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Flash 05/03

Bye, bye floppies and analog, foods that are in--and out, and more

This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Say Goodbye:

So long, floppies, and farewell to analog

We predicted the floppy's demise ("A Floppy Finish," September 2001). Now Dell Computer Corp. has stopped putting floppy drives in its desktop computers. Experts predict every major vendor will follow suit in the next year . . . The FCC will phase out analog wireless service within five years. Although 85 percent of U.S. wireless subscribers now use digital cell phones, about 20.5 million people still use analog.

Family Matters:

Proving that the way to a mom's wallet is through her kid

Making life easier for parents: At The Little Leprechaun Academy day-care center in Mason, Ohio, parents picking up their kids can also pick up gourmet takeout meals such as burgundy beef stew or roasted ginger pork loin. They can also drop off their dry cleaning and fuel up on free Starbucks coffee . . . Making life harder for parents: Supermarkets are partnering with toy retailers to part parents from more dollars. Albertson's Jewel-Osco division recently announced it will launch in-store Toys "R" Us departments in some Chicago-area stores. Toys "R" Us already has a similar relationship with Ahold's Giant Food division, as does KoB Toys with Safeway.

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