The Drill Down 196 – Enter the Cyber-Dragon

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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

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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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The Drill Down 171 – And the Winners Will Be…

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This week we’re joined by previous guest Dragon*Con TV‘s Chris ‘Crispy’ Lloyd, as we discuss President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, and in particular, its focus on the advancement of technology. We’re then joined by LatinoReview.com‘s editor-in-chief, Kellvin Chavez, as he predicts who will win this year’s Academy Awards; film editor Walter Murch’s letter to Roger Ebert stating why 3D will never work in film; and recent casting choices for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Later, we discuss the hacking of Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook fan page; new security features coming to Facebook; Google CEO Eric Schmidt stepping down in place of co-founder Larry Page; Apple’s plan to allow you to use your iPhone in place of a credit card; Google allowing users to port their mobile numbers to Google Voice, and Yahoo’s bid to sell Delicious to Digg.com.

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