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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.




550: Holiday Gift Guide 2018

This week, the secret customer score that determines how you’re treated, and The Drill Down’s annual holiday gift guide... The holiday season is coming up and The Drill Down would like you to be ready for it. So as we do every year around this time, we’ve prepared a list of what we consider the perfect gifts to give... and get this holiday. So before you stand around for hours this Black Friday, spend some time with us. Headline Marvel remembers Stan LeeStan Lee’s final Marvel...


549: Beast With Three Head-quarters

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. What We're Playing With Dwayne: 2019 Lexus RX 350 L Tosin: Spider Man Headlines Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of US midterm electionsHacked Facebook private messages for saleWe’re the Organizers of the Google Walkout. Here Are Our DemandsFCC tells phone carriers to have a system ready to combat robocalls by 2019 Audible...


548: Apple October Event 2018

This week, IBM buys Red Hat, a right-wing social network ends in the wake of Pittsburgh killings, did Google pay off a harasser?, new products from Apple... and much, much more. Headlines China denies report it spies on Trump’s iPhone, suggests he get a Huawei insteadIBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billionFar-right social network GAB goes down in wake of Pittsburgh killings Audible Book of the Week Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of...


547: Kingdom of Tweets

This week, more blowback on Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip story, Saudi Twitter trolls, a new Tesla Model 3, The President’s leaky iPhone, electronic arousal sensors... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With Andy: Zyxel NAS320 (repair) Headlines Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip StoryAmazon exec and Super Micro CEO call for retraction of spy chip storyTim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy lawsiPhone...


546: Farewell Paul Allen

This week, studies prove the FCC lied about Net Neutrality comments, and NY state will investigate, Twitter releases Russia & Iran meddling tweets, Fortnite fights climate change, and Microsoft’s co-founder passes on... and more. Headlines 99.7% Of *Original* Comments Opposed FCC Repeal Of Net NeutralityNew York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality CommentsTwitter Posts Millions of Tweets Linked to Russia, Iran Meddling Audible Book of the...


545: Google Pixel Event 2018

This week, new products from Google, How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies, ... and much, much more. Headlines The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies Bloomberg stands by Chinese chip story as Apple, Amazon ratchet up denials Google+ social network is being killed, because of a privacy breach (and because people just don't use it) Music Break: Invent It All Again by Faded Paper Figures Hot Topics: Facebook's Portal camera is an Echo Show...


544: Microsoft Surface Event 2018

This week, new products from Microsoft, a Facebook breach exposes 50M users, Amazon hopes to raise minimum wage, bold California tech laws, endless possibilities ... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With Andy & Tosin: iOS 12 Dwayne: iPhone XS Headlines Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at RiskAmazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employeesLiving Wage Calculator New California Tech Laws US Justice Department moves to sue California in order to...


543: Surprise Echoes

This week, NYT sues FCC, Sirius XM buys Pandora, new products from Amazon, Microsoft & Oculus, the paralyzed walk again using mind control ... and much, much more. What We’re Playing With Andy: Apple Watch Series 4 Tosin: R2LA Headlines NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repealSiriusXM is taking over Pandora in a $3.5 billion deal that's more necessity than convenienceThe Walking Dead developer Telltale hit with devastating layoffs as part of a...


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...