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Skype exec leaves after a month, blog comments to blame

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/19/10 11:36 AM

In a weird story about the messenger becoming the message, Madhu Yarlagadda has left Skype after only a month on the job as Chief Development Officer, and just as the company is trying to go public. It’s Silicon Valley executive gossip, sure, but there’s something more going on here. When his hiring for the job was originally announced on the tech site Tech Crunch, a slew of negative comments appeared by people who had worked with him previously, most recently at Yahoo. Tech Crunch writes about the situation here. It seems the comments, many of which Tech Crunch says it removed, prompted Yarlagadda to contact former colleagues and ask them to write positive comments on him in the same space. But instead, some of those contacted merely commented that he contacted them and then they ripped him too. The lesson: BE NICE TO EVERYONE YOU WORK WITH ALL THE TIME FOREVER.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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