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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Two Books To Check Out

One of the perks of booking for a radio talk show are all the authors hawking books. It offers plenty of access to books--lots of them free--for avid readers. I used to get a lot more books when I worked the talk shows with long segments for interviews. Booking for the morning news show is a lot trickier, since the interview blocks are only 4 minutes under best conditions. But I do get to sneak in a lot of business related books and authors who can talk about relevant business topic while hawking their books.

Two authors we featured on the show recently were Bill Diffenderffer, author of "The Samurai Leader," and Katherine Graham Leviss, who wrote the book "High-Maintenance Employees."

"The Samurai Leader" is a book that would easily catch the interest of those business leaders who read translation of Sun Tzu or Machiavelli and adapt those principles to today's business situations. My host Meg was flying solo the morning she interviewed Bill Diffenderffer and you can listen to the interview here (.mp3 format).

"High-Maintenance Employees" gives you the tools and hopefully the courage to deal with those high-performance employees that tend to need special care and feeding. Kathi Graham Leviss join Neal & Meg on the show this morning, with our focus on managing what we're calling milleniuals--those twenty-somethings who intelligence and competence can possibly make them toxic to an organization, and you can hear it here (.mp3 format).

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The WB And UPN Lose Their Letters, Become CW

And then there were 5. Les Moonves, the chairman of CBS Corp (CBS), made a statement today announcing the creation of a new broadcast television network and a new business venture. Warner Brothers and CBS will combine the WB and UPN, replacing it with something called CW in the fall of this year. It will contain a mix of programming from the old networks, and launch a 50/50 joint venture for the companies involved.

Says Moonves,

"This new network will serve the public with high-quality programming and maintain our ongoing commitment to our diverse audience."

It is not known, as of yet, what it means as far as local onwership to television stations.

- CW Network To Replace WB, UPN (CNN/Money)
- Enter 'The CW' - Ailing WB, UPN Networks Merging (New York Daily News)
- WB Net, UPN To Join Forces As One Network (Hollywood Reporter)
- CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment Form New 5th Broadcast Network (Press Release)

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/19/06

- Exec Linked To Livedoor Scandal Found Dead (ABC News)
- Valley's Big Tech Stocks Stumble (San Jose Mercury News)
- New Spinoff Plan For McDonald's (MarketWatch)
- WSJ: Disney In Talks To Buy Pixar (MSN Money)
- Konica Minolta To Quit Camera, Photo Business (Reuters.uk)

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/13/06

- Army Cancels Lockheed's Spy-Plane Contract (Washington Post)
- Federated Plans To Sell Lord & Taylor (Chicago Tribune)
- SEC Opens Formal Scrutiny Of IBM (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
- BlackBerry To Support Google Messaging (Los Angeles Times)
- Teacher Pay Tied To Test Scores In Houston Schools (USA Today)

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/09/06

- Postal Rates Increase Today (News Journal)
- Looking Beyond The SUV (ABC News)
- Texas Instruments To Sell Sensors Unit (MSN Money)
- Yahoo Local Dials YellowPages Deal (WebProNews)
- It's A Macworld After All (San Jose Mercury News)

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

King Of All Media Takes On Satellite Radio Tomorrow

In a story so big all the major news outlets have to cover it, Howard Stern goes back on the air tomorrow morning. The 'Kings of All Media' apparently gets to set his own hours, as the statement from his official web site sets the tone of Monday morning's show as starting 6 AM ET starting time and signing off whenever he's good and ready.

Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. (SIRI) takes a turn for what they hope is the better in ratings and revenue, and not for the worse in what they may have gotten themselves into. It isn't exactly selling their souls to the devil, but a five-year, $500 million contract which gives Stern two channels of uncensored airtime is a gamble.

But so far, the gamble is paying off. Because of the introduction to a truely uncensored Howard Stern along side a NFL coverage package that was completely top notch, XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) the industry leader, saw for the first time ever the number two Sirius land more new net subscribers (a Sirius press release reports "more than 1.1 million new satellite radio fans" during the fourth quarter, an XM press release reports "nearly 900,000"). That news was good enough to get Stern an award of more than $220 million in Sirius stock before his channels have even gone live.

But there are two big questions everyone wants to know the answer to: what will Howard do tomorrow? And have you paid the $12.95-a-month subscription fee for Sirius, plus the cost of whatever version of the radio you wanted, just to find out?

- Can Howard Stern Get People To Pay For Satellite Radio? (Allentown Morning Call)
- You Can't Say That On The Radio (AZ Central.com)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Job Numbers Are Good!

What bad economy? The government reported today number of U.S. workers seeking new jobless benefits fell last week to its lowest in over five years. Based on this data, economists are expecting tomorrow's report from the Labor Department on employment to show a solid 200,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls for December, with the jobless rate holding steady at 5 percent.

The unexpected fall in jobless claims was not the product of a particular special factor, a government analyst said, but cautioned there is often volatility around holidays.

- New US Jobless Claims Hit 5-Year Low (Reuters)

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/05/06

- McAfee Fined $50 Million (San Jose Mercury News)
- The Lion, The Witch And The World Trade Talks (The Age)
- Sony Unveils Blu-Ray Disc Products (Techtree.com)
- Independence CEO Says He Doesn't Regret Gamble (USA Today)
- Pot-Based Drug OK’d For Tests (Red Herring)

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Palm & Microsoft Attempt Togetherness With Treo 700W

It's not exactly a sign that ice cold Dasani will soon be a well stocked item in every vending machine in hell, but it may be close. Palm Inc (PALM) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT) have decided to play nice, and the result is the Treo 700W. To make the story more interesting, wireless service is now provided by Verizon Communications Inc (VZ).

Will this unholy alliance be enough to shake off troubled Research In Motion Ltd (RIMM)? I present three random reviews that hopeful shed some light.

- A Marriage Not Made in Heaven (New York Times)
- Palm Treo 700w Available from Verizon Wireless (Geekzone)
- Microsoft-powered Treo debuts (CNET News.com)

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/03/06

- The Wisdom Of Wall St.? Sometimes It's Wrong (New York Times)
- Fares In Many Cities Could Be On Their Way Up (USA Today)
- Starz Unveils Vongo Download Service (MarketWatch)
- Intel Unveils New Brand Identity (Techtree.com)
- Yellow Roadway Changes Name, Ticker Symbol (Reuters)

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Monday, January 02, 2006

New Look . . . Still A Work In Progress

Today is the day we debut the new (or at least currently new) look to the Cool Corporate dot COM blog. As I tinker with the html involved and making this thing work, and fight off those who are wise enough to keep me from tinkering with it as much as I might like to, expect more changes, which will hopefully deemed improvements.

For now, welcome to Cool Corporate dot COM, v2.0.

Feel free to post responses to articles, or to email us at coolcorporate@sbcglobal.net.

Cool Corporate News Clippings - 1/02/06

- BofA Completes Merger With MBNA (Miami Herald)
- Starbucks Wins Chinese Logo Case (BBC News)
- CBS Completes Spinoff From Viacom (MarketWatch)
- Middle-Class Job Losses Batter Workforce (My Way Finance)
- Chevron Fights Rights Abuse Allegations (Yahoo! News)

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