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BUG-BYTE #001
Intel Corporation
New York City FSO
11 Penn Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Diversification of Products = Diversification of Species!
The evolutionary success of Intel hardware endures in 80% of the world's processors. Originally moth dwellings like chipsets, processors & motherboards, Intel's promiscuous hardware now turns up in optical ethernet and WiFi networks, consumable by termites and attractive to flies, respectively.
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BUG-BYTE #002a
Apple Computer Inc
153 East 53rd Street 29 Floor
New York, NY 10022
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Diversification of Products = Diversification of Species!
With a taste for proprietary hardware (luxury housing for moths who inhabit computers), this rare moth species thrives in Apple Computer's ecosystem. With "Airport" WiFi accessories, Apple's market niche broadens its biological niche to include microwave-loving flies, while its iPod media player introduces fashion-compatible and cockroach-inhabitable TV content through license agreements with ABC and NBC.
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BUG-BYTE #002b
Apple Computer Store
103 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Diversification of Products = Diversification of Species!
With a taste for proprietary hardware (luxury housing for moths who inhabit computers), this rare moth species thrives in Apple Computer's ecosystem. With "Airport" WiFi accessories, Apple's market niche broadens its biological niche to include microwave-loving flies, while its iPod media player introduces fashion-compatible and cockroach-inhabitable TV content through license agreements with ABC and NBC.
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BUG-BYTE #002c
Apple Computer Store
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Diversification of Products = Diversification of Species!
With a taste for proprietary hardware (luxury housing for moths who inhabit computers), this rare moth species thrives in Apple Computer's ecosystem. With "Airport" WiFi accessories, Apple's market niche broadens its biological niche to include microwave-loving flies, while its iPod media player introduces fashion-compatible and cockroach-inhabitable TV content through license agreements with ABC and NBC.
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BUG-BYTE #003
IBM Corporation
Corporate Community Relations and Public Affairs
590 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION:
IBM Corporation has been developing and manufacturing hardware components since 1888 and is the global leader in hardware and computer services. Big Blue's hardware supplies an ideal habitat for moths who nest inside computers, like the "First Computer Bug" discovered in 1945.
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BUG-BYTE #004
Cisco Systems, Inc
1 Penn Plaza, 5th Floor, Suite 510
New York, NY 10119
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology => Polymorphic Biology!
As a hardware company, Cisco Systems makes routers and switches provide fine homes for moths, the "original" computer bugs. By specializing in networking hardware, Cisco's product line also intersects with environmental conditions preferred by termites who feed on cable optic networks and flies who gravitate to WiFi. Cisco's $6.9 billion acquisition of Scientific-Atlantic, leading cable set-top box provider, heralds a new evolutionary epoch with On-Demand cable TV, a technology hospitable to cockroaches. As Cisco integrates its products, these insects have an opportunity to integrate their genomes too!
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BUG-BYTE #005
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
4 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology!
ubsidiary of regulated power monopolist, Consolidated Edison, Con Edison of New York dominates NY's utilities landscape, making it difficult for alternative energy networks to survive. However, with 20% growth in the past decade, their vast networks of over 124,000 miles of power lines and 4,300 miles of gas mains along with electrical transformers, cables & wires are hospitable food sources for termites and fire ants. To adapt to Con Ed's impact on the urban landscape, this mutant specimen combines attributes of both.
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BUG-BYTE #006
Comcast Cable
National Sales Office
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Techno-Ubiquity = Genetic Promiscuity!
Termite feeding in Comcast's sprawling cable networks are evolving the cockroach propensity for living in TVs. TV sets are a common bi-product of Comcast's 21 million subscriber cable network and its subsidiary TV content providers. With new telecom offerings, a key dietary incentive for fire ants, Comcast further exacerbates the potential for mutation, by creating a network ecology that brings these 3 species into intimate contact.
