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Pete Steege
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China consumers are paying for online content

When someone mentions digital content piracy, China is typically part of the conversation. Historically Chinese consumers have not been willing to pay full price – and often any price – for software, music and movies.

Ask Microsoft. Steve Ballmer recently told Chinese Pesident Hu Jintau that 90% of Microsoft software users in China didn’t pay for it. Continue reading »

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Media on demand uses one third the energy of mailed discs

Electronic software distribution is not the panacea some software retailers may have hoped it would be, partly because customers still want a physical copy of what they purchase. But traditional “mail the disc” methods of distribution are, well, old-fashioned. Software retailers need another alternative. Continue reading »

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Welcome to the videonet: the Internet will be mostly video by 2013

AT&T demonstrated video phones more than 50 years ago. It seemed at the time like video calls were just around the corner. They’ve remained just around the corner until Skype finally figured it out. But video phone calls are not … Continue reading »

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Microsoft’s giant software vending machine

A customer walks into one of the new Microsoft retail stores. Inside he sees the equivalent of a giant vending machine, where he can choose from hundreds of software titles. He selects one and zing! – there it is, all boxed up with CDs or DVDs and documentation in Microsoft packaging.

How do they do that? Continue reading »