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Squawk Box May 16

by alec on May 16, 2008

This morning we wrapped up some of the big stories of the week.  We talked about traffic shaping, as new data has emerged showing that Comcast has lied to the US FCC.  We also talked about Jerry Yang’s new nightmare – Carl Icahn, and Icahn’s hostile slate of Yahoo directors. And how about the story that Vodafone has bought Danish social network Zyb. Comcast bought Plaxo earlier in the week. That’s two carriers buying two social networks in one week.  Is it a trend?  Some of our participants expressed condolensces to Vodafone customers now stuck using Zyb. 

We also touched on RIM’s about face on touch screens.  Blackberry “Thunder” is coming this fall apparently.  The Blackberry tech I am chatting with on the phone right now swears he knows nothing…

How about Facebook’s decision to ban Google Friend Connect?  Claiming that Friend Connect violates the Facebook TOS, they’ve disallowed it.  Is Facebook doing right by their users, or are they hiding out behind their terms of service in order to disadvantage a competitor?

And what about Twitter?  After breaking the china news this week, the service has returned to it’s old deadbeat dad unreliable ways. Sometimes it’s there for ya, sometimes it’s not, and ya just can’t count on it when ya need it.  European participants on the call report no problems, but we in North America are having a devil of a time.

On the call:  Jeb Brilliant, Jim Courtney, Andy Abramson, David Brown, Adam Somer, Ian Hood, Bill Volk, Eric Fisher, James Body, Jonathan Jensen, Mike Pruyn, Henry Lewkowicz

Enjoy the recording.  No SquawkBox for Monday, as it’s a holiday here in Canada.

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We recorded another in the ongoing Squawk Box podcast this morning.  On the call were Randall Howard, Howard Thaw, Martyn Davies, Jim Courtney and myself.  We discussed:

See you tomorrow at 8 AM.  

P.S. As I write this, I keep seeing status updates and tweets about the new Macbook Air… hmmm! 

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