The list of indignities we suffer online every day is significant. Our bank hits us up for a high-yield checking account ... while we're in our high-yield checking account. We have to navigate four levels deep at our favorite sites to get to what we want, every single day. Even when a site should know you, the experience is one size fits all, and frankly, dumb. The Web doesn't know you at all.
While most of us have been busy rebuilding our music collection yet again--at 99 cents a download--RealNetworks has been putting together the building blocks of the next revolution in music. Its Rhapsody subscription service offers unlimited access to a library of more than 4.5 million tracks for $13 to $15 a month. "There should never be a day when you don't have your music wherever you are," says Michael Bloom, Rhapsody's general manager.
The streak is still going strong. In 2007, for the fifteenth consecutive year, IBM racked up more U.S. patents than any other company on the planet--3,125 in all. That's a whopping 60 patents per week. Sure, they're a prolific bunch, but also incredibly diverse. After all, the computing and consulting giant has customers in every imaginable industry.