The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #159: July 31, 2006

Content summary: Vote for FIR in Podcast Awards 2006; listeners’ reactions to 25% variable speed FIR version; eBay invests in; a new voice at GM FastLane: chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner writes a post; Johnson & Johnson and blogging moms; activeCollab looks promising; JotSpot upgrade; PR Web embraces new media in press release distribution; BASF podcasts for agriculture journalists; Second Life update; co-creation podcast; Cyworld launches in the US; if all the internet’s a stage, why don’t CEOs use it? asks the New York Times; discussing Rob Safuto’s 1-Minute News items from FIR #158; listeners’ comments discussion; the music; and more.

Show notes for July 31, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 73-minute podcast recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

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In This Edition:

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So, until Thursday August 3…

[Update Aug 1: We’ve just replaced the MP3 file for this edition. The original version contained a couple of out-takes by mistake that, while probably make for amusing listening, aren’t really what we’d like to leave as the legacy of show #159.]

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.