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Podcast Archive: October - December 2008

Corporate Darwinism: Q&A With IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger (24:08 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 17, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Irving Wladawsky-Berger, chairman emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology and a visiting professor at MIT, about how Darwin's theory of natural selection can be applied to corporations in the business world.

Where Will the Cloud Take Your Enterprise? (48:58 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 14, 2008
To better understand the value and opportunity unfolding around cloud computing, Dana Gardner recently interviewed Andy Mulholland, global chief technology officer at Capgemini; Tim Hall, director of services-oriented architecture (SOA) products at HP Software and Solutions, and Russ Daniels, vice president and CTO of cloud services strategy at HP.

Weekly Recap: Android Emancipation and the Sweet Smell of WiFi: The Week in Tech (13:26 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 12, 2008
In this episode: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin weathers a storm; Microsoft hires ex-Yahoo search whiz; PlayStation 3 gamers get a Home; Kindle proves too popular for its own good; unlocked G1 hits the streets; gets platform friendly with Google; Chrome browser emerges from beta; Firefox puts touches on an upgrade; Psystar changes its legal strategy against Apple; Boston Power, HP unite to sell green notebook batteries; Verizon starts 4G push with LTE; Novatel rolls out portable WiFi router; ISPs temporarily ban Wikipedia in Britain; Sony hands out pink slips; Obama prepares to launch tech initiatives.

More Building, Less Flipping: Q&A With Author Judy Estrin (25:35 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 10, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Judy Estrin, serial entrepreneur and author, about the state of innovation in the world today.

SOA Governance: Keeping IT on the Right Path (32:21 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 7, 2008
Dana Gardner, principal analyst with Interarbor Solutions, discusses the importance of SOA governance with Tim Hall of HP.

'We Didn't Want to See the Future': Q&A With Ex-Sony Lawyer Steve Gordon (25:45 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 3, 2008
Steve Gordon, former attorney for Sony, discusses the future of digital music with ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn. Gordon is now a consultant and author of "The Future of the Music Business: How to Succeed with the New Digital Technologies."

'The Winners Will Be Stronger': CEO Amir Ashkenazi (22:23 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 26, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Amir Ashkenazi, CEO of, which helps online video publishers serve video and display advertising. The online video ad spend is growing each year, he said.

It's Gonna Get Ugly: Q&A With TouchCommerce Chair Jeff Stiefler (18:13 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 19, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Jeff Stiefler, chairman of TouchCommerce and a former president of American Express, about the economy, the technology and financial services sectors, and what business models might work in a changing economic environment.

Weekly Recap: YouTube's Identity Crisis, Circuit City's Cash Crisis: A Week to Forget (13:59 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 14, 2008
In this episode: YouTube buddies up to MGM; Circuit City goes bust; Best Buy feels the hurt; Cisco launches speedy, spendy new router; IBM eyes power grid for Web access; extortionists hijack patients' prescription data; CNN spices up coverage with lame holograms; iPhone topples Razr for sales lead; AT&T gives blessing to iPhone tethering; virtualization comes to phones; Microsoft pulls out the stops in search marketing efforts; Google searches track flu spread; hotshot researchers take down spammy domain host; Apple urged to hold a sale.

Relevance Rules: Q&A With Powerset GM Scott Prevost (17:52 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 12, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Scott Prevost, general manager of the semantic search company Powerset, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft. The discussion revolves around the future of search, the role of semantics in bringing about relevant results, and the ever-changing search business model.

Weekly Recap: Choosers Can Be Beggars; Bloodied Hands Applaud Amazon (13:59 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 7, 2008
In this episode: Yahoo and Google scale back deal, then drop it altogether; Yahoo's Yang goes crawling back to Microsoft; Circuit City sheds 150 stores; FCC OKs the use of white spaces in TV broadcast airwaves; study finds iPhone appeals to lower-income people; modders crack G1 software; Sony recalls another batch of laptop batteries; Amazon combats wrap rage with packaging reduction; Salesforce provides a path to the cloud; IBM, Apple fight over hardware guru; CNN tries out holograms; tech leaders offer ideas for Obama's CTO choice.

Ruminations on Microsoft's Future (49:28 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 6, 2008
Contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst with Interarbor Solutions, hosts a roundtable discussion with Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Dave Linthicum, independent SOA consultant at Linthicum Group; Brad Shimmin, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Mike Meehan, a senior analyst at Current Analysis, and Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger. The topic is Microsoft and its ability to compete in the new technology landscape.

The Network Is Us: Q&A With Metacafe CEO Erick Hachenburg (21:59 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 5, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Erick Hachenburg, CEO of MetaCafe, which bills itself as the largest independent online video provider. The discussion covers the history and impact of online video, and offers a look at its evolution from curiosity to viable business model.

