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The Drill Down 312: Delicious, Creamy Sochi
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Sochi Problems

This week, Microsoft has a new CEO, Facebook turns ten and releases a new app, the NSA plays favorites with Yahoo, and journalists at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are getting insta-hacked.

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The Drill Down 273: The Balcony is Closed
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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.

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The Drill Down 244: Population of Interest
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"This is too much power for one person."

Amongst this week’s headlines, an iconic torrent tracking site is dismantled, Google punishes pirate sites, Anonymous & Wikileaks uncover a secret U.S. surveillance system, and Apple rumors: are we so easily misled by them because we so desperately want to believe?

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The Drill Down 231: Billionaires In Space!
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This week The Drill Down team takes a look at the battle for your online distributed data, with new features on cloud storage services from Microsoft, Dropbox, and Google. Then, it’s sci-fi billionaires in space!!! as Google’s Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and director James Cameron launch into a new venture to mine asteroids.

But first, the headlines… Nokia‘s down 30% with a $1.7 BN loss, Anonymous launches a social music service, Facebook pays Microsoft $550 M for former AOL patents, Adobe announces Creative Suite 6 (and subscription-based licenses), and Facebook announces its staggering Q1 financials, including details on its Instagram purchase.

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Comic Review: Pilot Season: Anonymous #1
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AnonymousPilot Season: Anonymous #1
Created by Matt Hawkins, Alan McElroy
Written by Alan McElroy
Art by Michael Montenant
Colors by Phil Smith
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover by Eric Jones
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: November 9th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Pilot Season: Anonymous #1 is a very interesting read that could have been a great one, if not for a few things. The thing that I don’t care for in the current Top Cow studios is that there’s really no Top Cow “style” anymore. It used to be, when you picked up a Top Cow book, you knew EXACTLY what you were getting. A certain art style, a familiar method of story telling, it felt like a cohesive universe. Unfortunately, that luxury is gone now.

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Gene Simmons Becomes Targeted By Anonymous
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Gene Simmons from KISSGene Simmons has become targeted by the online group known as Anonymous, after the bassist and founding member of KISS angered Internet users following remarks he made against file sharing on the web. The ongoing feud escalated to the point where Simmons’ official web site and his official record company site were subject to a DDoS attack by Anonymous, resulting in legal action being threatened against individuals who participated in the attacks.

Simmons has been a vocal opponent against peer-to-peer file sharing for many years, and has also been critical of artists searching for alternative business models for the music industry in the 21st century. Anonymous, often associated with the image board 4chan, made Gene Simmons a target of Operation Payback (part of Anonymous’ ongoing online battle against organizations such as the RIAA and MPAA) following remarks he made during a panel discussion at MIPCOM 2010:

Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line.
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