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Reuters: Tracking Sounds on the Four-Lane with Phatbox

Jun 02, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Bond)

"PhatBox is from the company PhatNoise Inc., founded nearly three years ago by those students, Dan Benyamin and Dannie Lau. Audi and Volkswagen dealers began selling the PhatBox this month for $795.

"'MP3s were underground, and being engineering students, we were into it,' said Benyamin, the company's chief technology officer. He and Lau raised an undisclosed amount of money from some prominent venture capitalists and hired as its chief executive Sharon Grazes, a veteran of Goldman Sachs.

"The Linux-based PhatBox is the size of a CD changer and fits in a trunk cubbyhole. Unlike competing systems--like your average hand-held MP3 player that may be hooked into a car stereo through adapters--the PhatBox operates far more elegantly through a vehicle's existing audio system..."

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