The Drill Down: Apple Secrets, Facebook Payday

Welcome Geeks of Doom readers! The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all. You can find all our previous episodes here.

This week, TDD regulars Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Christopher Burnor discuss Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky‘s Apple exposé, “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works“, and whether the production of Apple products could ever come back to the US. Later we discuss Facebook‘s $5 BN IPO launch.

But first, the headlines: We discuss podcast hosting service Mevio dropping most free users without notice, Next-gen XBox specs, Netflix regains most of their lost subscribers, Warner Bros. further penalizes Netflix users, Twitter allows governments to censor tweets as needed, and President Obama hangs out on Google Plus.

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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 216 – Year in Review 2011

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.

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The Drill Down 214 – Kill the Middleman

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.

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The Drill Down 212 – Holiday Shopping Guide 2011

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.

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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 207 – The Unvarnished Truth

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.

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