Archive for January, 2000

TAXES ARE SO OLD MEDIA

January 31, 2000

“You can’t squeeze the new economy into policies written for smokestack industries.”

Senator Ron Wyden (D.-some state that doesn’t have sales taxes anyway, so what does he care?), on why we shouldn’t tax Internet retailers, News.com, 31 January 2000

A PERSONAL MATTER

January 28, 2000

“We clearly have a database of pre-ripped CDs, but there is no license required — it’s for personal use.”

MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson, whose push to make his customers’ private CD libraries his business may lead the recording industry to pre-rip him a new orifice, News.com, 28 January 2000

WE’LL TAKE OUR PORTAL AND GO HOME

January 27, 2000

“We certainly believe there will be room in the marketplace for a number of large portals … Looking at our strengths, we can win in the area of recreation, leisure, and entertainment.”

Go.com president Steve Wadsworth, on the Disney-backed Website’s retreat from ambitions of competing with Yahoo, CBS MarketWatch, 27 January 2000

ANALYZE THIS

January 26, 2000

“The investment-banking industry is feeling the effects of the Internet, and I think E*Offering is the best positioned to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Deutsche Banc analyst Andrea Williams, damning her former employer with effusive praise that doesn’t quite explain why she left, The Wall Street Journal, 26 January 2000 (paid subscription required)

NETSCAPE’S BUSINESS STRATEGY REVEALED

January 25, 2000

“Accumulation of wealth has no purpose.”

Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale, philosophizing on his former company’s legacy, The Washington Post, 25 January 2000

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