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 proud to add Dwayne De Freitas, of the Symbiotek podcast as a regular panelist. We discuss former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz’ outspoken remarks about her dismissal and the future of Yahoo, Michael Arrington’s decision to leave AOL, Google acquires Zagat, Sprint to offer unlimited data on the iPhone 5, Nike creates ‘Back to the Future II’-inspired shoes, Amazon to launch an e-book rental service, Turntable.fm launches an iPhone app, and Facebook launches better friend sharing services.
Later, we discuss Microsoft’s launch of their Windows 8 Developer Preview. Then Tom Cheredar interviews “The Dude” Dean Bairaktaris on his ‘Save SGU’ and ‘Save Eureka’ campaigns.
This week we bring you a supersized episode as we celebrate The Drill Down podcast’s 200th episode with interviews with former show co-hosts Reg Saddler & Lidija Davis, as they reminisce over their experiences on the show.
But before that, we cover two weeks worth of tech analysis, including the resignation of Rob ‘CmdrTaco’ Malda from Slashdot, an Apple television in the works, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Explorer layout, iTunes Match’s streaming function, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle tablet, the US Department of Justice and Sprint move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Apple loses another prototype iPhone (and attempts to get it back), Starz won’t renew its deal with Netflix, Michael Arrington starts a venture fund (and gets ousted from TechCrunch), Conde Nast spins Reddit off into its own company, and Yahoo! fires CEO Carol Bartz.
This week we discuss the return of the PlayStation Store, Chinese labor camp prisoners forced to gold farm, Mark Zuckerberg’s eat-what-you-kill diet & his thoughts on privacy anxiety, Google’s +1 button for websites, Twitter’s Follow button & partnerships with Firefox and Photobucket, Samsung vs. Apple, and Apple’s upcoming WWDC announcements.
Later, we discuss the escalating consequences of cyberhacking, Google’s Wallet, and a preview of Windows 8.