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RealNetworks chief Rob Glaser signs on to Air America, and gets $13 million in new investments
CBS MarketWatch ^ | 12/8/04

Posted on 12/10/2004 5:57:47 PM PST by Cableguy

WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- Rob Glaser, the founder and chief executive officer of RealNetworks Inc., has been elected chairman of Air America Radio.

The liberal talk show network, heard on 40 stations, also announced it received $13 million in new investments. A spokeswoman said Glaser has been an investor in AAR and is one of the lead investors in this latest round of funding.

Air America also said it renewed contracts with Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, two show hosts. Franken, a comedian and author, said, "I have re-signed with Air America in order to spend less time with my family."

There was no announcement of Glaser's new role by RealNetworks . A company spokesman said his involvement was "personal." RealNetworks provides Webcasting services for Air America's audio streaming.

"Air America has created the hottest new brand on radio, offering some of the most dynamic personalities and programming found anywhere on the radio dial," Glaser said in a statement.

U.S. Supreme Court justices quizzing attorneys in Tuesday's hearing about wine shipments from out-of-state vineyards showed some sympathy for the winemakers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Its report of the arguments included the observation that most of the justices sounded surprisingly skeptical of the states' argument to prohibit shipping. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was quoted as saying New York's law against the practice seemed less about protecting minors than protecting "local farmers" from out-of-state competition, the paper wrote.

Henry Copeland, founder of an Internet company that sells advertising across hundreds of Weblogs, said business is good. BlogAds is placing ads on as many as 100 blogs a day, he told Business Week Online. Six months ago, he placed ads for only 10 companies on 20 blogs. "More money (will flow to) more (blog) authors as smart advertisers bypass publishers and pay authors directly for their audiences," Copeland told the news service. He said current advertisers include Sharp Electronics Corp. and the Walt Disney Co. .

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Another tidbit about America Online's plans to launch a free e-mail service next year was passed along Wednesday morning by the Washington Post. An article reported that the new service will give users e-mail addresses that end with "@aim.com" related to the company's AIM service (AOL Instant Messenger). There was no start date reported for the service.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: airamerica; realnetworks; robglaser

1 posted on 12/10/2004 5:57:48 PM PST by Cableguy
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To: Cableguy

I've deleted realplayer from my 'puter.


2 posted on 12/10/2004 5:58:58 PM PST by Drango (Those who advocate robbing (taxing) Peter to pay Paul...will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Cableguy

Didn't they use to be a hi-tech company or something?


3 posted on 12/10/2004 5:59:31 PM PST by SmithL (People who are willing to accept everything, don't believe in anything.)
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To: Cableguy

Hair Amerika is the worst excuse for talk radio I have ever heard.


4 posted on 12/10/2004 6:00:25 PM PST by rodguy911 ( President Reagan---all the rest.)
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To: Cableguy

I've always detested RealPlayer and refused to install it because of its built-in spyware.

Now I have a reason to detest it even more.


5 posted on 12/10/2004 6:00:46 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: Cableguy
"Air America has created the hottest new brand on radio, offering some of the most dynamic damned personalities and programming found anywhere on the radio dial," Glaser said in a statement.
6 posted on 12/10/2004 6:01:22 PM PST by Reuben Hick
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To: Cableguy

Should have known. RealPlayer is one of the most obnoxious programs ever. Registration screens, massively bloated, and comes pretty close to adware, IHMO. I'd almost prefer Windows Media Player to it.


7 posted on 12/10/2004 6:01:30 PM PST by Ex-Dem (AFL-CIO - Where organized labor becomes organized crime.)
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To: Cableguy
"I have re-signed with Air America in order to spend less time with my family."

Frankenmouth is so NOT funny.

8 posted on 12/10/2004 6:01:46 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: rodguy911

real has always sucked lol. If they arent complaining about Apple or Microsoft they are sucking it up with their outdated media player that blows. The only thing I use it for is to watch German TV live on my computer heh. I wish I didnt have to use it for that.


9 posted on 12/10/2004 6:01:52 PM PST by NYURepublican
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To: Ex-Dem

I had Real for a small while. I hated it. Windows is so much better.


