Charlie Rose Interviews Walter Mossberg and Reed Hastings

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  1. Cameron Yee

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    Caught a bit of this last night and have it set to record a repeat and thought it had some urbane topics for the HTF, including the best technology of 2005 and what to look forward to in 2006.
     
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    I only caught the part where he talks about Apple and the iPod. What else did he talk about?
     
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    Mossberg:
    - We're in the path of a digital tidal wave that won't stop for anything, raising legal (e.g. privacy concerns with Google Earth) and social issues
    - Biggest deal in 2005 was the continued transformation of cell phones to little computers
    - Television programming delivery has seen more revolutionary change in the last few months than in the last five years. The video iPod being the primary reference, but overall there is and will continue to be a "napsterization" of television content where branding by network will have less and less relevance.
    - Google is doing well and spreading its wings into different areas but there may be a danger of it overstepping and suffering
    - Microsoft will roll out Windows Vista in October 2006
    - MS is spending resources on web-based applications (Windows Live) for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. as a result of a memo written by MS Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie.
    - iPod is a phenomenon with still being on top after several generations of its product. Apple had a great year overall with Mac sales increasing, but its move to Intel chips will be something to keep an eye on, including the possibility of a media hub for the home.
    - 5% AOL sale to Google leading to banner ads may be a problem
    - Mossberg wants to see improved battery life, more reasonably priced wireless access

    Reed Hastings also gave a brief history of Netflix, what the future will hold for the company, and various other thoughts about personal technology and the education system.
     
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    It was a good episode. One of the few times I was happy to have insomnia.
     
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    Reed Hastings was an interesting guy.

    I've heard minor criticisms about Charlie Rose over the years but he seemed particularly prone to interrupting with Mossberg. It was kind of annoying - just let the man finish his sentence by himself!!!
     

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