Archive for June, 1998

PORN AGAIN

June 30, 1998

“There’s a big opportunity for something that’s a little more adult [than AOL].”

Longtime America Online exec Audrey Weil, who was recently booted to the backwaters to serve as AOL subsidiary CompuServe’s chief operating officer, on innovative business plans to revive the also-ran online service, The Wall Street Journal, 29 June 1998

SMOKING THE DUMB PIPE

June 29, 1998

“The thought that AT&T or TCI will become a dumb pipe and turn over the portal service to AOL is just ridiculous.”

Tom Jermoluk, chairman of @Home, who’s been taking notes from his new owners on how to dominate the market for broadband access by being an unresponsive monopoly, The New York Times, 29 June 1998

I THINK I REMEMBER WHAT CUSTOMERS LOOK LIKE

June 26, 1998

“I’ve never had a customer mention Linux to me.”

Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates, displaying his familiarity with his freeware competition at a Windows 98 launch event in San Francisco, PC Week, 25 June 1998

HOW TO USE YOUR REMOTE LACK OF SELF-CONTROL

June 25, 1998

“Would you like to order Viagra while you’re watching your favorite entertainment show? Push, point, and click.”

John Malone, outgoing CEO of Tele-Communications Inc., on the supposed virtues of PC-TV convergence made possible by the merger of TCI with AT&T, News.com, 24 June 1998

BUT WILL IT STOP PEOPLE FROM POSTING PICTURES OF THEIR CATS?

June 24, 1998

“[Our service] Is primarily designed to allow people to use the Internet and be secure against the release of personal information.”

Lance Cottrell, CEO of Anonymizer Inc., on his slightly misdirected plans to eliminate the scourge of excess information from the Web, Wired News, 23 June 1998

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