The Drill Down 195 – Feeding the Patent Trolls

The Drill Down team is back from ComicCon, and we’re wrapping up our discussion about what we’ve seen there, including a groundbreaking breakthrough from director Francis Ford Coppola. RIM cuts 10% of their work staff, China clones Apple stores, Google+ struggles with pseudonyms, LulzSec boycotts PayPal, and the White House RickRolls a Twitterer.

Later we discuss the increasing problem of software patent litigation and its stifling of innovation. And Devindra reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air.

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The Drill Down 192 – Two Things Certain In Life, Taxes & Tiered Data

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This week we read an anonymously sent letter from a top Blackberry exec about the company’s failings, the dance is over for Californians skirting sales taxes online, Zynga files for a billion dollar IPO, hackers announce the President’s assassination, Apple orders 25M iPhone 5s for the fall, Verizon kills all-you-can-eat data, Google may buy Hulu, and ends Realtime search.

After the break we examine the phenomenon that is Google+, one week later, including plans to fold older services into G+. Then we take a first peek at Facebook’s new Skype-integrated video chat.

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The Drill Down 190 – An Old-School Slut Shaming

This week we say goodbye to the Winklevii, Lulzsec prattles on, Bitcoin’s exchange gets hacked, Apple releases Final Cut Pro X (ecks), ICANN opens the floodgates, Facebook gets musical with Spotify, the NY Post puts up a (weak) iPad paywall, Lytro reinvents the camera lens, Hulu and PopCap put themselves up for sale, and Weird Al strikes again.

Later we look at the Nokia N9 (and wonder what Nokia’s up to),  we ponder the future of Research In Motion, and we attend an old-school slut shaming hosted by TechCrunch’s own Michael Arrington.

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The Drill Down 181 – Week of Oops

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This week Tom and Andy discuss Research In Motion’s recent missteps, Google crowdsources map refinements, AT&T admits to network failures, ,more news on Nintendo’s next console, Sony’s Playstation Network clobbered by intruders, the effects of Gawker’s redesign on their traffic, Netflix becomes the largest subscription business in the US, How (and why) Apple tracks your location and who’s using this info now.

Later, we discuss a major failure of Amazon’s cloud service, the multiple sites it affected and whether cloud services are the right choice for small enterprise. Finally we discus various rumors on the upcoming changes in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

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