This week, both hackers and congress tell the NSA “enough!”, What it’s like when the NSA shows up at your ISP’s doorstep, how stores are tracking you through your cellphone, Netflix competes with the big boys, and Google unveils Chromecast, a new way into the living room,
This week, we explore how Digg went from the king of social news to cashing out for half a million dollars. Then we discuss the transition of one of Google’s top executives, Marissa Meyer, to becoming the new CEO of Yahoo, and whether it’s enough to save the flailing company.
Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.
Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.
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.
Every year at Comic-Con, Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) regales the Hall H audience as only a master raconteur can. Here he talks about quitting the film business and beginning a podcasting empire, lowering your expectations, raising a geek daughter, marketing his film Red State and his personal battle with the Westboro Baptist Church.
WARNING: The following audio contains explicit language and is not for younger or impressionable listeners.
This week we come to you LIVE from the 2011 San Diego ComicCon International, the premiere convention for comics, movies, television and pop culture. And even though they couldn’t all be in the same room at the same time, Andy, Tom and Devindra still managed to individually bring you their impressions of the ComicCon 2011 experience. We also cover some of the hot headlines of the week, including Apple’s new launches, The Sun hacked by LulzSec, Google’s G+ iPhone app, Microsoft’s secret new social site, and more.
This week The Drill Down crew enlist the help of Latino Review.com‘s Kellvin Chavez as we review the best (and worst) of San Diego’s Comic-Con International 2010. Later we assess the impact of WikiLeaks’ Afghan War report on the state of internet and mainstream journalism, A contract that calls Facebook’s ownership (and its 500 Million users) in question, how a 15-year-old kid tricked Apple with a disguised iPhone tethering app, iPhone jailbreaking now considered fair use, Apple’s Magic Trackpad, the end of internet addresses, and the Flipboard phenomenon.