The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #194: November 30, 2006

Content summary: SNCR’s new print journal; Microsoft launches Windows Vista; word of mouth marketing; the police and the blogosphere; TiVo and attention; David Phillips reports on CBS on YouTube, XPRL and the CIPR guidelines; listeners’ comments discusssion; Dan York reports on Skype 3 beta; recording with Pinnacle Podcast Factory; the music; and more. [Messages from our sponsors: Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir. Online meetings made easy with GoToMeeting:…

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