HP indictments, Microsoft's kill switch, Intel/Nvidia, Attention Gang and more...

Summary:This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign.

This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign." The fact is Dunn and other HP executives in on the witchhunt were just stupid, lacking in judgement, clueless and wrong. They should plead stupidity and hubris. As first time offenders they'll do some serious community service, unless the Martha Stewart principle is invoked. The HP's indictees are already the poster children for corporate spying malfeasance. If they continue to try to cover up and dissemble, protest that there is disinformation campaign trying to bring them  down, they will pay a heavy price. It also turns out the Steve Jobs may be in a little hot water. Apple's internal review found that Jobs was aware of stock option back-dating at his company.

David goes off on Microsoft's inclusion of an anti-piracy kill switch in Vista and predicts that Intel will scoop up graphics chipmaker Nvidia to level the playing field with AMD, which is in the process of acquiring ATI. We also discuss the growing number of application marketplaces--SugarExchange, AppExchange, WebEx Connect, NetWeaver-- and we argue about whether the Attention Gang will ever have any traction in getting users to want to control their own usage data or Web site owners to align with the so-called attention economy. Don't miss our Podcast of the Week pick.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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