The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #389: October 16, 2008

Content summary: Shel’s in North Carolina; Dan York reports on the Canadian general election, real-time Friendfeed and more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits with guest co-host Bryan Person – highlighting poverty on Blog Action Day 2008, BBC extends online reach with first ‘interactive reporter’, launch of, WordPress acquires Irish start-up PollDaddy, economic indicator: UK marketing budgets cut at record rates in Q3, the value of agency PR in an economic downturn; listeners’ comments discussion and Friendfeed FIR Room round-up; news about next week’s shows; music from New Leaf; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 16, 2008: A 59-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Austin, Texas, USA, and Cary, North Carolina, USA.

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So, until Monday October 19…

(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.

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