Friday, 20 February 2004

Hotmail and Yahoo are thinking about charging senders for email, allegedly to help fight spam. But "the user community is highly critical about the monetary approach. They see it as a trick by ISPs to open up a new revenue stream. Gates tried to allay this fear by talking about a system that would allow users to waive charges for friends and relatives." One of the possible methods is that "the email postage ... to go to the email recipient's internet provider." Other extracts from the ET article "Some experts expect the e-postage charges to rapidly escalate after starting out small." (BTW, ET and TOI seem to have the Shove-As-Many-Ads-Down-The-Reader's-Throat-and-also-Push-Up-The-Hits down to a science. That short article is spread out over four page views!)

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