The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #601: May 30, 2011

Content Summary: FIR Book Review coming of Geoff Livingston’s "Fifth Estate"; Shel was at BlogWorld New York for a day; Shel and Neville interviewed by Kelly Kass, SimplyCommunicate; Neville on Simply.TV this week; Update: Twitter, freedom of speech, privacy and the law; listener comments from the Friendfeed FIR Room; Ragan promo; News That Fits: Toyota owners to get a private social network and Ford’s developing medical tech for cars and drivers, Dan York reports on the Urban Outfitters alleged design theft kerfuffle, the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop, Morgan Stanley okays bloggers to tweet, over 53% of US internet users will read blogs this year says eMarketer, Pollstream promo, Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on disrupting technologies impacting communication in Asia, one trend (check-ins) heats up while another (gamification) stagnates; music from Stabilizer; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for May 30, 2011: A 66-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday June 6…

(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.