Stories for Nov. 25, 2002

Microsoft, BT Team on MSN, Broadband: Microsoft’s MSN 8 browser and BT’s broadband access, that’s the deal. MSN 8 is Microsoft’s subscriptio… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 24, 2002

Salon Plans to Sell Future Revenues To an Unnamed Bank: According to the recent SEC filings, Salon Media Groups may sell some of its future… Read more »

Oversimulated Suburbia At Sims: David Brooks’ fascinating description of the surprising hit, the video/computer game Sims, and the cultural… Read more »

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Online Dating’s New Love: IM: IM is catching on as the next step in online dating sites. “Yahoo, the online hub for personals advertisements… Read more »

Subscriber Sponsorship May Catch On: Well, I already did a story on this, but a decent overview of the trend. “”This is a bridge between fre… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 23, 2002

Neil Budde Leaves Neil Budde,’s publisher, is departing to pursue other opportunities. Budde hasn’t decided what he will do… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 22, 2002

Ring up the Tone: I don’t have an exact figure, but I can bet there are at least 25 ring tone companies in U.S. alone. And that considering… Read more »

eSubscriptions Takes the Literal Route: This site, still in beta, has taken the word “subscription” a bit too literally. It hopes offers a s… Read more »

iVillage’s Tactics to Profit (Someday): A case study on iVillage’s strategy to develop the woman-focused network as a community. Over the la… Read more »

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NCSoft’s Lineage Enters China: NCSoft, the South Korea-based biggest developer of online games, has partnered with SINA to bring “Lineage” i… Read more »

NetRatings To Report on Market Share of Non-Browser Based Internet Apps: This kind of expansion of Internet metrics will be important, espec… Read more »

Will Pre-Paid Internet Cards Be a Precursor to Pre-Paid Site Access Cards?: The story doesn’t say so, but this will be happening in the near… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 21, 2002

American Greetings on Setting the Stage for Charging Subscribers (via TEoF: A story about why and how American Greeting started charging sub… Read more »

British publishing company Emap is to start charging FHM and Max Power readers: will charge visitors £1 per month for access to its… Read more »

PubScience Shut down Due to Pressure From Pay Sites: The U.S. Energy Department has shut down PubScience, an electronic service that cross-i… Read more » Delisted From Nasdaq, to Trade on OTC: If there is any company which needs to go private, it is Salon Media. The company has been… Read more »’s New Scheme More Than a Day’s Worth: An interesting point raised by Anne Holland on her blog: the free day of Premium Salon that… Read more »

Sony Music Buys Run tones: Record label Sony Music Entertainment has purchased a small New York wireless entertainment company as part of a… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 20, 2002

More Details On’s Free Day Pass: MediaPost does a story on “Ultramerical”, the ad format being used by Mercedes Benz on… Read more »

AOL Set To Unveil New Content Strategy: In a presentation to investors, AOL Time Warner hopes to present its new strategy for AOL: new conte… Read more »

Hybrid Subscription Schemes Will Evolve: An interesting story about the subscription scheme, where the author says that the FT has st… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 19, 2002

Collecting What Content Is Worth: Vin Crosbie on the need to meter your content the right way. “Most current microtransaction systems (Click… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 18, 2002

Streaming Vs. Downloads: This is the music industry’s version of the eternal debate: radio vs. record player; magazines vs. books; tv movie… Read more » to Charge for Its Online Version (via TeOF):, the progeny of one of the oldest personal computing magazine Byte (started i… Read more »

Credit Cards Start Charging New Fee From Adult Subscription Sites: does a fascinating story on how credit card companies are now… Read more »

Spanish Paper El Pais Puts Entire Content Behind Subscription Wall: This is perhaps the first and the biggest general-interest paper in Euro… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 15, 2002

RealNetworks Books Media Player Revenues With Subscription Sales; Subscriber Acquisition Costs Increase: A small but curious detail in its l… Read more »

Xbox Live Comes Online: Microsoft has unveiled its “Xbox Live” broadband game service for its Xbox game console. “There is a big difference… Read more »

Micropayment Service Launched in Finland: Finnish company Net People Oy has launched a micropayment solution called ePOLETTI.
The service pl… Read more »

Roxio Snapping up Napster’s Assets: For about $5 million (3.1 million pounds) in stock and cash. “Roxio refused to comment on its plans for… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 14, 2002

Pressplay Signs on Fifth Label; Now Competes With Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Pressplay music subscript… Read more » Expands Subscription Deal with RealNetworks: NBA will offer exclusive content on its site, using RealNetworks’ video and aud… Read more »

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