This week, it’s now illegal to unlock your phone, Twitter launches Vine, a short-form video service, Microsoft Office & YouTube go to paid subscriptions, Ashton Kutcher & JJ Abrams shake up the geek universe, and are the new Blackberry OS & devices Blackberry’s last gasp, or is it already too late?
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, Devindra and Andy are joined by former regular co-host (and current TechMeme editor) Lidija Davis as we discuss Groupon’s IPO launch, Google claims Apple’s Siri is a ‘competitive threat’, Disney & YouTube team up, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet, Steve Jobs’ lost interview, Google + opens up for businesses, Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S, Adobe ceases mobile Flash development, and we look at the Verge.
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.
This week Tom and Andrew check out a lab test of YouTube’s new redesign, Major ISP’s agree to a “six strikes” policy, Google introduces their first eBooks e-reader, rumors of an HD iPad, Amazon announces an iPad rival, TechCrunch gets a facelift, and our take on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
Later we discuss Netflix’s controversial new pricing plan, and… A million users isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? Ten million. Or perhaps one hundred million.
This week Tom recaps his recent trip to WonderCon, we discuss April Fools Day on the ‘net, MySpace’s rapid decline, Know Your Meme’s acquisition by Cheezburger, Anonymous’ attack on Sony, Kevin Rose’s new startup, Milk, a grim outlook for The Daily, and Facebook’s initiative to open the development of their servers.
Later, we discuss Google’s aggressive initiatives to kick the company into the social space, and we finish with a discussion of the impact that a government shutdown would have had on IPO development.
This week, The Drill Down team discuss Sony being allowed to acquire IP addresses from anyone who visited PS3 firmware hacker George Hotz’s website, Sprint plans on bringing a 3D EVO phone to the market, Microsoft’s Kinect gets into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device, Reddit breaks personal records with their Ask Me Anything subreddit, Apple releases iOS 4.3, Mixx.com’s social news product is dead, but the community lives on at Mixxingbowl.com.
Our in-depth discussion this week is on a Warner Bros. announcement to market movie rentals and purchases via Facebook, using Facebook credits. Finally we finish up with the news that YouTube has purchased video producer Next New Networks, and what that means for the future of YouTube content.