This week in Google
There's never a dull moment following Google
Google then provided headline fodder, when CEO Eric Schmidt was appointed to the board of directors at Apple Computer
Then we had the revelation that the company's books.google.com book-search site will let visitors print public-domain books at home. Google has had a rocky relationship with book publishers in the past. Even if this only covers older, freely available books, it won't make publishers happy to see more competition for their coveted readers.
AOL rocks if it rolls
It's time for Time Warner
Perhaps more importantly, it will also compete with AOL itself. In turning away from its Internet-service-provider model to become a free Web-based portal, AOL has a lot to prove. Will folks not using AOL want an AOL.com email address? Will a company that has long been portrayed -- however incorrectly -- as the Internet on training wheels be considered hip enough on this side of the millennium?
Launching a successful music service would naturally help make AOL cooler, or at the very least, less uncool. Jam. It's tasty on bread. It's what great musicians do. It's what AOL has gotten itself into. Let's see if it can jam its way out of this jam.
Until next week, I remain,
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