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BUG-BYTE #007a
Verizon Communications, Inc
140 West Street
New York, NY 10007
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
This redundantly-headed specimen results from the merger of telecom giants Verizon and MCI. Melding copper wire networks vulnerable to fire ants has resulted in an evolutionary duplication of the fire ant. The new species is further adapting to changes in the big business environment by incorporating both behaviors and body parts from underground cable-eating termites.
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BUG-BYTE #007b
Verizon New York, Inc
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
This redundantly-headed specimen results from the merger of telecom giants Verizon and MCI. Melding copper wire networks vulnerable to fire ants has resulted in an evolutionary duplication of the fire ant. The new species is further adapting to changes in the big business environment by incorporating both behaviors and body parts from underground cable-eating termites.
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BUG-BYTE #008
AT&T, Inc
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
SBC's acquisition of AT&T consolidates two telecom networks, doubling the potential for engorging hungry fire ants. The resulting inbred crossbreed is sprouting fly wings in an attempt to avail itself of boosted WiFi signal strength through Cingular Wireless, its wireless joint venture with BellSouth (also slated for autophagous acquisition). Meanwhile, expanded satellite TV service is inciting inter-species contact with cockroaches that eat TV sets.
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BUG-BYTE #009a
Sprint Nextel Corporation
59 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Combining 3rd- and 5th-ranked US wireless carriers, Sprint Nextel is now the leading non-Bell local provider among US telecoms. Its 2-fold wireline infrastructure makes 2 times the snacks for fire ants but this breed is already looking heavenward. With a re-directed corporate focus on wireless broadband, the species is evolving fly characteristics. For the time being, 250,000 cable subscribers provide fodder for its latent termite traits, particularly evident in the striking resemblance to its kissing cousins, the termites of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications, all cable partners in the Sprint Nextel "Quadruple Play" service bundle. These corporate crossovers lay the ground for crossbreeds that can mutate as fast as telecoms.
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BUG-BYTE #009b
Sprint Nextel Corporation
380 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Combining 3rd- and 5th-ranked US wireless carriers, Sprint Nextel is now the leading non-Bell local provider among US telecoms. Its 2-fold wireline infrastructure makes 2 times the snacks for fire ants but this breed is already looking heavenward. With a re-directed corporate focus on wireless broadband, the species is evolving fly characteristics. For the time being, 250,000 cable subscribers provide fodder for its latent termite traits, particularly evident in the striking resemblance to its kissing cousins, the termites of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications, all cable partners in the Sprint Nextel "Quadruple Play" service bundle. These corporate crossovers lay the ground for crossbreeds that can mutate as fast as telecoms.
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BUG-BYTE #010a
Covad Communications Group, Inc
140 West Street
New York, NY 10007
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Ubiquitous Computing = Promiscuous Interbreeding!
Covad is a broadband middleman, providing DSL and T-1 broadband service to ISP resellers by leasing underground cable and copper wire from local phone companies. Termites thrive in Covad's economic terrain by eating through insulated underground cables. By crossbreeding with fire ants, who feast on copper wires, Covad's mutant termites are evolving to eat the middle out of the broadband landscape.
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BUG-BYTE #010b
Covad Communications Group, Inc
111 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Ubiquitous Computing = Promiscuous Interbreeding!
Covad is a broadband middleman, providing DSL and T-1 broadband service to ISP resellers by leasing underground cable and copper wire from local phone companies. Termites thrive in Covad's economic terrain by eating through insulated underground cables. By crossbreeding with fire ants, who feast on copper wires, Covad's mutant termites are evolving to eat the middle out of the broadband landscape.
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BUG-BYTE #011a
Time Warner, Inc
1 Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Cockroaches who nest in TV sets have long appreciated Time Warner's efforts to keep their breeding grounds in supply. In addition to roaches, Time Warner spawned Time Warner Cable which has an infrastructure serving untold numbers of termites who feed on underground cables along with its 11 million human customers. With an early 2000s merger with AOL came a stake in dial-up Internet infrastructure, the copper wiring which fire ants love to devour. With such diversified interests, Time Warner Inc. and its subsidiaries provide ecological/economical conditions for breeding a new robust species capable of eating it all!
