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Lotusphere 2010: What Up on the Weekend?

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I’m not a talk show host, nor do I play one on TV.

But I do like to sit with my cute little Flip Video camera in my living room and pretend that I’ll be taking over for Conan.

Today, I pretended to be Conan preparing to fly down to Orlando to emcee this year’s Lotusphere 2010 grand opening session come Monday morning.

You can catch the completely unedited, totally-on-the-fly, cinema verite-ish cut of said video directly below, where I slowly metamorphasize into an overly friendly Lotus talking head and traffic guard explaining which way is up at the Swan and the Dolphin.

I’m still completely in the dark about who the emcee for Monday’s grand opening session is…that’s because I’m a complete nobody, and nobody tells me anything, which is also why you probably ought not even be listening to what I say right now, because I really don’t know anything.  Really!

In any case, my money’s on Denis Leary as emcee.

No?  Not likely?  Been there, done that, got the t-shirt?

Okay.  Well, I also doubt it’s Conan, but who knows?

Who knows?  Ah, I get it!!!

C’mon, only Lotus Knows!

Which means I guess we’ll just have to share a moment and all find out together early Monday morning who the emcee is.

In the meantime, safe travels!

Written by turbotodd

January 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Talk Show For Sale, Cheap

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Has anybody but me been DVRing Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” episodes this week and watching them in the morning to start the day with a good laugh?

Wow.  There is no love lost between the Peacock network and O’Brien, and boy is he using his show as a bully pulpit to get in his last digs before he leaves.

On last night’s show, he joked about putting the show up for sale on Craig’s List.

On this one, I’m not joking.



The Daily Beast’s Kim Masters reports that the late-night nightmare is almost over, and that Conan is leaving NBC with a payout, and will be free to appear on another network before his contract expires.

As Conan ponders his wide open future, leading consumer and industrial electronics giant Panasonic Corporation is reshaping its own, having announced yesterday that it is adopting IBM LotusLive’s suite of collaboration services.

Panasonic will be using LotusLive for Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management.

It will also implement LotusLive Connections to enable business social networking between employees, partners, and suppliers to help them find other people with specific skills or knowledge and to share insight.

Panasonic will be migrating from Microsoft Exchange and other collaboration tools to LotusLive for email, calendaring, and contact management, and will present more details next week at Lotusphere in Orlando.

FYI, the global cloud computing market is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 28 percent from $47B last year to $126B by 2012 (based on various market estimates).

Speaking of global, IBM has also extended its LotusLive Cloud collaboration service with the availability and free trial of LotusLive Engage and LotusLive Connections in Brazilian portugese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Spanish.

The additional language support for the LotusLive portfolio follows the recent announcement of the availability of LotusLive iNotes, IBM’s email service that delivers the benefits of cloud computing with a focus on reliability, privacy and security, to millions of mainstream business users for $3 per user, per month.

LotusLive provides integrated email, collaboration and social networking services to simplify and improve daily business interactions with customers, partners and colleagues. A no-cost, 30-day trial of LotusLive is available at www.lotuslive.com/compare.

Written by turbotodd

January 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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