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Talkcast, 7 pm PT/10 pm ET: Scary walking robots edition


New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

Another Sunday, another TUAW talkcast! As you may know, Apple from time to time buys smaller companies like Anobit, Embark, HopStop, PrimeSense and -- just this month -- Twitter analytics shop Topsy. All perfectly non-scary cute little technology companies.

Meanwhile, Google also buys smaller companies... like DARPA contractor-slash-nightmare fuel bulk provider Boston Dynamics, maker of nimble and speedy robots that could deliver a package or take out your Aunt Gertrude with equal aplomb. (If you are wondering what we could possibly mean by nightmare fuel, check it out.)

As The Next Web mused, there seems to be some air gap between the "moonshot" programs and acquisitions pursued by Google versus the more strategic and product-centric purchasing approach at Apple. If there were an Apple moonshot, what might it look like -- and which innovations would be part of the program? We'll discuss this and all the week's stories, right here on ye olde Talkcast live tonight.

Reminder on new-style talkcasting: With some help from the fine folks at Fuze, we're using a new system to record the show. This should let everyone listen in live -- and, if you want, raise your hand as you would in the Talkshoe room to get unmuted and chime in.

You can join the call in progress (meeting # is 20099010) at 10 pm ET from any computer via this link; if you download the Mac or Windows Fuze clients ahead of time, you'll get better audio and a slicker experience, but browser-only will work fine. Just click the phone icon to join the audio once you're in.

Using an iPhone or iPad? Grab the native clients from the App Store and get busy. (Even Android users can join the party.) Still feel like using the conventional phone dial-in? Just call 775-996-3562 and enter the meeting number 20099010, then press #.

While the Fuze web and native clients have a chat channel, we'd like to reserve that for host participants, requests to talk and other real-time alerts... so the full-on chat for the show will appear in this very post at 10 pm tonight. You'll need Twitter, Facebook or Chatroll credentials to participate in the chat. We'll remind everyone to check back in at that time.

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