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BUG-BYTE #011b
Time Warner, Inc
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Cockroaches who nest in TV sets have long appreciated Time Warner's efforts to keep their breeding grounds in supply. In addition to roaches, Time Warner spawned Time Warner Cable which has an infrastructure serving untold numbers of termites who feed on underground cables along with its 11 million human customers. With an early 2000s merger with AOL came a stake in dial-up Internet infrastructure, the copper wiring which fire ants love to devour. With such diversified interests, Time Warner Inc. and its subsidiaries provide ecological/economical conditions for breeding a new robust species capable of eating it all!
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BUG-BYTE #012
CNN (Cable News Network)
1 Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology!
FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology! CNN, a Time Warner network, provides a crucial link in the BUG-BYTES food chain: consumable TV content that encourages humans to purchase TV sets, which are in turn consumable by cockroaches. In addition to roaches, Time Warner spawned Time Warner Cable which has an infrastructure serving untold numbers of termites who feed on underground cables along with its 11 million human customers. With an early 2000s merger with AOL came a stake in dial-up Internet infrastructure, the copper wiring which fire ants love to devour. With such diversified interests, Time Warner Inc. and its subsidiaries provide ecological/economical conditions for breeding a new robust species capable of eating it all!
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BUG-BYTE #013
HBO (Home Box Office)
1100 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology!
HBO, a Time Warner network, provides a crucial link in the BUG-BYTES food chain: consumable TV content that encourages humans to purchase TV sets, which are in turn consumable by cockroaches. In addition to roaches, Time Warner spawned Time Warner Cable which has an infrastructure serving untold numbers of termites who feed on underground cables along with its 11 million human customers. With an early 2000s merger with AOL came a stake in dial-up Internet infrastructure, the copper wiring which fire ants love to devour. With such diversified interests, Time Warner Inc. and its subsidiaries provide ecological/economical conditions for breeding a new robust species capable of eating it all!
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BUG-BYTE #014
Time Warner New York City Cable
1 Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology!
Spawned by media behemoth Time Warner Inc., Time Warner Cable is the second largest cable provider in the US. Along with 11 million human customers, its infrastructure serves untold numbers of termites who feed on underground cables. Time Warner Cable accelerates the BUG-BYTES food chain: it's content distribution network greases the wheels to get consumable TV content to humans, who purchase TV sets, which are in turn consumable by cockroaches. With an early 2000s merger with AOL came a stake in dial-up Internet infrastructure, the copper wiring which fire ants love to devour. Joined at the hip with Sprint Nextel in the Quadruple Play service bundle including fly-friendly wireless, Time Warner Cable also has high hopes for mobile TV. With such diversified interests, Time Warner Inc. and its subsidiaries provide ecological/economical conditions for breeding a new robust species capable of eating it all!
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BUG-BYTE #015
NBC Universal, Inc
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Fledgling media conglomerate NBC Universal hatched in 2004 from the loins of NBC, a General Electric subsidiary, and Vivendi Universal. While it also operates theme parks and produces movies, TV remains central to the company's focus a happy fact for cockroaches who inhabit and consume TV sets. NBC Universal, Inc. owns the NBC Television Network (#4 in the US) which includes Telemundo (#2 Spanish-language) as well as NBC Universal Cable which in turn boasts numerous cable TV networks. The latter's dependence on underground cable wiring ensures that NBC Universal Inc. will also invest in keeping termites well-fed for the foreseeable future. Specimen #015 is adapting to fill whatever niche NBC's conglomerate ventures provide.
