The guest on this week's nationally syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show is Vijay Vaitheeswaran, author of the new book Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems. In this audio segment he challenges the conventional wisdom about the value of intellectual property for technology companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo!, and how IBM's surprising innovation in some ways sets it apart from other tech giants.

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