The Drill Down 228: The Social Network Strikes Back (preview)

This week, we take a look at April Fools’ Day on the web, Apple’s rumored upcoming  TV set vs. existing console-based options, and  bad news for Yahoo, as Facebook strikes back, plus these hot tech headlines:

Instagram comes to Android, details on Sony‘s next-generation Playstation, Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs, Apple addresses worker violations at Foxconn, an iPhone stalker app raises privacy concerns on Facebook, Amazon wins sales tax fight in Colorado, Google to sell tablets online, Google tests augmented reality goggles & OMGPop‘s CEO gets catty.

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The Drill Down 222 – Inside Blogball (preview)

This week, following last week’s coverage of the Path debacle, we take a look at other companies that are storing your data without your permission, and later, we examine whether tech journalists today are really putting research and expertise into their work, or merely using sensationalism to chase pageviews.

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The Drill Down: Apple Secrets, Facebook Payday

Welcome Geeks of Doom readers! 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. You can find all our previous episodes here.

This week, TDD regulars Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Christopher Burnor discuss Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky‘s Apple exposé, “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works“, and whether the production of Apple products could ever come back to the US. Later we discuss Facebook‘s $5 BN IPO launch.

But first, the headlines: We discuss podcast hosting service Mevio dropping most free users without notice, Next-gen XBox specs, Netflix regains most of their lost subscribers, Warner Bros. further penalizes Netflix users, Twitter allows governments to censor tweets as needed, and President Obama hangs out on Google Plus.

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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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The Drill Down 214 – Kill the Middleman

This week, Andy and Devindra are joined again by Christopher Burnor from the Symbiotek podcast & Startup Digest as we discuss Currents, Google’s answer to Flipboard, FBI uses Carrier IQ files for “law enforcement purposes”, Verizon in the market for Netflix, Twitter updates its interfaces, Sarah Lacy to start a TechCrunch 2.0, webOS goes open source, Louis CK’s self-distribution experiment, ‘Steve Jobs’ tops year-end best-seller lists,  Universal censors song praising filelocker service, and the political inevitability of remix culture.

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The Drill Down 209 – Gone in a Flash

This week, Devindra and Andy are joined by former regular co-host (and current TechMeme editor) Lidija Davis as we discuss Groupon’s IPO launch, Google claims Apple’s Siri is a ‘competitive threat’, Disney & YouTube team up, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet, Steve Jobs’ lost interview, Google + opens up for businesses, Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S, Adobe ceases mobile Flash development, and we look at the Verge.

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The Drill Down 208 – Every Kinda People (and Robots)

This week, TDD team (including Tom Cheredar) discuss Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs, Sony buys Ericsson out of their mobile joint venture, HP decides to keep PC division, E-PARASITES would create the Great Firewall of America, Apple acquires mind-blowing 3D mapping technology, creepy PETMAN robot is the first iteration of the Terminator, Google launches an iPhone GMail app (then takes it back), and Rockstar releases a trailer for GTA V.

Later, we discuss Google’s new updates to Google TV and 100 new content channels  for YouTube and how these may disrupt the home TV viewing experience. Lastly, we explore the lack of racial diversity in the tech sector, causes and potential solutions.

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