Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:48 UTC, submitted by Kroc
In the News "The failure of Minitel was not one of technology, [...] It was the whole model that was doomed. Basically to set up a service on Minitel, you had to ask permission from France Telecom. You had to go to the old guys who ran the system, and who knew absolutely nothing about innovation. It meant that nothing new could ever happen. Basically, Minitel innovated from 1978 to 1982, and then it stopped." This is what the World Wide Web could one-day look like. Dearth of innovation for the want of permission.
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by phoudoin on Thu 28th Jun 2012 14:37 UTC
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Regarding the final forecast, people in France dubbed this doomed Internet "Minitel 2.0".

The Minitel network is closing June, 30th.

These days, one of the most aggressive competitor of France Telecom historic operator (now under the Orange brand) was once a (very profitable) sex-chat Minitel service. Running with France Telecom permission and (commissioned) bless.

How ironic.

Edited 2012-06-28 14:40 UTC

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