Podcasting is, like, so 15 minutes ago

On one of last week’s installments of “For Immediate Release,” Neville and I kicked around the idea of video podcasting. Today, Om Malik reports that a product has been launched that lets you use the brand-spanking-new Sony PSP to do just that.

The Sony PSP, the Game Boy-killer handheld gaming system available in stores this week, is configured to play music and videos in addition to games. Malik, writing in his Om Malik on Broadband blog, introduces PSP Video 9, a product from Sajeeth Cherian, who also developed a user-friendly BitTorrent client:

It will take any video and turn into a format that PSP can read. So now you can download…

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PR practitioners as journalists

Public relations practitioners increasingly are using the Internet as a channel to get information into the hands of its audiences. This process bypasses traditional media. That’s great because we don’t have to worry about how traditional news media will filter our messages. It’s also troublesome because we can no longer rely on traditional news media to screen our content for accuracy.

According to Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, this means the PR profession needs to start behaving more like journalists. In an interview in Canada’s Globe and Mail, Edelman said, “If we’re just putting stuff up… Read More »

Folksonomies on intranets

I see a lot of intranets. I mean, a lot of intranets. And I talk to a lot of intranet managers, review employee surveys about intranets, and conduct intranet focus groups. Were you to ask me, “What’s the biggest intranet problem?” my answer would be instant and unequivocal: “Employee can’t find what they’re looking for.”

Call it usability, call it navigation, it all comes down to a wide gap between how employees think about information and the way the owners of the information classify it. Does a truck driver in Minneapolis know that the retirement plan is managed by the benefits department which is part of human resources? Would his… Read More »

Get your podcasts directly to your cell phone

A piece of e-mail crossed my in-box this morning. The message announced an upgrade to my Palm OS-based RSS news reader, Hand RSS. The upgrade is significant enough to warrant a renaming of the software to Quick News, which Standalone, the company that distributes it, describes this way:

Quick News for Palm OS allows you to download these news feeds either via a HotSync, or using a direct internet connection on your Palm Powered Handheld and read them later! Use it to keep updated with the latest news, sports and financial updates as well as read your favorite websites!

What caught my eye, though, was this two-word line in the list of… Read More »

Lessig book rewrite goes online

First there was Dan Gillmor with his book, “We the Media.” Then Robert Scoble and Shel Israel took the same route with “The Red Couch” (the title of which is still in question). Now, copyright lawyer Lawrence Lessig has added his book to the list of those written online using tools that let readers collaborate in the process.

Lessig first published “Code” in 1999. It’s due for a rewrite, so the Stanford University professor has posted the book to a wiki. You can read it without registering, but registration is required to contribute.

In a SiliconValley.com article, Lessig says, “‘Code’ has become a part of cyberspace law culture,’’… Read More »

Considerations for an employee non-monitoring program

Tech Republic offers up an article on issues to consider when launching an employee monitoring program. The article starts out with a list of reasons to monitor, including ensuring employees aren’t abusing communication systems, limiting employer liability for employee misconduct, and assessing productivity. Most of the article is a guide to sidestepping issues that might arise in the development of such a program.

Wouldn’t it be nice, if one of these articles—and there have been hundreds, perhaps thousands, of them—also included reasons for not implementing employee monitoring programs in the first place?

According to several… Read More »

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