Weekly Recap: Planetary Goo and the Threat of Vegetarianism (12:21 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 31, 2008
In this episode: Stalwart newspaper abandons daily print edition; Web giants ink human rights pact; Army discovers menace of Twitter; both sides dial up white spaces lobbying; Russia blocks Google purchase; publishers and Google strike deal on scanning books; Amazon releases EC2 from beta; Zimbra helps colleges collaborate in the cloud; Netflix spreads its stream around, adds hi-def to the mix; Cox gets into the wireless biz; Ubuntu releases the ibexes; LinkedIn launches collaboration apps; Messenger discovers blue goo on Mercury; Beatles announce deal for "Rock Band"-like game.

Q&A: How to Stake Out Your Territory in the Online Ad Migration (18:05 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 29, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Paul Martino, CEO of the online advertising and marketing firm Aggregate Knowledge, about the movement of advertising dollars online and how advertisers are trying innovative new ways to get you to respond to their message.

Weekly Recap: Twittering Grannies, STD Greetings and Triboluminescence: The Week That Was (13:02 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 24, 2008
In this episode: Microsoft limits emergency webcast access; Ballmer raises ghost of Microhoo; Samsung gives up on SanDisk; eBay bans ivory sales; tries again to find business model; Samsung adds Netflix streaming to Blu-ray players; Motorola hitches wagon to Android; Microsoft angers Chinese bootleggers; reverse Halo effect dulls game sales stats; new Star Wars MMO details emerge; scientists make X-rays from Scotch tape; e-cards make breaking STD news easier; Google gives iGoogle users design flexibility; study shows families bond over technology.

Author David Seaman on Putting Buzz to Work (22:13 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 22, 2008
ECT News Network interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with David Seaman, author of "Dirty Little Secrets of Buzz" about creating and sustaining a buzz campaign, how buzz can be an effective marketing tool and what it takes to get people talking about you.

Weekly Recap: Economic Gloom, Presidential Politics Collide With Tech (12:47 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 17, 2008
In this episode: eBay offers gloomy outlook; iSuppli sees tough times ahead for semis; Gartner forecasts broader tech malaise; FCC backs wireless Internet plan; Apple makes ho-hum MacBook announcement; Android hits streets as reviewers spot its kill switch; ABI research envisions Android tipping smartphone balance; McCain campaign protests YouTube video removal; MySpace launches ad platform for SMBs; Obama buys into in-game advertising; FTC chops up spam ring; study shows Internet searching helps brain function; satellite starts sending back crisp photos; breakthrough offers hope for circumventing paralysis; AI program chats like a human.

Geekonomics Author David Rice: 'They're Not Trying to Make Bad Software' (20:13 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 15, 2008
David Rice, author of "Geekonomics" speaks with interviewer Blake Glenn in the latest installment of the ECT News Network Podcast Series. Rice discusses the need for better security standards for software before it is released to the market.

Weekly Recap: Spontaneous Broken Symmetry, Secret Mac Factories and One-Click Wildebeests: One Weird Week (13:18 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 10, 2008
In this episode: IBM shares good news early; eBay cuts 10 percent of workforce; iPhone look back on a good summer; Apple followers look ahead to notebook announcement; Sony updates its e-reader; AMD sells off manufacturing side; Sprint shops Nextel around; YouTube finds a way to make money; Yahoo chases Google with calendar, analytics; Google places ads in games; gets all semantic; Flash exploit allows webcam spying; physics Nobel awarded to particle researchers; Steve Jobs is not dead -- again.

Author Jeff Matsuura on Thomas Jefferson and Patent Trolls (22:23 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 8, 2008
As part of the ECT News Network Podcast Series, interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Jeff Matsuura, patent attorney and author of "Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls: A Populist Vision of Intellectual Property Rights," about Jefferson's role in the development of U.S. intellectual property law as well as recent developments in the field.

Weekly Recap: Cupertino Lifts Gag Order, Frees Its Hostage (13:33 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 3, 2008
In this episode: Visa eyes Android as payment system; Motorola considers an Android phone; Take-Two decides to go it alone; Congress weighs in on Net radio royalty negotiations; researchers find Skype snooping in China; Apple dumps unpopular nondisclosure agreement; Google's Page claims white spaces test rigged; big ISPs pitch self-regulation; Sprint launches Xohm, catches heat over network management language; music royalties stay the same; studios sue Real Networks over DVD ripper; Microsoft lures Live Search users with more bribery; Google pitches U.S. energy turnaround plan; private rocket makes orbit.

Oracle's Hardware Gambit (27:43 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 2, 2008
E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions, interviews Rich Palmer, director of technology and strategy for the industry standard servers group at HP, along with Willie Hardie, vice president Oracle database product marketing, for the inside story on Exadata.

Adobe Systems' Kumar Vora on Empowering Customers (20:57 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 1, 2008
ECT News interviewer Renay San Miguel speaks with Kumar Vora, Adobe Systems vice president for product strategy and enterprise marketing, about cost efficiencies enabled by Web 2.0 -- and whether it's easy or difficult to place software applications allowing instant customer feedback on top of existing enterprise architectures.

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Government and private sector customer service are about the same.
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