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Squawk Box – Sept 10 – MessageSling, Apple's new announcements and how Google News tanked United's stock

Guest Host: Dan York

Out at DEMO in San Diego, Alec saw a demo from MessageSling. Today we had one of the founders, Scot Junkin, on the call to talk about what they are doing with making messaging easier.  They are also doing some interesting things from an architecture point of view with running Asterisk and FreeSWITCH servers up on Amazon’s EC2 cloud.

Next – yesterday, Sept 9th, Apple had their “Let’s Rock” keynote where Steve Jobs introduced iTunes 8.0, a new form factor for the iPod Nano, new release of the iPod Touch (including a direct challenge for it to be a game controller), their new “Genius” playlist creation tool and much more.

We’ll talk about this latest buzz from Cupertino – what do you all think of it? what stood out the most from the announcements? Can Apple try to push this “Genius” thing any harder? Initial impressions of iTunes 8.0?

We also talked about the case recently where Google News pulled up an item from 2002 about United Airlines entering bankruptcy and posted that as new news, causing United’s stock to drop by 11%! Does this speak to larger issues about our reliance on automated results?

We ended with a discussion of RIM’s announcement of a Blackberry flip phone.

On the conference call: Dan York, James Swinger, Hudson Barton, Martyn Davies, Brad Jones, Jim Courtney, Jeanette Fisher, Jeb Brillian, Ian Hood, Bill Volk, Sheryl Breuker, Saleem Khan and Scot Junkins.

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  • Chris Hutcherson October 2, 2008, 3:54 pm

    I am a bit worried that the Nano 4 feels too light and is so thin that it will easily break under pressure.

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