Subject: Dude, late breaking news.
To: cote@pobox.com
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Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 11:18:14 -0600

HEADLINE: Cote’ Industries banned from GMAC Residetial

Horsham, PA:
At approximately 12:15 pm on the afternoon of March 27th, New York
resident . . . attempted to access material from
coteindustries.com, the leading provider of Cote’ related media on the
internet, from within the GMAC Residential corporate firewall. He met with
disastrous results. Instead of accessing the Cote’ content as planned, he
was greeted with an ominous sign effectively stating that “Cote’ is banned
from GMAC Residential.” However, this is just the latest in a rash of Cote’
bannings such as last months annoucement by Metropolitan Life Insurance
Company that they would henceforth rigorously block the access of any
“Cote’ Content (TM), Cote’ media, or electronic Cote’ materials ” form all
of their computers.

(See attached file: coteblocked.jpg)

Every client that I go to, I’ll check to see if your site is blocked, and
we can write a story.

Study: Americans are Sleep-Deprived

Americans are sleep-deprived workaholics, with only about a third sleeping
the recommended eight hours a night, and about 40 percent say they have trouble staying awake on the
job, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The survey by the National Sleep Foundation said Americans are spending more time working and less
time having sex than they did five years ago.

Studies like this make me wish I was Spanish…or even French.

From the Privatization of Public Space Dept.:Brave New World Exists Beneath Downtown Toronto:

Toronto’s underground city has more than 4 million square feet…of
retail space, spread out in 27 tunnels running some 6 miles…and
connecting 48 office towers, six major hotels and 1,200 stores. It is
used by around 200,000 people a day, city officials say.

. . .

“It’s sucked all the life out of the street. There’s hardly any shops
on the street level in downtown Calgary and it’s really tragic for the
city,” he said. “There’s never any windows, the air’s crappy and it’s
all fluorescent-lit. I think you’re better off to have your toque and
scarf on and run from store to store (outside).”

. . .

“If you go down to the corner of Dundas and Yonge (in Toronto), you
get a wild parade of humanity, a United Nations, a carnival. You don’t
get anything like that 50 yards away downstairs in the basement. It’s
a completely different world,” architectural critic and historian
Trevor Boddy said.

. . .

“Panhandlers are one of the bigger problems. We really don’t want them
there. It’s not the way we want to present the building, so we’ll
aggressively move them along,” he said.

“It may come down to us saying, ‘This is private property, and it’s
great that you’re holding the door open for someone but the fact that
you’re asking for money for it is soliciting on a private property.’
We ask them to move on or we’ll get a trespassing (charge) issued.”

. . .

“It’s perfectly easy to understand why these things evolve and how
comfortable they are on a winter’s day, but in fine weather you miss
the street hubbub and activity.”

This middle-class(?) fear of the streets comes out too in this month’s
Harper’s article about SUVs. Those road tanks keep not only
little cars at bay, but crime from leaking in. The issue at hand,
short-attention spanned reader, is the transformation of what was once
dirty, but open public-space into clean, but restrictive private-space. More private space equals more walls put up around those who are
acceptable to keep “the other” out. Pull up all those sci-fi visions of walled in cities for
the wealthy that keep out the dirty beggars and you’ve got a good idea of what these scared people want, “Keep those filthy people
from asking me for change: I just can’t take it!”

Aside from your city becoming a boring system of neon-lit commerce,
there’s the more important implication that access ways to (still)
public-spaces may soon become privatized. Under such a system, if you
want to go protest or even see a public event, you’d might need to travel
through private routes. The owners of those routes, invoking private
property, could bar undesirables from getting to the public-space:
your speech would be stamped out before you could open your mouth.

In short, when you’re in private-space there’s no law that says you’re
entitled to freedom: the owner of the space sets the rules, and those
rules may very well be that you’re not allowed to exist in that space.
If you fall into the wrong categories, the more private-space there
is, the less space you’ll have to live in.

Early Bluetooth Demo: Still Talkin’ Different:

Bluetooth is seriously hobbled by a lack of standardized code, which
means that devices of different brands often can’t
communicate with each other – a big flaw for a technology
hailed as the next step in computer interconnectivity. A new
standardized version of Bluetooth has been developed, but the
first gadgets using it won’t be ready until later this
spring, and there is no guarantee that existing Bluetooth
devices will be compatible with the new version.

. . .

“The demo version is only compatible with Ericsson, but the final version is a different story,” Anoto vice president Micco Groenholm assured.

In other popular news, we find out what all this whiz-bang is gonna
be used for: Bluetooh: the cure for Blue-ball!

The favorite male sites across the 12 countries involved cars, sports and pornography.

The Wal-Mart Future

Money comes from consumers. If you sell screws to Seagate
Technology, which sells hard disks to Dell Computer, which sells
Web servers to Amazon.com, everybody in that chain is getting
paid because Amazon sells books to consumers. Everything in
B-to-B markets–steel, software, whatever–is being sold
somewhere down the line to a company that sells to consumers.

. . .

Wal-Mart’s managers took the site down anyway, in the same
way they’d close a store for remodeling, because they know
that the easiest way to make a dollar is to avoid spending one,
and because they don’t care how people do it in Silicon Valley.
Running a B-to-C organization for the long haul means saving
money wherever you can. Indeed, making a commitment to
steadily lowering costs as well as prices is the only way to make
B-to-C (or B-to-B or E-to-E, for that matter) work.

From the Design Dept.: Nokia Sees Design As Key to Success

Nokia shot up to become the world’s largest cellphone maker, overtaking Motorola in 1998, in just a
few years as it put a lot of money and time into design when the others didn’t.

While rivals were still hiring engineers, the Finnish company was recruiting marketing experts,
sociologists and fashion specialists, targeting specific audiences with tailored phones.

. . .

“We have our power-key at the top of the phone so you don’t accidentally shut it off,” says Nuovo.
“This is something we studied and saw as a functional improvement.”

Neither did Nuovo like the antenna that stuck out of the phone as a sore thumb. It is now hidden
inside.

The company also pioneered ringing tones, text messaging and graphic picture messaging over mobile
phones.