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The Drill Down is a weekly roundtable podcast where we look at some of the most important issues of the week in tech and on the Web, and how they affect us all.

The Drill Down is a weekly roundtable podcast where we look at some of the most important issues of the week in tech and on the Web, and how they affect us all.
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The Drill Down is a weekly roundtable podcast where we look at some of the most important issues of the week in tech and on the Web, and how they affect us all.




542: Vacation to the Moon

This week, Salesforce buys Time Magazine, Facebook ad discrimination, the most impressive weather graphics you’ve ever seen, and the first private tourist to the moon, ... and much, much more. Headlines Salesforce's Benioff to Buy Time Magazine, Boosting InfluenceAlmost half of US cellphone calls will be scams by next year, says report Audible Book of the Week How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Travelerby Ryan Music Break:...


541: Apple Fall Event 2018

This week, Apple’s new products, including the Apple Watch 4 & new iPhones ... all the best from PAX, California passes a groundbreaking clean energy law, and more. Hot Topic Everything Apple announced at its event today Audible Book of the Week The Four The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google By Scott Music Break: California by Phantom Planet PAX West recap SoundfallTrailer2019 - all major platforms (PC, XBOX, Switch, PS4)Disco...


540: Social Media on Trial

This week, Amazon follows Apple to one trillion, France bans smartphones in school, California fights for Net Neutrality, Social Media comes before Congress, ... and much, much more. Andy: Information Is Beautiful : Based on a “True” True Story Dwayne: Luna Display Tosin: Marvel’s Spiderman Headlines Twitter's Jack Dorsey reportedly overruled decision to ban Alex JonesAmazon just became the second US public company to reach a $1 trillion market cap Audible Book of the Week Democracy...


539: Tragedy in Florida

This week, a tragic shooting at an esports tournament, President Trump says Google is rigged to make him look bad, Tesla stays public, 3D guns, killer robots, ... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With Andy: Prey Dwayne: NETGEAR Nighthawk S8000 Gaming & Streaming Advanced 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Tosin: Overcooked 2 Headlines Tesla sinks after Elon Musk says the company will stay publicTrump: Facebook, Twitter, Google are 'treading on very, very troubled territory and they...


538: Stay Vigilant

This week, half the country fights back for net neutrality, more political meddling on Facebook, Twitter & Microsoft, ads coming to Netflix?, ... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: Apple iPad (6th generation) with Apple Pencil Dwayne: SONOS PLAYBASE Tosin: Instant Pot DUO 6 QT 7-IN-1 Headlines Twenty-two states ask U.S. appeals court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rulesVerizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire Audible Book of the...


537: Tracking You Forever

This week, updates on Tesla, Alex Jones, is Google tracking your location--even when you don’t want it to? New Academy Awards rules, ... and much, much more. Headlines The next step for Tesla and Elon Musk is a formal takeover proposal — here's what it could look likeTesla Is Said to Be Subpoenaed by S.E.C. Over Elon Musk TweetRapper Azealia Banks claims she was at Elon Musk's house over the weekend as he was 'scrounging for investors'Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones' ability to...


536: Making a Killing

This week, Apple hits one Trillion, 3D printing challenges the 1st and 2nd Amendment, The FCC owns up to fake news, will Tesla go private?, ... and much, much more. Headlines Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars' Alex JonesFCC admits it was never actually hackedApple becomes first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion market capApple is worth $1 trillion because of Tim CookTesla suspends shares after Elon Musk tweets he wants to take the carmaker private Audible Book of the...


535: 50 Steps Ahead Makes You a Martyr

This week, Disney votes to buy Fox, is Amazon’s facial recognition racist?, a big loss for Facebook, is Moviepass dead?, robot Segways, ... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With: Dwayne: Feiyen Outlet Wall Mount Hanger Holder Stand Only For Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation Tosin: Empire Strikes Back with SF Symphony Headlines Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones during June quarterAmazon’s Rekognition messes up, matches 28 lawmakers to mugshotsDisney, 21st Century Fox Shareholders Vote...


535: The Library of Amazon

This week, where Prime Day went wrong, AI in the supermarket, Google’s secret successor to Android, should Amazon replace libraries?... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With: Andy: Super Mario Odyssey Dwayne: MamaRu 4, by 4 Moms Tosin: Sony HT-Z9F Soundbar & wireless rear speakers Headlines Internal documents show how Amazon scrambled to fix Prime Day glitchesHow U.S. Retail Giant Kroger Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial RevolutionFacebook's 'shared...


533: Let Us CRISPR

This week, will genetic editing improve humanity, or kill us all. plus Amazon Prime Day results, US election hacking, an Uncharted fan short... and much, much more. Headlines Amazon says this Prime Day was its biggest shopping event ever with 100 million products soldAmazon suffers glitches at the start of Prime DayIs Prime Day worthwhile for subscribers, or a BS marketing gimmick?Amazon's Got a Big-Pharma Headache. Is PillPack the Cure?Special counsel Mueller charges Russian intelligence...


