Just got my new Sony notebook. Love the form factor. Keyboard is a little weird to get used to - a tad squishy after the PowerBook. For some reason they shipped me a high-capacity battery - weird.
Anyway - was looking for a list of RSS readers. This one seemed pretty comprehensive. I'll test a few and let you know. One thing I do suggest looking at is Internet Explorer 7. Has some good capabilities for capturing feeds, storing them in folders and regular updates. The interface is pleasant and it offers tabbed browsing.
PR Week has a short but good piece on OPML in which I'm quoted along with Steve who touts their value in demonstrating that influencers are reading the blogs they are targeting. The assumption of course being that we read the all blogs in our OPML file :-) Steve also points to a good peice over at Techcrunch.
Leslie Gaines-Ross, who recently made the move from Burson-Marsteller to become chief reputation strategist at Weber Shandwick has a new blog. Similar to her last one it focuses on CEO Reputation stuff.
"An Exchange (like the New York Stock Exchange or London Stock Exchange) is a market where securities, options, futures or commodities can be bought and sold. In my world, reputation is its own form of currency. An organization, leader, company or country trades its reputation on the open market for the best talent, partners and investors that it can attract. The entity also uses its reputation to bolster its standing and win support in times of crisis or uncertainty."
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Apple lost in its effort to have bloggers disclose sources. The nature of the ruling leaves it wide open to appeal, moreover, it miscategorized bloggers as journalists. There are journalistic sites posing as blogs, and using blog technology to power their presence. Then there are bloggers - Citizen Journalists as Dan once called them. And in this is the rub, citizens are subject to a different standard than the media. Like it or not, we are. Thats the law. I doubt this ruling will last long.
Andrew over at The Reg summarized some of the rulings more bizzare elements:
However Apple has struck gold in finding a techno utopian in a state of raptue. Judge Rushing cites Wikipedia as a source, a mistake which earns students an 'F' grade today. He talks about the need to disregard economics and sociology in favor of a "memetic marketplace", and allows himself some flights of technological rapture.
"While it may be tempting to think of Asteroid as a mere gizmo for nerds," he writes, "such a device may also be the means by which the next Bob Dylan, Julia Ward Howe, or Chuck D conveys his or her message to the larger world. Music is of course a form of speech, from the stirring hymns of Charles Wesley to the soaring meditations of John Coltrane.
This ruling does a diservice to the rights of companies to protect their intellectual assets, and the responsibility we have as citizens to respect privacy and intellectual property. And, by blurring the lines, it potentially weakens the media's rights.
The Age has hired big blogger downunder, James Farmer, to run its community initiatives. Great move by The Age and good move for James. Congrats. James has been a huge help to me in getting content distributed to the Education audiences I frequently speak to.
A&R are one of the most highly regarded independent PR agencies in the Valley. At least one part of that statement stands, but not the independent bit. Edelman is the new owner, completing a much needed strengthening their tech capabilities that makes them a real force now in the Nth American tech market. Bizarrely the story is running on PRWeek and on Steve's blog, nothing on Edelman or A&R.
Edelman's tech footprint also includes Zeno with long-term clients like Oracle. So it's now Next Fifteen with brands like Bite, Outcast and Text 100 pitted against Edelman with Zeno and A&R. Are we looking at the two break-away holding company brands in tech worldwide?
While Edelman will have to deal with the inevitable integration issues that come with any merger(retaining clients and staff, and dealing with conflicts - the big three), what it looks like they are going to do is similar to Next Fifteen - that is, keep the brands independent and fuel their growth. Merging Edelman's tech group into A&R solves another issue - the conflict with Microsoft.
More than anything though, this looks to be about fueling growth through talent acquisition. I meet with plenty of agency heads and they are all saying the same thing. Can't find great talent, can barely find good talent. This is a talent starved market.
I'm always fascinated by how the media moves a story. The latest seems to be the Dog Whisperer... this story has legs... First it was Malcom Gladwell in the New Yorker and this morning it was The New York Times... Where next... The story is on the move...
What is interesting is how different the stories are. Malcom's is a critique - balanced and thoughtful. The New York Time, more of a puff piece.
Either way, Gabby is beyond training. Although I am certain she is working on training us.