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

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.

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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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  • Disagress! if you have any heart

    Well, to my mind it is fully correct to do what HP's Dunn did.

    No person in a company has the right to do whatever without possible supervision. This is simply a matter of fact. Whoever says something else did not quite understand business. Putting it direct.
    A company must work and run like an army. And to do so the road has to be kept clean, holes must be filled, and folks have to be punished. Society works this way ever since. Tricks on those who don't behave, sweets for the rest.
    And if someone does not behave, there is basically not any right besides that of his dignity.
    And since tapping phone calls in order to overhear tons of babble and remember only little unpersonal information relevant, does rather infringe the rights of the one forced to tap the calls, than it is to the tapped.
    If we had death panelty on leaking confident information, however, the problem would most probably not even exist.
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