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BUG-BYTE #016a
CBS Corporation
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Cleaved from Viacom in 2005, CBS Corporation owns the broadcasting TV networks CBS and UPN, the latter of which will merge with the WB of Time Warner, Inc. to create the CW, a new broadcast network. CBS Corporation is also in bed with telecom giant Verizon for a Video On Demand partnership. Amidst this corporate coupling, decoupling, and recoupling, new genetic amalgamations are brewing: interspecies mutants that adapt to a new landscape that is not the exclusive terrain of TV-eating cockroaches, nor of cable-eating termites, nor of phoneline-eating fire ants.
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BUG-BYTE #016b
CBS Consumer Products
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Cleaved from Viacom in 2005, CBS Corporation owns the broadcasting TV networks CBS and UPN, the latter of which will merge with the WB of Time Warner, Inc. to create the CW, a new broadcast network. CBS Corporation is also in bed with telecom giant Verizon for a Video On Demand partnership. Amidst this corporate coupling, decoupling, and recoupling, new genetic amalgamations are brewing: interspecies mutants that adapt to a new landscape that is not the exclusive terrain of TV-eating cockroaches, nor of cable-eating termites, nor of phon line-eating fire ants.
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BUG-BYTE #016c
CSTV (CBS Sportsline)
85 10th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Cleaved from Viacom in 2005, CBS Corporation owns the broadcasting TV networks CBS and UPN, the latter of which will merge with the WB of Time Warner, Inc. to create the CW, a new broadcast network. CBS Corporation is also in bed with telecom giant Verizon for a Video On Demand partnership. Amidst this corporate coupling, decoupling, and recoupling, new genetic amalgamations are brewing: interspecies mutants that adapt to a new landscape that is not the exclusive terrain of TV-eating cockroaches, nor of cable-eating termites, nor of phone line-eating fire ants.
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BUG-BYTE #017
Showtime Networks, Inc
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Corporate Mergers --> Genetic Conglomerates!
Showtime Networks, which includes several subscription cable TV channels, was started in 1976 by CBS, then known as Viacom. Cleaved from Viacom in 2005, Showtime's parent CBS Corporation also owns the broadcasting TV networks CBS and UPN, the latter of which will merge with the WB of Time Warner, Inc. to create the CW, a new broadcast network. CBS Corporation is also in bed with telecom giant Verizon for a Video On Demand partnership. Amidst this corporate coupling, decoupling, and recoupling, new genetic amalgamations are brewing: interspecies mutants that adapt to a new landscape that is not the exclusive terrain of TV-eating cockroaches, nor of cable-eating termites, nor of phone line-eating fire ants.
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BUG-BYTE #018
Fox Entertainment Group, Inc
1211 Avenue of the Americas, #302
New York, NY 10036
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION:
Owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, Fox Entertainment Group both produces and distributes movies and TV shows, the latter through its Fox Broadcasting Company, which owns numerous stations. Complementing this high investment in TV, Fox also owns 34% of The DirecTV Group, the US's largest Direct Broadcast Satellite system and plans to launch My Network TV to fill the void left by UPN and WB's merger, the CW. Fox's growth means domestic security for cockroaches who live in TV sets, attracted to the heat they output.
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BUG-BYTE #019
ABC Inc
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION:
A child of #2 media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, ABC owns 10 TV stations with 225 affiliates, as well as the Touchstone Television production company and stakes in cable channels via Disney ABC Cable. With such assets, ABC is a generous host for cockroaches who thrive by eating and living in TV sets. Cockroaches will be delighted to know that, if ABC has its way, TV will be everywhere. ABC has partnered with Apple Computer to distribute popular shows on the iPod, and has a mobile division operated by Proteus.
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BUG-BYTE #020
TiVo Inc,
150 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
INDICATORS FOR INDUSTRIO-GENETIC MUTATION: Integrated Technology --> Polymorphic Biology!
For over 3 million TV viewers, TiVo's digital video recorder (DVR) is a hardware revolution that allows 140 hours of TV to be recorded for subsequent viewing at anytime. For cockroaches that live in TV sets, it's an opportunity to interbreed with moths, the supposed "first computer bugs" who nest in digital hardware devices.

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