This week, Facebook Home, Anonymous hacks North Korea, Thunderbolt gets bolt-ier, Google Fiber rolls out to Austin, Bitcoin hits a bubble, Wikileaks wants to make a ‘Library of Congress’ of secret government documents, and we say goodbye to Roger Ebert.
Welcome Geeks of Doom readers!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.You can find all our previous episodes here.
This week, TDD regulars Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Christopher Burnor discuss Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky‘s Apple exposé, “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works“, and whether the production of Apple products could ever come back to the US. Later we discuss Facebook‘s $5 BN IPO launch.
But first, the headlines: We discuss podcast hosting service Mevio dropping most free users without notice, Next-gen XBox specs, Netflix regains most of their lost subscribers, Warner Bros. further penalizes Netflix users, Twitter allows governments to censor tweets as needed, and President Obama hangs out on Google Plus.
Ahoy! This week The Drill Down crew discusses Google’s doodles, Google’s answer to SMS, Google voice search on desktop, image search via your own photos & pre-caching of predicted search results. Also, a massive Bitcoin theft, an interview with Bill Gates, Facebook’s impending IPO and Pandora’s recent IPO success, Steve Jobs’ Apple ‘spaceship’ campus, Apple now selling unlocked GSM phones, Apple settles a patent dispute with Nokia, rumors of an iPad 3 later this year, XBOX Live on Windows 8, Duke Nukem Forever is finally released (to terrible reviews), and the IMF is hit by a sophisticated cyberattack.
Later, we discuss bold (and reckless) cyberattacks by merry pranksters Lulz Security, and the exodus of major movie studio presence from Comic-Con.
Andrew Sorcini and Tom Cheredar welcome guest Social Blade co-host Jeff Cryder, Jr., as they discuss Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 announcement, Amazon’s streaming movie service for Prime members, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft and the death of Symbian, Apple and Google both launch subscription services, President Obama pitches a plan to free 500MHz, raise $28B, and bring 4G to everyone; Obama’s dinner with the tech elite, Anonymous challenges the Westboro Baptist Church– or do they? Google offers a plugin to block content spam, Microsoft embraces experimentation on the Kinect, and we welcome our new robotic Jeopardy-playing overlords.