paidContent turns 10: A brief history of digital media

Remember when Friendster was the hot social network, publishers doubted that ebooks would ever sell, and Netflix (s NFLX) thought DVDs in red envelopes was the future? We do — that was that state of digital media when paidContent launched in 2002.

Windows Phone 7 Lands Next Week: What You Need To Know

Microsoft announced a press event next week to launch Windows Phone 7, the highly anticipated platform to help Microsoft regain prominence in the smartphone market. Here’s a run-down on what you can expect from the new devices, who will carry them and what they can do.

Why the World Doesn’t Need A Zune Marketplace

Microsoft announced plans to expand its Zune marketplace overseas and giving users three-screen access to content that they buy on their PCs, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 mobile devices. But the Zune marketplace is doomed to fail because users don’t want another siloed digital storefront.

Zune Phone at MWC?

Those who follow the smartphone world have longed for a Zune phone. The new Zunes have an interface and hardware that is perfect for a smartphone, but Microsoft has previously said “no way.” That may be changing if this rumor holds up.