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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

August 16, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Snakes on a phone

OK, that previous entry made my brain hurt, and it probably made yours hurt, too. So here’s some fluff to lighten up your day.

Seattle-based Mixxer, which provides ringtones and other mobile phone content over the Web, said Tuesday that it is offering free content based on the movie “Snakes on the Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. The movie comes out on Friday.

Now be careful, it’s not all free, and you will have to sign up for a Mixxer account — which is probably why it is doing it — but if you are interested you can see what’s being given away here.

I guess I missed it, but supposedly this movie has created quite a buzz on the Internet. People were encouraged to write songs about it based on the promise that one of them would make it on to the soundtrack.

To catch-up on the phenomenon, I turned to MySpace to fill me in. Unfortunately, I didn’t come across much, but I did get redirected to the official “Snakes on the Plane” site, where you can copy and paste your MySpace URL into a box, and get an “exclusive ‘Snakes on the Plane” look on your MySpace page.” I’m thinking that would be a glorified wallpaper thing, so I passed. You can also have Samuel L. Jackson call you with a pre-recorded message. Ooooh….I passed again.

The interesting thing is that Mixxer is backed by the same venture capitalists as MySpace was before News Corp. bought the company. Here’s a little background on Mixxer from a story I wrote in June.

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