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 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 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 211 – Resurrected Development

This week the TDD team discuss their Black Friday finds, staff shakeups at TechCrunch & Mashable, the quashing of SOPA, Redditors build an alternative to the Internet, Facebook’s IPO is coming, Kinect for Windows, President Obama joins Google+, and Arrested Development returns to Netflix.

Later, we discuss the potential dissolution of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger, and rumored new cellphone devices from Amazon and Facebook.

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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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