Category: Dot Com
April 02, 2008
New Productivity Tool, FoolOrNot, Launches
Kapa'a, Kaua'i, HI -- 2 April 2008 (DENOUNCE NEWSWIRE) -- FoolOrNot Corporation announced today the release of FoolOrNot, a new web service aimed at worker productivity. Simply put, the service helps web users determine if a link they're about to click on will take them to content that is an April Fool's style joke or not.
To use FoolOrNot, users first pay an annual fee of $129, and then are able to copy and paste up to 12 URL's into the site, to determine if any of the URLs point to April Fool's style content. Customers can pay an additional $49 for each additional dozen URLs.
FoolOrNot also offers the $79.95 FoolOrNot FireFox Browser Plugin, which enables web users to simply hover their mouse cursor over a link or button to determine before clicking whether that link will take the user to content deemed "foolish" and a practical joke. A special blinking alarm goes off if the content is deemed to contain a "RickRoll" experience.
"RickRoll detection alone is worth billions to us in global workforce productivity," said H.R. Geiger, global head of H.R. for IBM Corporation. "FoolOrNot is an essential component of our productivity strategy."
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Posted by denounce at 10:13 AM
February 19, 2003
Match.com Announces Spouse-Spy Notification Service
Spouses Can Now Find Out If Their Other Half's Surfing Match.com
San Helifino, CA /DenounceNewswire/ -- 19 February 2003 -- Match.com, a global leader in online dating, today announced the launch Spouse-Spy, a new service for married people concerned that their spouses are using Match.com to find singles interested in having affairs.
"Historically, online dating has been about singles," said Tim Sullivan, president of Match.com. "With the launch of Spouse-Spy, we are recognizing a huge untapped segment of the dating marketplace -- married couples. The needs of this market segment are entirely different than the traditional market, but we've found a way to monetize it and we're excited by the potential going forward."
Spouse-Spy works by having a married customer sign up for the service, which will cost $5 a month, or $50 a year, provide personal information on their spouse who they suspect may be cheating on them, and then sit back and wait for email, beeper, cellphone, or fax notifications indicating that the spouse has been spotted surfing through the pages of match.com looking for singles to date.
"Now a worried spouse can have peace of mind, for only $50 a year," says Sullivan.
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Posted by denounce at 05:28 PM
December 01, 2000
MP3.COM RE-RELAUNCHES MY.MP3.COM
Consumers Can Put Some CD Collections Online Now Maybe
San Diego, CA /DenounceNewswire/ -- December 1, 2000 -- MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP) today announced the re-re-launch of My.MP3.com, offering anywhere, anytime online access to some of the music that music fans keep in their collection. This new version of the service offers deep integration with the five major record labels as well as cooperation with the internal enforcement, tracking, and control divisions of the Recording Industry Association of America and the various law-enforcement agencies of NATO countries.
The new My.MP3 service emerges with four basic and seven premier pricing levels, offering unprecedented opportunity for consumers to choose which pricing level they're most comfortable, or at least, least confused, with.
The four basic account levels for the newly re-re-introduced My.MP3.com are as follows:
The basic basic free account allows you to store one CD for each dozen Sephora lipstick, eyewear, or hair care products that you can prove you own. A new version of MP3.com's (Nasdaq: MPPP) Beam-It (tm) software can now detect how many Sephora products you own, and automatically reports this information back to MP3.com's headquarters where it is stored and subsequently forgotten.
The basic community free account allows you to listen to an unlimited amount of music that MP3.com's database indicates that other users have not yet listened to in their accounts. Users are not able to build a library of their own music under this account option, at least during months that begin with the letter F.
The basic complex free account allows you to build an unlimited collection of CDs and listen to as much music as you like whenever you like. The one catch is that when you listen to the music, the music is not the actual music from the original artists who recorded the CDs in your collection, but rather is sensitive and artful reinterpretations of the songs, recorded and performed by none other than Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com.
The basic out-of-mind, out-of-sight account level allows you to register with My.MP3.com for a fixed cost of $3.95 per month, and does not require a computer, operating system, web browser, or internet connection. "This option allows those who like the idea of My.MP3.com but aren't necessarily ready to start using My.MP3.com to pay for it nevertheless," said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com (which is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol MPPP, by the way). "We will conveniently and automatically charge a customer's credit card each month, without the customer having to do anything at all!"
The premier-level accounts for the newly-reintroduced My.MP3.com are as follows:
The premier-level 0 account has no monthly fee, but requires the user to FedEx a nickel to the RIAA for each listen. In addition, users are limited to 1 CD at any time in their account.
The premier level 1 account costs $5.95 per month, on months beginning with the letter J, and $6.27 per month for other months. This level of account is advertising-driven and allows the user to store up to 3 CDs or 18 tracks whichever comes first. Users can add additional CDs by sending in proof-of-purchase coupons for Sephora beauty products or using MP3.som and Sephora's joint software development product called Face-it to detect how many Sephora products you are currently wearing on your face.
