The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #554: July 5, 2010

Content summary: It’s the first show of the month: please vote for FIR at Podcast Alley; new Speakers & Speeches and FIR Interview podcasts posted, more coming; introducing our new sponsor: Pollstream; listener comments and FIR FriendFeed Room round-up; 5 minutes on… Ann Taylor listens to its customers, Microsoft invention lets you insert batteries in any direction, Best Buy trying to fire employee over video, UK product placement TV programmes will carry audio and visual alerts says regulator, signs of social media; News That Fits: new research from Pew suggests the future of online socializing, the Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, farmers fight back using social networking tools, Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on India’s demographic dividend and Twitter’s ascension in Japan, the Financial Times launches digital press cuttings service, if you’re too busy to blog try counting your keystrokes; music from Jupiter One; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for July 5, 2010: A 65-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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So, until Monday July 12…

(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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