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.
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.
This week, we say goodbye to Steve Jobs as he officially resigns as CEO of Apple, and COO Tim Cook takes over. We also take a look at the possibility that the iPhone 5 will be on all major carriers by the end of this year, Apple is building a cheaper 8GB iPhone, IBM produces chips based on the human brain, Skype acquires GroupMe, an 8-day delay by Fox on Hulu triggers a surge in piracy, Cloud music services score big in new copyright ruling, and Samsung cites ’2001′ for prior art against the iPad.
Later, HP spins off their PC business, sells the TouchPad at a loss, and effectively kills WebOS. Also director Sir Ridley Scott plans another ‘Blade Runner’ film, and Devindra reviews Deus Ex: Human Revolution.