonyms, Social network user agreements vs. user-contributed intellectual property rights, Netflix’s quarterly losses, former iPod creators unveil a futuristic thermostat, Rockstar teases GTA V.
Later we discuss the release of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and what we’ve learned from it, including future plans for an integrated television. We discuss Nokia’s first ‘true’ Windows phone, the Lumia 800. Also we talk about patents on software from Microsoft and Apple, and the impact they have on the mobile industry.
This week we discuss Apple’s lackluster Q4 report, the passing of Dennis Ritchie (the father of Unix & C), Groupon & Living Social caught inflating regular prices to make deals look better, Reddit comments lead to movie deal, an upcoming Google music store, Skype founders launch Vdio, Lytro announces its new light field camera.
Later we discuss Google’s 4.0 iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android vs iOS 5, and Amit Gupta’s request for bone marrow donors.
This week Andy, Devindra and Dwayne welcome back former TDD co-host Lidija Davis as new semi-regular to the show. We share what we’re experiencing this week, then discuss Meg Whitman’s appointment as HP’s new CEO, new (old) management at Yahoo, Netflix signs a deal with Dreamworks, Dish launches Blockbuster streaming, Amazon’s streaming service partners with Fox, Microsoft will get royalties from Samsung for every Android device sold, Surveys say things are changing, Delicious relaunches, and Zynga’s profits are down 95%.
Later, we talk about Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference announcements, including Timelines and “frictionless” sharing. Then we review Amazon’s new Kindle lineup, including the Kindle touch and the Fire.