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The Drill Down is off this week, but until we return next week, here is a flashback to our very first episode, released July 28th, 2007, featuring the podcast’s original panelists, Andrew Sorcini, and Social Media experts Muhammad Saleem & Reg ‘Zaibatsu’ Saddler.
Welcome to Drill Bits, the podcast where we rescue the stuff that fell on the editing room floor of The Drill Down, material that was either too long or off-topic, yet still interesting.
This week on The Drill Down episode 200, we spoke with some of The Drill Down’s former co-hosts about their reminiscences of the past 200 episodes. We recorded a lot more than what we aired however, and had to cut some fascinating discussion to keep the show at a reasonable length.
First we continue our conversation with Reg Saddler, one of the founding members of The Drill Down, from its inception back in July 2007. Here he discusses his secrets to improving Klout scores, Google conspiracy theories, Apple’s success strategy, and his brush with Steve Jobs.
Then we finish our discussion with Lidija Davis, who joined the show in September 2008 as our first full-time female panelist. We discuss her thoughts on Steve Jobs’ departure from Apple, Michael Arrington’s ouster from TechCrunch, and her mixed feelings on Google.
This week we bring you a supersized episode as we celebrate The Drill Down podcast’s 200th episode with interviews with former show co-hosts Reg Saddler & Lidija Davis, as they reminisce over their experiences on the show.
But before that, we cover two weeks worth of tech analysis, including the resignation of Rob ‘CmdrTaco’ Malda from Slashdot, an Apple television in the works, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Explorer layout, iTunes Match’s streaming function, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle tablet, the US Department of Justice and Sprint move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Apple loses another prototype iPhone (and attempts to get it back), Starz won’t renew its deal with Netflix, Michael Arrington starts a venture fund (and gets ousted from TechCrunch), Conde Nast spins Reddit off into its own company, and Yahoo! fires CEO Carol Bartz.