Former Amazon.com employee Mike Daisey, who recounted his time at the company in the book "21 Dog Years," was a hit on YouTube last week...

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Former Amazon.com employee Mike Daisey, who recounted his time at the company in the book “21 Dog Years,” was a hit on YouTube last week. We’re not sure if Daisey appreciated the attention, however.

The YouTube clip shows dozens of audience members from a California high school walking out of a performance earlier this month by Daisey, now a monologist and actor. One person poured a bottle of water over Daisey’s performance notes as Daisey sat wide-eyed and speechless.

According to Daisey, the walkouts identified themselves as part of a Christian group upset over language in the performance. On his blog, Daisey said he tracked down the water-pourer and forgave him during a long phone conversation. They wished each other luck and hung up.

Paging Dr. Ballmer

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Microsoft‘s earnings call last week conjured images of MSN on a hospital bed, its pulse beeping on a nearby machine, and doctors looking on with concern.

Bernstein & Co. analyst Charles di Bona said it had appeared that Microsoft has “stabilized the patient,” referring to the company’s online services business segment.

“How do you want to get him up off the table and move in the right direction?” he asked during the call. That segment is a long-term business, execs replied.

Musically speaking


The worldwide market for sales of online music is expected to reach $2.7 billion this year, an increase of 62 percent.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Renay’s in town

Former CNN anchor Renay San Miguel has left the network and moved to Seattle, where he’ll have plenty of advice to give Microsoft, InfoSpace and other companies.

Starting Tuesday, San Miguel will be working for public-relations firm Weber Shandwick, providing media advice and planning.

According to Weber Shandwick, San Miguel will help companies figure out how to use blogs, streaming video and podcasts.

Isi-long week

What happened to Isilon Systems last week? The Seattle digital-storage company’s stock price sunk from above the $18 mark on Monday to $12.45 on Friday. Three analysts cut their target prices on the stock.

Blame it on earnings. The company, which went public in December, said its first-quarter net loss was 6 cents a share and revenue was $21.6 million. Analysts had expected a 3 cent loss and revenue of $22.4 million.

Download, a column of news bits, observations and miscellany, is gathered by The Seattle Times technology staff. We can be reached at 206-464-2265 or biztech@seattletimes.com.