10 posted on 12/10/2004 6:03:21 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Cableguy

A terrible deal for a terrible company with a terrible product.

RealNetwork and Herr Amerika sound made for each other.


11 posted on 12/10/2004 6:04:49 PM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Stupid grandma leaver-outers!"--Tom Servo)
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To: Angry Republican

I remember uninstalling a few times too. Then after a while, I'd need it to view some video clip that didn't support WMP, so I'd go and install it again. Needless to say, I was quickly reminded why I hated it so much...
I generally avoid Microsoft programs whenever possible, so it definitely says something when RealPlayer is actually worse than the Windows counterpart in my mind.
And this is going somewhat off topic, but speaking of annoying software companies, Adobe is near the top of my list. How they managed to load so much bloat into Adobe Reader 6 that it now loads 10x slower than the previous version is beyond me.


12 posted on 12/10/2004 6:09:34 PM PST by Ex-Dem (AFL-CIO - Where organized labor becomes organized crime.)
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To: Ex-Dem

I hate Adobe. Absolute pain.


13 posted on 12/10/2004 6:10:32 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Drango
I've deleted realplayer from my 'puter.

Why? What does it have to do with this article?

On another note, let AirAmerica play...What's the harm? We demand it it for ourselves...let them do the same.

Interseting times we live in, no?

FMCDH(BITS)

14 posted on 12/10/2004 6:13:54 PM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: nothingnew
Interseting times we live in, no?

Must be Frieday nite.

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 12/10/2004 6:17:34 PM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: nothingnew
I've deleted realplayer from my 'puter.

> Why? What does it have to do with this article?

Uhhhhhhhh Glaser makes millions from realplayer which ends up funding the left. Why shouldn't I vote with my wallet?

16 posted on 12/10/2004 6:19:17 PM PST by Drango (Those who advocate robbing (taxing) Peter to pay Paul...will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: NYURepublican

"The only thing I use it for is to watch German TV live on my computer heh. I wish I didnt have to use it for that."

You don't. :)

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm


17 posted on 12/10/2004 6:19:33 PM PST by Omedalus
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To: Drango

Good for you! We've known this about Real for a while now.

Windows Media Player rocks! In fact, I love all Microsoft products! The .Net Framework is simple awesome...


18 posted on 12/10/2004 6:22:48 PM PST by EarlyBird
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To: Ex-Dem

Try Adobe Reader Speedup to get things going. Seems to have done the trick for me.

http://www.tnk-bootblock.co.uk/getfile.php?id=arsu


19 posted on 12/10/2004 6:25:58 PM PST by KStorm (Rush's name for the MSM is precise: "The Liberal Spin Machine".)
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To: Cableguy

Senator Maria Cantwell in WA State was a Real Networks executive. She used millions of her own $$$ from Real for her campaign to unseat Senator Slade Gorton. She denied until after the election that she was using so much of her own money. It was probably not legal. She barely succeeded in winning the seat. There are those of us who think she got it through shall we say "creative" means, but Slade Gorton pulled a Nixon and conceded rather than drag the state through what Democrat Christine Gregoire is now doing for the Governorship.


20 posted on 12/10/2004 6:28:27 PM PST by SW6906
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To: nothingnew
I know what FMCDH means, what does the BITS mean?

I like BLOAT.

21 posted on 12/10/2004 6:30:16 PM PST by SW6906
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To: Prime Choice
Real Player, most prominently, is a small bastard with inferiority complex and delusions of grandeur, not too different from Napoleon.
22 posted on 12/10/2004 6:31:21 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: SW6906

Does this mean that they did not resign Ed Schultz?


23 posted on 12/10/2004 6:32:04 PM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: JazzX

Thanks for the tip, but at some point, I got so annoyed with how slow Adobe Reader was, that I googled how to speed it up. It really only involves removing or renaming the "plug_ins" folder and now it runs at least as fast as version 5. But the fact that they would have all of those plugins enabled by default and force the user to find ways to fix the issue still annoys me.


