Thursday, July 06, 2006

Bwahahahahahaha .........

'AOL May Offer Its Services for Free'

NEW YORK - America Online, the online unit of Time Warner Inc., is considering offering its services, including e-mail, free to customers who already have a high-speed Internet connection, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Under terms of the proposal, which comes amid AOL's quickly depreciating subscriber base, AOL would no longer charge subscription fees to users with high-speed Internet access or a dial-up service from another provider. AOL customers with "dial-up" Internet access through AOL would still have to pay a monthly fee of as much as $25.90, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said that AOL's total U.S. subscriber base fell by 850,000 in the first quarter to 18.6 million. At the end of 2002 the company had 26.5 million subscribers.



No, but seriously ......

'Calif. Man Finds Marmoset in Backyard'

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Andrew Padilla first saw the monkey in the backyard of his Palo Alto home, hanging out by a fence. He thought it must be a squirrel. It turned out to be a marmoset.

"I wanted to adopt him," Padilla said. "He was so cute and friendly." Padilla said he fed the stray monkey bananas and crackers before calling the Peninsula Humane Society.



4:30 p.m.

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'French fan killed during celebration'


PARIS — With shouts of “Zizou, Zizou!” and “We’re in the final!" Tens of thousands of French fans poured onto the Champs Elysees after France advanced to the World Cup final Wednesday night. One fan was killed in a subway accident, disrupting traffic while the metro system was packed with people. The victim had climbed atop a train at the Opera metro station, in central Paris beneath the famed Opera Garnier, and fell at around midnight ......


Devolution of the species continues ........ unabated

'Universal tries repackaging to hike CD sales'

LONDON - Universal Music Group International, announced Wednesday that it is overhauling the packaging of compact discs sold in Europe, in an effort to slow the decline of CD sales. The company unveiled a new three-tier packaging system. "DeLuxe" packaging, for top artists' latest releases, "Standard," and a slim "Basic" sheathing for old classics.

New releases from Universal's biggest names, including The Killers, will hit shelves in September in the deluxe wrappings, replete with limited-edition bonus features. "The CD is fighting back," said Max Hole (in the head), executive vice president of marketing at Paris-based Universal.

The new "Super Jewel Box" case has rounded edges, stronger hinges and a locking clasp. The additional audio and video content in the deluxe model will come with a bigger price of $25.50 - the company said pilot programs across Europe show the model as a success.


You betcha there Maxwell. Raising the price of CD's is definitely going to increase their sales (and decrease copy sharing, and slow online distribution). Uh huh. Yep. Rightey 'O.

Oh and Max, I seem to recall a very old adage about books, and their covers (I dunno, maybe that's just me). Hey, better music and better production values wouldn't hoyt either .... but then you know that already. Right Max?

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