This is my next podcast, live at 6:30PM EST!

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That’s right people — we’re back! We’re cuing up right now for the inaugural edition of This is my next Podcast, and we’ll be starting ever so shortly. Until then, the chat below is open, so settle in and get acquainted. Oh, and a big thanks to our friends at Ustream and Zune for graciously featuring our show today!

Update: And we’re done — we’ll have a regular podcast post up tomorrow, and check back next Thursday for the next live show featuring a we buy any house company that buys property for cash!

Samsung Gem with Verizon branding in live shots

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samsung gem on verizon


Chris has posted a few pictures of Samsung’s Android-powered Gem in Verizon trim, a launch we’ve been expecting since it started leaking last fall. No word on a release date yet, but this would mark the first time the device — which is already on US Cellular and Alltel — will available from a national carrier.

Check it out here!

This is my next Podcast 001 – 04.05.2011

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Hey.  This is my next podcast.  It’s right here, inside, ready to rock.  It’s got Josh, Paul, and Nilay in it, rapping just like you’re used to.  If you’re not used to it, welcome!  What lies within is three guys using the week in technology news as an excuse to talk about Zardoz, Sesame Street, and a tiny bit of technology news.  We think you’ll like it a lot.



Welcome to This is my next Podcast!

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Hello friends! As you probably know, Josh, Paul and I are hard at work on a new tech site with the awesome team at SB Nation, but we wanted to keep podcasting in the meantime — there’s just too much interesting tech news out there for us to talk about. So welcome to This is my next Podcast, our temporary home until the new site launches sometime in the fall. We’ll be doing a weekly show full of information and irreverance just like always — starting on Monday this week and then generally on Thursdays from here on. And although we’ll still be the hosts, we’re going to bring on friends like Joanna Stern, Chris Ziegler, and Ross Miller much more regularly to share their wit and wisdom as well.

But wait, that’s not all! In addition to the live streams and archived recordings, we’re going to be publishing a few posts on the site as well: editorials on industry trends, ideas for new products and services, and careful examination of our innermost thoughts and feelings. Those will go out a little more irregularly — we’re all pretty busy building our new site, after all — but we’ll definitely let you know when there’s something new. And as always, feel free to contact us with questions, comments, and concerns on Twitter, over email, or right here in the comments — we love hearing from you, and we’re excited to have you all along for the ride as we start building this thing.

Oh, and one last thing: we’re going to broadcast live today at 6:30PM EST, but we’re taking a little poll to decide the best time for everyone in the future. Let us know, and we’ll do our best to make it work so everyone is able to catch the live show.

What’s the best time for the live podcast on Thursdays?

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This is my next project

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As you may have already heard (or read), there’s some activity going on in the world of Joshua Topolsky. Earlier this evening, David Carr published a piece in the New York Times about a new project that I’m embarking on… and I want to just say a few things about it.

Firstly: yes, this is happening. I’ve decided to join the team at SB Nation to build something brand new in the tech space. Now I know it might seem odd to some that I would be partnering with a sports publisher to build a technology news site, but that’s only half the story. This isn’t just about sports, or tech, or lone silos. What we will build together at SB Nation is a new media company — buoyed by the absolutely incredible work SB Nation has already done in publishing — and part of that new media company will be the as-yet-unnamed gadget and technology site that I’ll be working over the next few months to create. When we launch (hopefully in the fall), I will be editor-in-chief of a property that I hope will inform, entertain, and engage fans of technology in whole new ways.

I should say that I wouldn’t want to build something like this alone, and thankfully, I won’t have to. I’ll be joined by some very good friends at this new venture — people like Nilay Patel, for instance.

Of course, the natural question I’m sure a lot of people have is: why SB Nation? The easy answer is that the people at SB Nation share my vision of what publishing looks like in the year 2011. They think that the technology used to create and distribute news on the web (and mobile) is as important as the people who are responsible for the content itself. And that’s not just pillow talk — SB Nation is actively evolving its tools and processes to meet the growing and changing needs of its vast editorial teams and their audience communities. They’re building for the web as it is now. From the perspective of a journalist who also happens to be a huge nerd, that’s a match made in heaven. SBN isn’t just another media company pushing news out — it’s a testbed and lab for some of the newest and most interesting publishing tools I’ve ever seen. In short, I was blown away when I saw what kind of technology they’re using to get news on their front page and engage audiences, and even more blown away when I started talking to them about what could come next.

But beyond the technology (and possibly more important than the technology), there’s another factor here that’s driving my decision. It’s that SB Nation believes in real, independent journalism and the potential for new media to serve as an answer and antidote to big publishing houses and SEO spam — a point we couldn’t be more aligned on. This is a group of people that not only think independent media works, but are reaping the rewards of new publishing done right. As the fastest growing online sports publisher, they’re seen as a source for credible and honest journalism, which is why industry stalwarts like Rob Neyer have recently joined their ranks (ranks which include hundreds of talented sports experts). This isn’t tabloid page grabbing or content farming — it’s news and insight by and fora passionate and informed group of people. And that’s exactly where I want to be.

So, what happens next? We get to work.

In the coming months I’m going to be laser focused on one thing: building the best tech site in the world — and I would love to hear what you guys think the next phase in technology and gadget news should look like. Ping me with ideas, gripes, or even better — come and work here! SB Nation is looking for new developers as we speak, and as we ramp up to launch, we’ll be bringing on lots of talent to work both on the front page and behind the scenes.

I couldn’t be more excited and enthusiastic about what we can build right now, and I can’t wait to share what we’re going to make with the rest of the world. The months ahead are going to be filled with lots of early mornings and sleepless nights, intense debates, triumphs, and trials — and I can’t wait.