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January 22 2010

CobWEBs Daily Edition: It’s gonna be a tough year for free

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Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I discuss how “free” may have a rough year in 2010.  Oracle bought Sun, which could mean bad things MySQL, an open source database system that powers all WordPress blogs along with many other Web applications.  Also, Hulu is going to start charging, and while Steven and I have different readings on how this will work, both ways seem iffy to us. (links by Steven)

At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’ – LA Times
Sun CEO: Go Oracle! [Internal Memo] – All Things D

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