24 posted on 12/10/2004 6:36:39 PM PST by Ex-Dem (AFL-CIO - Where organized labor becomes organized crime.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
More on how Real Networks really sucks:

Real would resort to even more disgusting (and probably illegal) tricks. One page in the process would show the user some very legitimate choices above the "fold" (the bottom of the area of a web page that can be shown in a window without forcing the user to scroll). However, beneath the fold, Real had options for additional plug-ins with dubious value such as sound enhancers and web accelerators, that were selected BY DEFAULT. If a user did not scroll down (and the design cleverly did not signal to the user that they had any reason to do so) they would not see that there were choosing to purchase around $50 in additional software. Real told us that this page alone was responsible for driving their average order up by $25. They even told us that most people didn't even know they were buying the additional software. When we told them that we found these tactics user un-friendly, unsustainable, and bad for the brand, they agreed. But they also told us that they were "hooked on it like heroin!" and didn't want to change anything for fear of loosing revenue.

Real Proof


25 posted on 12/10/2004 6:37:02 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: Cableguy

guess I'll be using media player and quicktime more now


26 posted on 12/10/2004 6:38:04 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Cableguy

Somebody needs a tax write off.


27 posted on 12/10/2004 6:48:43 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Free the Fallujah one)
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To: finnman69

Get DivX - it plays most anything very well.


28 posted on 12/10/2004 6:50:21 PM PST by SW6906
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To: Cableguy

So when is Colin Powell going to join Air America?


29 posted on 12/10/2004 6:51:18 PM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: finnman69

Take a look at winamp too....


30 posted on 12/10/2004 6:51:53 PM PST by aspiring.hillbilly
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To: Drango

Good move. Friends don't let friends run RealPlayer; fundamentally it's spyware.

If you really must be able to play RealMedia streams, there is RealAlternative.

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm


31 posted on 12/10/2004 6:53:44 PM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: Cableguy

Figures. Only a bloated deluded liberal could design and market an overtly annoying product like Real Player.


32 posted on 12/10/2004 6:55:37 PM PST by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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To: Drango

Yeah, mine's gone now too...

>>>

However, that fat-pig-headed-stinkoid had a good one-liner...

<<<

...
Franken, a comedian and author, said, "I have re-signed with Air America in order to spend less time with my family."
...

LOL!

I'd love to have a legal, sanctioned cage-match against alfranken...


33 posted on 12/10/2004 6:58:07 PM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: Cableguy

Hardly surprising. RealPlayer is teh suxxors - full of spyware and ads.


34 posted on 12/10/2004 7:07:21 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Megatons Make It Fun!")
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To: rodguy911
Hair Amerika is the worst excuse for talk radio I have ever heard.

Lucky me. I've never heard it, being in central Indiana.

35 posted on 12/10/2004 7:08:37 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Megatons Make It Fun!")
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To: Drango
Thanks...I didn't know. I use WMP anyways, for a lot of reasons.

FMCDH(BITS)

36 posted on 12/10/2004 7:13:10 PM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: Prime Choice; Ex-Dem; NYURepublican; Angry Republican; FierceDraka

Pinging since you've indicated distaste (or worse) for RealPlayer.

See the replied-to post about RealAlternative. I've used it, it works for me. FYI. I haven't put RealPlayer on any of my systems for years.

I really wish people wouldn't use RealMedia streams, but sometimes, I want to see something that's only in that format.


37 posted on 12/10/2004 7:36:41 PM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: Cableguy

Just uninstalled RealPlayer and related software. Fortunately now the streaming sites that I frequent give me a choice of players. I don't know any now that only use RealPlayer.


38 posted on 12/10/2004 7:38:35 PM PST by jimfree (Republicans for Choice of media player)
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To: Drango
I've deleted realplayer from my 'puter.

Me, too, long ago. Didn't like the other crap (including spyware) that RP added to my hard drive. The fact that Maria Cantvotewell made XX millions in a few years from this company with no real management experience or business contribution added to my bias of the organization. Glaser was her primary mentor and political supporter.

39 posted on 12/11/2004 7:56:11 AM PST by vox_freedom (Fear no evil)
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