The Drill Down 246: Accept No Substitutes (preview)

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This week,  Apple beats Samsung in a landmark patent and design lawsuit to the tune of $1 billion dollars. Panelists Andrew Sorcini, Christopher Burnor & guest VentureBeat staff writer Sean Ludwig discuss how this will affect Apple, Samsung, the whole mobile phone ecosystem, the future of patent lawsuits, & you, the consumer.

In headlines this week: Twitter removes friend-finding from Tumblr and removes 3rd-party plugin identification from Twitter.com, Microsoft gets a new logo, Apple delays TV device development, a landmark filesharing fine is upheld, Ask.com buys About.com from The New York Times, and President Obama visits Reddit.

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Geeks Of Doom’s 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.

Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.

The Drill Down 224: Karmawhores! (preview)

This week, we talk to three top contributors to Social news site Reddit.com as we find out what makes them do what they do to make Reddit one of the internet’s premier destinations.

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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 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 198 – Googorola Not Motoogle

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.

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The Drill Down 196 – Enter the Cyber-Dragon

This week Andy and Devindra are joined by Dwayne De Freitas, Devindra’s co-host on the Symbiotek podcast.

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.

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The Drill Down 174 – Global Domination Cocktail Party

Andrew Sorcini and Tom Cheredar welcome guest Social Blade co-host Jeff Cryder, Jr., as they discuss Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 announcement, Amazon’s streaming movie service for Prime members, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft and the death of Symbian, Apple and Google both launch subscription services, President Obama pitches a plan to free 500MHz, raise $28B, and bring 4G to everyone; Obama’s dinner with the tech elite, Anonymous challenges the Westboro Baptist Church– or do they? Google offers a plugin to block content spam, Microsoft embraces experimentation on the Kinect, and we welcome our new robotic Jeopardy-playing overlords.

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