Only a matter of time, heard hints of this 6 months ago. But understandable, why waste their bandwith on people who don't pay? If the service is free, site owner pays for access to a huge market. Why is said site owner paying for his/her own content? They aren't...they are paying for the market and the compressional fast format. Wonder why they even offered custom channels in the first place? Seems more and more tho, that the expense charged is not paying off for AvantGo customers. When ABC News offed AvantGo knew only a matter of time. The biggies have been abandoning the AvantGo ship for quite awhile now And their middleware pricing is literally crazy.
But a place for both AvantGo and Mazingo. But AvantGo seems to be following a dot.com biz model. If they tank, someone can pick it up for pennies on the dollar. Lawsuits? Well that would backfire as it would just make more people AWARE of an option and make more people aware of the market, and more would rush to fill things. The market is never realized by legal fiat. You think Netscape is gonna sue itself back to market share? Dobeserious.
Mazingo is great, but since it is pull, way way slower, thankfully mutil-threading tho. AvantGo still pulls in channels in about half the time. Mazingo is great per broadband, but dial-up still a royal pain. Site owners love it, but site users, well...divided.
That having been said, I still use Mazingo 15x more than Avantgo...
Tho that 'force the icon' on my Start Menu deal has to go.