The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #85: November 14, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (Blue Boxes and phone phreaks; the music industry and podsafe music; recommended IT Conversations interview; Daily Telegraph starts podcasting; more on the anti-blog backlash; regulating American political blogs); Wikipedia defends itself; report from the Portable Media Expo; most powerful women bloggers list includes a man; Podcaster News launches; My Syndicaat RSS engine debuts; Lee Hopkins’ Report; blogger relations and public relations; PubSub PR List; addressing questions from the Financial Times on companies and blogging; latest Speakers & Speeches podcast posted; upcoming FIR interviews.

Show notes for November 14, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 99-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:28 Neville introduces the show; about SkypeOut; what the show’s about; what’s in this edition; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 03:43 Howard Harawitz on "Blue Boxes" and phone phreaks; a reminiscence on those pre-PC computing days
  • 07:38 Robin Mayfield asks if anyone has noticed any reaction from the music industry to the rise of podsafe music, recommends listening to IT Conversations: Voices in Your Head, and tells us that The Daily Telegraph started a daily podcast today
  • 17:31 Rob Cottingham says fear is the name of the game in the mainstream media anti-blog backlash; regulating American political blogs – why our sympathy should be with those who will have to implement the regulations




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So, until Thursday November 17…

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