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  1. Warner and Verizon look to fleece customers more.

    jake on 2005.02.01
    at 01:23 pm

    Engadget is letting us know about a new arrangement between Verizon Wireless and the Warner Music Group. The basic premise doesn’t sound too bad. Using their new VCast service you can download video clips for $15 bucks more a month.

    The real kicker is that that’s only for basic content. $15 bucks just to get some news clips. To get the “premium content” you have to pay more. Now $3.99 might not kill you to download a game, but they actually expect you to pay that much for a music video. A music video? I realize that MTV doesn’t show them anymore ;) but you can download music videos all over the place for free. The whole thing about MTV is that it’s publicity. Your video is shown in heavy rotation and just like on the radio you hope that it increases record sales. Who in their right mind would pay $3.99 just to put a music video on their cell phone?

    I’d much rather just make the clips myself and put them on my phone, though I often wonder how much fun watching The Daily Show would be on a 1.5” screen, Verizon has already proven they just want money. In fact I may jump ship when my account is up this year…

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  2. Mmm... del.icio.us

    jake on 2005.02.01
    at 12:28 pm

    Matt Biddulph has done a couple cool things with del.icio.us.

    The first involves a simple tool that checks your account for similar words. This can be used to weed out similar keywords you may want to merge. For example, I had both ““font”:http://del.icio.us/tag/font/” and ““fonts”:http://del.icio.us/tag/fonts/” in my list. I took out “fonts” and just left “font.” Now I don’t need to look in both places when searching for the site I tagged.

    The second is a bit more complex. Using del.icio.us he has created a lateral reference demo of the BBC Radio 3 site. Once a page is tagged a list of the tags appears below the article. And below them a list of related articles. In his example he tagged an article with ““cello”:http://del.icio.us/tag/cello/” and related articles from that the BBC Radio 3 site pop up for viewing.

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