‘You Google, But Do You Skype?’

USA Today asks, "You Google, but do you Skype?" The article comments on Google’s e-library project, tossing in the cliche that "it’s not so easy or as enjoyable to curl up in front of a fireplace with a 17-inch computer screen." (By the way, in case you didn’t know, that is not necessarily true, although maybe curling up with a PDA is a touch better.) The more interesting tidbit is that Blockbuster is getting rid of late fees.

Abolishing the fees is a great customer-relations gesture, but it’s
also born of competitive necessity. The industry is losing business to
retailers selling discount DVDs and mail-order companies such as

Finally, the newspaper puts in a good word for VOIP company Skype, whose service I use to keep in touch with my relatives overseas. (I saw a map recently that showed that Taiwan is second only to the United States in number of Skype users.)


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