I don't know if anyone is still interested in free web-based email accounts any longer, but I just activated my 2GB aim.com account, as offered through AOL instant messenger.
The interface is not as nice as Gmail in my opinion. Still, it looks like something that can have a place. I'm hoping that mail notification is built in to AIM so that I don't have to run another helper application.
It's really strange, because I get much better service from AOL now with their free items than I ever did when I was an AOL subscriber.
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
The biggest announcement for me, as someone who hasn't upgraded to Leopard yet, was the Mac Box Set (store.apple.com). It's a bundle containing Leopard, iLife '09 and iWork '09 for $169. Hopefully the education discount will be applicable.