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, 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 welcome as our guest Greg Davies of Social Blend, The Round Up, Tardis Blend, and podcasts too numerous to mention. We discuss the unveiling of Google’s Android Market and the return of The Daily Show & The Colbert Report to Hulu. Then we launch into a discussion of what is turning out to be the story of the year, the protests in Cairo, Egypt, including the government’s complete shutdown of internet services.
Then we discuss Canada’s plan to significantly meter the internet; major ISPs want more money from Netflix & YouTube to handle their traffic; Netflix publishes ISP traffic performance reports, News Corp. releases ‘The Daily’ tablet-based newspaper; Mixx is purchased by UberMedia & Mixx classic’s community migrates to Mixxingbowl.com; Digg.com gets a welcome overhaul; Bing gets caught red-handed copying Google’s search results; 4Chan’s founder unleashes user-generated content site Canvas; the web runs out of IPv4 addresses, and ‘The Social Network’s’ Jesse Eisenberg meets Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday Night Live.