Tuesday , August 4 2020

Culture and Society

Yahoo to Challenge RealNetworks

Yahoo to announce a subscription video/audio streaming service: Internet media company Yahoo Inc. will launch its most substantial subscription video service yet next week, an offering that will combine streaming coverage of news, entertainment and live sporting events, sources close to the company said on Friday. The new service takes …

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Good Time to Be an AOL Customer

There seems to be an announcement every few days now from AOL about some new service or convenience. I am pleased and wish them well (my sister works there), but I can’t help but wonder at the timing: why couldn’t they improve the sevice and value to customers BEFORE the …

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Auntie Flo

Dawn celebrates motherhood here. At least before the advent of home testing, the first sign of impending motherhood used to be the friend who didn’t come to visit. More euphemisms from the Museum of Menstruation: Are you in need? “When I was in college in Berea, Ohio, if my female …

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Madonna Coming Digitally on March 24

Controversial single “American Life” will be shipped out via email 3/24 with a “special voice message from Madonna.” The digital single was encoded in Madonna’s recording studio for premium quality. You can choose between good quality (128kbps) or high quality (192kbps) files to download. Pre-ordering the digital single only requires …

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Ads: Cultural Artifacts

You may have noticed our Blogad strip over on the left there has been slowly but surely growing. Blogads is a noble, patient experiment by the stalwart, ever pleasant Henry Copeland, and it’s a damn good one. If you are a blogger or read blogs, put your money where your …

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Profiled

Almost daily we are asked to give up some small piece of our privacy for the sake of “safety,” in one sense or another. The issue comes up today regarding airline passengers and automobiles. The airlines: Criticism of an electronic airline passenger-screening network took on a new edge yesterday as …

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Who’s Googling Who?

Millions have their asses googled daily: Savvy Web users are using Google.com and other powerful Web search tools to track down or keep tabs on long-lost acquaintances — be they former lovers, classmates, friends or enemies. These searches, which once might have required hiring a private detective, have become increasingly …

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Natalie Now Her Own Merchant

Natalie Merchant is taking the plunge into the indie world: she has left Elektra after 17 years, started her own label, paid for her own recording, and is releasing her new record via her website. Jon Pareles has the scoop: When her Elektra contract expired in August 2002, she chose …

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Porn Popping on P2P

Congressional reports out today find porn prevalent in P2P networks: “We need to alert parents to this problem and learn what they can do about it,” said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), who will chair hearings on the matter this morning. “Seemingly innocent searches for files containing images of …

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MTV and Motorola Pair Up for “Mobile Entertainment”

MTV content via Motorola wireless outside the US in $75million joint venture: Leveraging MTV’s influence among youth and knowledge of the ever-evolving music and lifestyle scene and Motorola’s technology and personalization intelligence, the two companies will develop and integrate locally created marketing activities in regions around the globe. Together, MTV …

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