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.
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.
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.