This week, a bushel of Apple headlines, including revealing evidence in the ongoing Apple/Samsung trial; how a tech reporter’s online identity was demolished through a social engineering hack on Apple & Amazon tech support.
Plus, Starbucks invests $25 million– & their entire paypoint infrastructure– in Square payments.
Geeks Of Doom’s 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.
Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.
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.
This week we get a peek at Nokia’s first true Windows mobile phone, the Winklevii return to beat a dead horse, LulzSec calls it quits (and joins Anonymous), Apple responds to Pro editors concerns with Final Cut Pro X (and Conan takes a swipe), MySpace is sold for $35B (to Justin Timberlake?!), EA is in talks to acquire PopCap, WoW goes free-to-play, Videogames strike a blow for free speech in California, and Japan’s latest virtual pop idol breaches the Uncanny Valley.
Later we look at Google’s new Google+ suite of services, and whether or not it will be a ‘Facebook-killer. Finally we discuss the FTC’s antitrust probe into whether or not Google is skewing search results in favor of its own services.
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.
This week, Tom and Andy discuss Digg’s BP ad and its new CEO, the debut of Windows Phone 7, the effectiveness of twitter on social activism. Driverless Google cars, cracking glass on the iPhone 4, the popularity of smartphone apps, and Facebook loves Bing.