Archive for July, 2000

BLACK-SCHOLES DOESN’T WORK WHEN YOU DIVIDE BY ZERO

July 31, 2000

“A lot of people are saying, ‘I don’t care about the options — let’s talk salary.’ So there’s been more negotiations on that point.”

BlueLight.com HR director Pippa Manley, on the Kmart online subsidiary’s options-averse hires, The New York Times, 31 July 2000

TALK TO THE BRAND

July 28, 2000

“What most excites me is being the personal face of the brand to women around the world, which I feel I haven’t been able to do as CEO.”

iVillage cofounder Candice Carpenter, on her decision to cede the top spot at the money-losing women’s site to No. 2 Doug McCormick, Inside.com, 27 July 2000

AND I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT IF … OH, WAIT, I AM ONE OF

July 27, 2000

“When I had the idea of building an Internet community to help music fans buy MP3s, I didn’t think it would be embroiled in a legal battle.”

Napster founder Shawn Fanning, who might have gotten more clued in when his company hired a lawyer as its CEO, Broadcast.com, 27 July 2000

I GET “AMERICAN PIE” WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

July 26, 2000

“One can’t possibly equate a couple of friends sharing a tape with worldwide distribution.”

RIAA general counsel Cary Sherman, on the music-industry association’s preliminary court victory against Napster, TechWeb, 26 July 2000

PLUS WE’D HAVE TO DELETE ALL THE SWEAR WORDS

July 25, 2000

“We would have a problem with full open disclosure, because that, in fact, would allow anyone who chose to develop techniques to spoof what we do an easy opportunity to figure out how to do that.”

FBI lab director Donald Kerr, on the agency’s fears that, should its Carnivore Internet wiretap server’s source code be disclosed, Netscape-style, everyone would know what a shoddy job it was doing in monitoring Net traffic, The New York Times, 25 July 2000

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