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The Drill Down 543: Surprise Echoes
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, NY Times sues FCC, Sirius XM buys Pandora, new products from Amazon, Microsoft, and Oculus, the paralyzed walk again using mind control … and much, much more.

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The Drill Down 264: The Singularity Is Near
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This week, Chinese hackers infiltrate U.S. newspaper networks, Twitter also gets hacked, Oreo takes advantage of the Super Bowl blackout, is Netflix‘s full season release schedule the future of television…or a big mistake, will your body be the next unlimited storage device, and if you thought J.J. Abrams hit the motherlode last week for helming both Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

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Hollywood’s Finest Embrace Their Inner Villain for NY Times Photo Spread
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The Christmas season is supposed to be a time for people to come together and be the best they can be to each other. That’s what you would think it’s supposed to be, but the New York Times Magazine is embracing their dark side for this month’s Great Performances issue with a special celebrity pictorial entitled “Touch of Evil.”

For the “Touch of Evil” pictorial the NY Times Magazine employed thirteen of Hollywood’s biggest stars and best actors to portray icons of cinematic villainy: Brad Pitt, Mia Wasikowska, Kirsten Dunst, Rooney Mara, Jean Dujardin, Viola Davis, Adepero Oduye, Ryan Gosling, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, George Clooney, and Gary Oldman.

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NY Times Snubs Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele & Paul Gray In Memorial Video Tribute
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The New York Times released an online hodgepodge of musicians we lost during 2010, and have omitted three major losses during the year that should anger metalheads across the Earth. In their year review, the Times has snubbed Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio), Peter Steele (Type O Negative), and Paul Gray (Slipknot).

You can view the New York Times montage over at their site if you can be bothered. I’m not embedding it here, because for my part, I’m disgusted they’ve overlooked three significant musicians — presumably just because they’re from the metal genre. The grounds upon which I make this assumption are that there is no metal whatsoever in their “tribute.” Rock, Soul, Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Post-Punk are all included in the company of Funk, Disco, and others. Metal (and related genres) are nowhere to be seen.

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