HP's witchhunt, SAP vs. Oracle, Amazon's Unbox and more...

Summary:This week on The Dan & David Show, David returns from vacationing with family, and we dig into the story of the week--HP's witchhunt in search of leaking board members. It's not just a question as to the legality of HP's private investigation agency tricking phone companies into giving up phone records of board members and reporter, it's an issue of integrity.

This week on The Dan & David Show, David returns from vacationing with family, and we dig into the story of the week--HP's witchhunt in search of leaking board members. It's not just a question as to the legality of HP's private investigation agency tricking phone companies into giving up phone records of board members and reporter, it's an issue of integrity. Surreptitiously spying on board members, and reporters, is not a way to build a cohesive organization or operate ethically. Whoever initiated this ploy (apparently board head Patricia Dunn) needs to be held accountable and step down, no matter if they weren't aware of the tactics used to finder the leaker. Dunn has gone on the record saying:

"I am not happy that the way this investigation has been conducted has led to this major embarrassment," Dunn said in an interview with CNET News.com. Asked if she believed pretexting is illegal, Dunn replied, "I have no idea, but it's wrong."

I interviewed Shai Agassi, president of SAP's Product and Technology Group, this week and we talked about SAP's product roadmap, competing with Oracle (no punches held back) and his view of how service orientation will rewrite the book on software [see the video interview]. I briefly chat about my visit to UPS's Louisville headquarters this week and David gives his take on Amazon's new Unbox video download service.

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Topics: CXO

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