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Comment Blinders (Score 1) 634

Some Big-Wigs just don't get it. It's not that their music has been stolen, thereby disappearing the corresponding dollars. It's much more a case of the free/cheap/new/independent sources of music on the internet offering a better cost/benefit ratio than their previous 1-good-apple-in-a-bag-of-twelve deal. They haven't been ripped off - they're becoming irrelevant. Their misfortune is a direct product of their own greed, so shy of a deaf granny or disabled teen-ager here and there, they have no one to sue. Any money fountain attracts nasty people - let 'em cry, let 'em rot.
Media

Submission + - New York Times to be More Quotable?

warren_spencer_1977 writes: Slashdotters are often loathe to quote, or ,provide a link to a New York Times article, since one must be a paid subscriber to see most of their interesting stuff. Pisses off us freedom-loving geeks, it does.

But today the Red Herring is running an article on the end of paid service (no word on requiring a membership, though). From the article:

The Post, citing a source briefed on the matter, said a decision had been made by top Times executives. The timing of when the service would become free depends on technical issues, including revamping the software surrounding that section of the NYTimes.com site, according to the Post report.

I'm quite sure the New York Times is just trying to get better citations on Slashdot, but could there be other motives at work here?
Google

Google Shows Off Ad-Supported Cell Phone 290

taoman1 writes "Today Google showed off a ad-supported cellphone that the company plans to offer for free to interested parties. The product could reach the marketplace within a year, and will offer Google search, email, and a web browser. 'The move would echo another recent product launched by a phone industry outsider, Apple Inc.'s iPhone. But Google's product would draw its revenue from a sharply different source, relying on commercial advertising dollars instead of the sticker price of at least US$499 for an iPhone and $60 per month for the AT&T Inc. service plan. Negotiating the fairest way to split those advertising revenues with service providers could be a big hurdle for Google, one analyst said. Another problem is the potential that consumers could be scared off by the prospect of listening to advertisements before being able to make phone calls, said Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecommunications industry analyst in Atlanta.'"

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