This week, Devindra and Andy are joined by former regular co-host (and current TechMeme editor) Lidija Davis as we discuss Groupon’s IPO launch, Google claims Apple’s Siri is a ‘competitive threat’, Disney & YouTube team up, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet, Steve Jobs’ lost interview, Google + opens up for businesses, Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S, Adobe ceases mobile Flash development, and we look at the Verge.
Then we discuss: Google Wallet’s launch, Google+ opens its beta to all, Google develops a Flipboard clone, Sony sneaks a ‘Binding Individual Arbitration’ clause into its new PSN user agreement, Apple prepares to launch the iPhone 5 under new CEO Tim Cook, and HP considers Meg Whitman to replace CEO Léo Apotheker.
Later we discuss Netflix’s decision to split the company into two separate divisions (with a new name for its DVD-by-mail service). Then we talk about Facebook’s new News Feed changes.
This week, The Drill Down crew looks at: Nintendo investors pressure the company to develop software for smartphones, Google+ launches games and Facebook strikes back, Is Flickr dead?, A leaked AT&T letter undermines their case for a T-Mobile merger, and President Obama joins Foursquare.
Later we dive into Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the shockwave that announcement made within the mobile community. We also discuss San Francisco BART’s decision to shut down wireless and cell communication in advance of a protest, and the Anonymous (& public) response.
This week we discuss Sony missing the holiday window for their PS Vita launch, Google’s first self-driving vehicle crash (kind of), Anonymous hacks the Syrian Defense Ministry site, Digg launches a new feature called Newswire, Nokia ends Symbian development in the US for Windows Mobile, Facebook launches a new mobile messaging service, Apple (briefly) becomes the world’s most valuable company, Gizmodo’s name is cleared from prototype iPhone 4 theft, Amazon does an end-run around Apple’s iOS app restrictions with a web-based Kindle reader, and Anonymous vows to kill Facebook.
Later we discuss the Greater London Riots and how Social Media has been used to both aid conspirators to coordinate their actions and help peacekeeping forces to identify looters. We also discuss further volleys in the patent wars as Microsoft & Google play the blame game, and Apple blocks the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe.
We discuss Spotify’s patent infringement woes, Google’s stance on ‘bogus patents”, Logitech cuts the price on their GoogleTV device (and loses a CEO), a bogus study claiming IE users are dumb, Apple has more cash than the US government, AT&T throttles Unlimited Data subscribers, President Obama spams users on Twitter (and loses 40K followers), 92% of Newt Gingrich’s Twitter followers are fake, Foxconn to replace workers with 1M robots, Adobe launches HTML5 alternative to Flash, and Apple launched iCloud beta.
Later, we discuss Operation ShadyRAT, one of the largest, most widespread cyber-espionage campaigns ever perpetrated, and we ponder whether handheld gaming consoles are obsolete in the era of the smartphone.
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.