The Drill Down 259: Year in Review 2012 (preview)

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The Drill Down crew looks back at the year in tech, 2012, and what we can expect in 2013. Plus, we review The Hobbit in HFR 48fps!

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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 Box tech consultant Tosin Onafowokan.

Why Hollywood’s Criminalization of Filesharers Won’t Reduce Piracy (& What Will)

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Piracy, whether it be movies or music, has become a huge issue over the course of the past decade, especially since broadband has meant that more people have access to high–speed connections.

This has led to a pretty ridiculous trend of powerful Hollywood conglomerates chasing individuals through courts in expensive civil cases, whilst also forcing international governments to make downloading a crime. Whilst piracy is of course stealing, many consumers just don’t view it that way, especially the younger generation who have been brought up to expect content to be available to them ‘on-tap’. Continue reading

The Drill Down 224: Karmawhores! (preview)

This week, we talk to three top contributors to Social news site Reddit.com as we find out what makes them do what they do to make Reddit one of the internet’s premier destinations.

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The Drill Down 219 – The Dotcom Bust

This week, TDD regulars Devindra Hardawar, Dwayne DeFreitas, Chris Burnor, Andrew Sorcini & semi-regular Lidija Davis  discuss the US Justice Department’s bust of filesharing site Megaupload, in the wake of the fall of SOPA & PIPA, and whether or not those measures really mattered in the first place. Also we talk about a plan to kill Hollywood, and what to replace it with. Later we discuss Apple’s new textbook initiative, and their amazing 1st quarter profits. But first, we look at some other tech headlines…

We look at the President’s State of the Union speech as it pertains to tech, Facebook launches Timeline apps, RIM intros a new CEO, Google Plus allows pseudonyms, and Google tracks user info across all its products.

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The Drill Down 218 – ████████

This week, regular TDD panelists Andrew Sorcini, Devindra Hardawar, Dwayne DeFreitas & Christopher Burnor discuss the Internet’s reaction to the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act & Protect IP Bill, including a nationwide blackout of several prominent websites, in protest.

But first, the headlines: Facebook adds simultaneous music listening, Zappos gets hacked, Sarah Lacy launches PandoDaily (with a $2.5 M investment from the VC community), and Yahoo’s chief Yahoo, Jerry Yang resigns.

Finally, Devindra summarizes the highlights of his trip to CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.

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The Drill Down 217 – ncomment’s War, Part III

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On this week’s show, we welcome back Lee Garnett, the brilliant mind behind the social media-conscious online comic, ncomment. Lee guides us through the final chapter of his magnum opus, War, an epic three-part series about Digg, Reddit and the fractious conflicts between social communities.

But first, the headlines: Apple’s head designer Jonathan Ive is knighted, Netflix launches a new series (and double the delay on Warner Bros. content), Yahoo names PayPal’s chief as its CEO, An Android App that helps you fight SOPA, Reddit goes black to protest  SOPA, Lenovo launches an Android-powered TV, Nokia launches the Lumia 900, Kinect comes to Windows, and Google adds personal results to search.

For our Final Word, we ask whether Internet access should be classified as a human right, or a facilitator of human rights.

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The Drill Down 216 – Year in Review 2011

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.

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