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.
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 we discuss the return of the PlayStation Store, Chinese labor camp prisoners forced to gold farm, Mark Zuckerberg’s eat-what-you-kill diet & his thoughts on privacy anxiety, Google’s +1 button for websites, Twitter’s Follow button & partnerships with Firefox and Photobucket, Samsung vs. Apple, and Apple’s upcoming WWDC announcements.
Later, we discuss the escalating consequences of cyberhacking, Google’s Wallet, and a preview of Windows 8.
This week Tom, Devindra and Andy discuss the return of the Playstation Network, a revolutionary (and incendiary) digital currency, iPhone 5 predictions, and Apple’s stores get a facelift.
Later, they discuss a smear campaign against Google secretly instigated by…Facebook, and Netflix’s emergence as a major content provider.