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The Drill Down 440: Hello Neighbor!
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On this week’s Drill Down podcast, autonomous Ubers invade Pittsburgh, Nougat is here, Russian hackers hit the New York Times, Mario warps down to Rio, and another Earth may be closer than we thought …and much, much more.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon’s Steamy Kiss (Video)
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The New York Times paired up a bunch of today’s most popular actors to perform kissing scenes for a series of shorts called 9 Kisses, directed by Elaine Constantine.

Two of the actors coupled were Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon, who really steamed up the screen for their passionate, costumed embrace. Watch their scene here below.

Other actors grouped together to share a kiss were Laura Dern and Steve Carell; Rosario Dawson and Jenny Slate; Shailene Woodley and Jack O’Connell; Kristen Stewart and Chadwick Boseman; Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman; David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall; Julianne Moore and John Lithgow; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Miles Teller. The paper selected these 18 actors because they felt they gave the best performances of the year.

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The Drill Down 266: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
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This week, the sky falls over Russia, Apple makes their own Pebble, Bungie announces their 1st non-Halo game in over ten years, Google plans to launch stores (and a new netbook to put in them), Sony‘s Playstation 4, and Tesla drives the New York Times crazy.

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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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The Drill Down 246: Accept No Substitutes
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On this week’s show, a court rules in favor of Apple over Samsung in a landmark patent and design lawsuit to the tune of $1 billion. Panelists Andrew Sorcini, Christopher Burnor, and guest VentureBeat staff writer Sean Ludwig discuss how this affects Apple, Samsung, the whole mobile phone ecosystem, the future of patent lawsuits, and you, the consumer.

But first, the headlines…Twitter removes friend-finding from Tumblr and removes 3rd-party plugin identification from Twitter.com, Microsoft gets a new logo, Apple delays TV device development, a landmark filesharing fine is upheld, Ask.com buys About.com from The New York Times, and President Obama visits Reddit.

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