532: Eyes On A Billion Faces

This week, Microsoft’s Surface Go, AT&T wants HBO to be Netflix, Tesla brings cars to China, Elon Musk brings a sub to Thailand, government surveillance around the globe, robot stuntmen... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: Gravity Falls: The Complete Series Tosin: Blue Planet 2 4K Headlines Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet has a 10-inch screen and starts at $399HBO Must Get Bigger and Broader, Says AT&TTesla goes big in China with Shanghai plantTesla sets up Shanghai beach...


531: SCOTech

This week, a seven year legal battle comes to an end, States can tax online sales, cellphones need a warrant from police, California’s net neutrality battle suffers a blow... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: Delos Park Training Simulation Headlines Apple and Samsung settle seven-year long patent fight over copying the iPhoneFacebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for accessYouTube Creators Getting New Options for Paid Memberships, Merch Sales, Video...



This week, Apple says “You get and Oprah!!, Immigration issues plague Microsoft’s business, the space force is coming, the end of the tech superhero?... and much, much more Tesla news.. Podcast [display_podcast] What We're Playing With Andy: 'Westworld: The Maze' Alexa skill Dwayne: Upang Plus baby bottle sterilizer Tosin: Kenwood KFC-1653MRW 6.5" 2-way Marine Speakers Pair (White) , Kenwood 1177524 Compact Automotive/Marine Amplifier Class D Kac-M1824BT, 180W RMS, 400W PMPO, 4...


529: E3 2018

This week, AT&T can now merge with Time Warner, FCC chair Ajit Pai lied to the American public, Net Neutrality is what?, our favorite gaming picks from E3, ... and much, much more. Podcast [display_podcast] What We're Playing With Andy & Tosin: The VOID - Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire; Upgrade Dwayne: #mprraccoon Headlines Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and FriendsAT&T’s Time Warner Takeover Wins Judge’s Approval in Defeat for Justice DeptAjit...


528: WWDC 2018

This week, California attempts to save Net neutrality, Microsoft buys coding repository GitHub, all the highlights from Apple’s developer conference, ... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Dwayne: Philips Hue Labs / Real or Fake 4K Tosin: Anova Sous Vide Headlines California Senate votes to restore net neutralityMS Buys GithubBallmer: “Linux is a cancer” Contaminates all other software with Hippie GPL rubbishEveryone complaining about Microsoft buying GitHub needs to offer a...


527: Gawd Damn Privacy Requests!

This week, Netflix is bigger than Disney (briefly), is Amazon secretly recording your conversations? Has your internet router been hijacked by Russian hackers, why you’re seeing all those pesky privacy notices... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Dwayne: BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft - Rust/Orange, Cotton Andy: Vudu Disc to Digital service Tosin: VRV Headlines Jury finds Samsung owes Apple $539M in patent case stretching back to 2011Netflix briefly tops Disney as the...


526: Polly Want A-Lexa!

This week, Does President Trump have a beef with Jeff Bezos? Amazon sells your face to law enforcement, Elon Musk drives journalists & reviewers crazy, a parrot who uses Amazon Echo... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: Lost Spirits distillery tour; 2001: A Space Odyssey Dwayne: HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper - Premiere Series Bassinet Headlines Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon Audible Book of the Week Messing with the Enemy: Surviving...


525: The Struggle is REAL!

This week, Facebook purges sketchy apps, net neutrality wins in the Senate, robot dogs are coming to work, congratulations...podcasting is free again!... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: TOPGREENER TU21558A3 Ultra-High-Speed Three Port Type-A USB Outlet 5.8A-29W Dwayne: Hatch Baby Grow Tosin: I, Tonya Headlines Facebook suspends ~200 suspicious apps out of “thousands” reviewed so farEFF has comprehensively killed the bullshit podcasting patentHacker Breaches...


524: Microsoft Build & Google I/O 2018

This week, Microsoft’s Build conference & Google’s I/O conference, the fight for Net Neutrality is back on, reanimating dead brains... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Andy: Behringer XENYX Q802USB Dwayne: Simple Parenting Doona + Hue for babies Tosin: Invisigun Heroes, Duck Game Headlines California police working on DNA match for Zodiac Killer U.S. Senate to vote to reinstate open internet rules AT&T paid $200,000 to Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, and the payments...


523: Datebooking

This week, Amazon & Apple have some secret projects in the works, T-Mobile buys Sprint, Facebook’s F8 developers conference, DNA catches a killer... and much, much more. What We're Playing With Dwayne: MoviePass - Repeat viewing is gone, but unlimited is back again. Andy: Westworld S2, Violent Delights Headlines Apple’s working on a powerful, wireless headset for both AR and VRAmazon to Increase U.S. Prime Annual Fee to $119, Up From $99Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home...