The premier level 2 account costs $7.95 per month, on months beginning with the letter M, and $8.95 for other months, and is also advertising-driven but allows the user to store up to 6 CDs or 24 tracks whichever comes first. Users can add additional CDs for each 1000 daily page views they contribute to the MP3.com website.
The premier level 3 account costs $9.95 per month, on all 12 months except October where it costs $10.07 per month, and is also advertising-driven but allows the user to store up to 9 CDs or 36 tracks whichever comes first. Users can also add additional CDs for each 2000 events they enter at seeUthere.com.
The premier level 4 account costs $10.95 per month, and is also advertising-driven but does not include Sephora ads and lets you store up to 267 CDs as long as the artist's last name begins with the letter R.
The premier level 5 account costs $29.95 per month, is also advertising-driven but does not include Sephora ads, allows you to listen in stereo, and allows you to opt-out of having your personal information forwarded directly to Hilary Rosen.
The premier level 6 account, the top of the line account available for die-hard My.MP3.com users, costs $99.95 per month and is advertising-driven but does not require you do know what the word Sephora means or why there are so many Sephora ads on the MP3.com site. For $99.95 per month, users get to listen to all the music they can possibly listen to, as long as they listen to at least 10 hours of music, and generate 12,000 page views, per day.
"Consumers don't necessarily want to hear about Sephora, but rest assured that Sephora is worth hearing about, " said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com (Nasdaq: MPPP). "What's important is that music is better appreciated when you look shiny, colorful, and anorexic."
Additionally, the My.MP3 service allows users to add some music from the catalog of over 750,000 songs and audio files currently available on MP3.com at no charge, but these additions go away if you don't listen to them right away.
Consumers who previously opened a My.MP3 account can still access music using their existing password, but only if they can prove they have purchased some Sephora lipstick in the past 2 weeks. In addition, up to 50% of a user's old account will be randomly locked to provide confusion and frustration.
Any existing tracks "grandfathered" to the user's account will not affect the total number of discs that can be stored in either the free or premier accounts, but this policy may change tomorrow.
David Bowie (www.mp3.com/davidbowie) recently became the first artist from a major label to be included in the My.MP3 service. Users who add the recently released "Bowie at the Beeb" CD to their accounts using Beam-it will receive a free bonus track not available on the physical disc. This bonus track, "Ch-ch-ch-changes", features MP3.com President and COO Robin Richards on vocals, and MP3.com Chairman and CEO Michael Robertson on piano.
"This is a great day for music fans," said Robin Richards. "It's also terrific for artists and labels who stand to benefit from potential new revenues. We believe that the service will stimulate Sephora sales and generate enthusiastic activity from our users. There's not another service out there comparable to My.MP3. We've made sure of that. In fact, if we offer this pledge to our customers: if you can find a service out there comparable to My.MP3, we will send you a free Sephora gift at no charge. That's how confident we are of our new My.Mp3 service offering."
Only songs and/or CDs that are contained in MP3.com's licensed catalog of content will be available for use by eligible registered My.MP3 account holders. This means that at any time a song and/or CD may be removed from the catalog, and hence from a user's account. This in turn means that a user never has any idea what songs or CDs will actually appear in their account, however, MP3.com guarantees that at least 25% of a user's music collection will be available any time, any where, through the service.
Statements in this press release are entirely fictional and backward-looking, within the meaning of section 207B of the Insecurities Act of 1929 and Section 21E of the Insecurities Exchange Act of 1930. These statements may include references to activities and events not expected to occur in connection with the re-re-launch of the My.MP3.com service and the use and functionality thereof. These statements involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty, not to mention understandability, are only whimsical notions, aand are not to be mistaken for actual events or results which will differ materially from those projected in such backward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to differences include risks related to: MP3.com's litigation proceedings, including without limitation the inability to reach settlement with all parties to such proceedings; risks related to activities and events expected to occur in connection with the re-launch of the My.MP3.com service and the use and functionality thereof, including risks related to compliance with various license provisions and risks regarding consumer acceptance due to the unavailability of certain content not yet licensed for use on the My.MP3.com service; MP3.com's new and uncertain business model; acceptance of MP3.com's products and services; MP3.com's limited operating history; and MP3.com's rapid growth, as well as other risks detailed from time to time in MP3.com's reports to the Inecurities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form Special-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q-VRY-MCH.
Posted by denounce at 05:55 PM
October 23, 2000
SUN MICROSYSTEMS AWARDED PATENT ON "DOT" IN "DOT COM"
San Helifino, CA /DenounceNewswire/ -- October 23, 2000 -- Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced today that it the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent for the "dot" punctuation mark used in domain names.
"Not only are we the dot in dot com," said Scott McNealy, Sun's CEO, "but now we own the dot in dot com."
Analysts widely expected the move from the US Patent and Trademark Office, which should bring approximately one trillion dollars in additional annual revenue to Sun over the next seventeen years.
"Greed knoweth no bounds," quipped Indu Strypundit, an industry pundit, when asked for a quip regarding this latest announcement from Sun. "Nor does the PTO's stupidity," he added.
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Posted by denounce at 06:09 PM
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