RECORD INDUSTRY AND SLUMPING SALES

Dan Bricklin is an old-timer in the computer industry – among other things, he developed VisiCalc, the granddaddy of the spreadsheets. He’s done a lengthy statistical analysis of CD sales to respond to the record industry’s assertion that piracy is responsible for...

RECORD COMPANIES: FEAR OF MUSIC

The recording industry continues its relentless campaign to prevent us from actually hearing any of its products played out loud. The latest is the proposal floated in a cover story in Billboard magazine last week for federal legislation requiring royalties to be paid...

ROBERT HEINLEIN AND THE RECORDING INDUSTRY

“There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or a corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years , the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in...

MICROSOFT AND MONEY

Microsoft acknowledges what analysts have also been pointing out – that its growth will start to slow over the next few years. But Microsoft’s cash on hand is starting to raise some eyebrows. Cash and short-term investments are currently above forty...

THE AOL-TIME WARNER BLACK HOLE

Last week, AOL Time Warner announced that it was writing off $54 billion of its net worth as being completely unsaleable and without any value whatsoever. This embarrassing loss is in addition to the nosediving stock price for the last fifteen months, during which the...

TIME WARNER HELL

Two announcements from Time Warner today that should strike fear into your heart, as we move into a future controlled by corporations and inundated by advertising. America Online plans to increase the intensity of advertising on AOL and Time Warner web sites. (You...