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3:15 PM ET, September 2, 2006


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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
MySpace to sell music from nearly 3 million bands  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - MySpace, the wildly popular online teen hangout, said on Friday it will make its first move into the digital music business by selling songs from nearly 3 million unsigned bands.  —  MySpace is the latest company …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: MySpace to Sell Music From 3 Million Bands  —  In a direct challenge to Apple's iTunes, MySpace has announced its intention to sell songs from the 3 million unsigned bands on  Even more surprising: the songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Welcome to MySpace Records  —  MySpace is opening shop as an indie record store — make that 3 million indie record stores.  Using Snocap's backend, MySpace plans to give all the musical artists on its site the option to set up online storefronts on their profile pages and their fans' profile pages by the end of the year.
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
About a Chap  —  Once upon a time, there was a chap who liked computers, databases, and cool little widgets that can be displayed in a web browser.  He started writing about it, gave it yet-another-two-dot-zero-name that people could make fun of, and got a couple more chaps reading what he had to write about it.
ElisaC / Worker Bees Blog:
Conference organizers make my head explode
Discussion: Labnotes and HorsePigCow
Steve Rosenbush / Deal Flow:
Alcatel buys Nortel 3G unit  —  Alcatel is continuing its rollup of North American telecom equipment assets.  The French telecom equipment giant, which is in the process of buying U.S. telecom gear leader Lucent Technologies, said Thursday it will acquire the high-speed wireless equipment making assets …
Net browser promises private surf  —  A web browser that leaves no trace of a user's online surfing habits on their computer has been released.  —  Browzar, as it is known, automatically deletes all records of the pages a person has visited when it closes down.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited, digg and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Browzar Just An Adware Machine?
Discussion: and
Samlowry / Web3.0log:
New secure browser Browzar is fake and full of adware
Samsung's 4G  —  Fourth-generation wireless technology (4G) was in the news this week as Samsung demonstrated 100 Mbps while moving in a bus.  NTT DoCoMo, the giant Japanese-based telecommunications company and Korean-based Samsung are both testing 100 Mbit/s mobile technology.
Discussion: and Slashdot
Erin Biba / Wired News:
Netflix Presents … "Tell us we're brilliant," Mark Duplass says.  He and his brother Jay are standing in front of an audience that's just seen The Puffy Chair, a movie the brothers wrote, directed, produced, and starred in.  Their euphoria is understandable: The indie film they made has finally …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and TechSpot
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Wasabi  —  I think some people thought I was joking earlier today when I said that we have our own compiler, Wasabi, for FogBugz.  —  Yes, Wasabi is real.  Because FogBugz is sold to customers who run it on their own servers, it has to run on hundreds of thousands of web servers "in the wild …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Partystrands aims to be + Digg for the jukebox  —  Partystrands is a music service launching next month that will bring together aggregated recommendations, voting and photos synchronized on location by mobile phone.  Created by the Corvallis, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain based company MyStrands …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
Ina Fried / CNET
Hackers crack Apple, Microsoft music codes  —  In the continuation of a long-running arms race, both Apple Computer and Microsoft have seen their music protection technologies come under fire in recent days.  —  In the past month, separate programs have emerged to strip away the digital rights management …
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Still Feels Entitled To Scour Everyone's Hard Drives  —  from the a-neutral-expert-might-not-find-what- we-want dept  —  Ever since the RIAA started taking on file sharing, it's always acted as if it were entitled to all sorts of things it isn't: access to the names associated …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Office Depot to offer $99 PC with $99 shipping  —  The bargain season for back-to-school shopping begins next week, but read the fine print.  —  Office Depot will sell a Hewlett-Packard desktop PC complete with a CRT monitor and printer for $99.  The bundle, which typically sells for $429 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Trailfire: Building Vannevar's Memex  —  There are a plethora of bookmarking sites out there and only a few of them have become very successful - and Stumbleupon are two that spring to mind.  Trailfire is a bit different from your average bookmarking site, because they don't just allow …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
myTunes: the simplified iTunes DRM stripper for Windows  —  Earlier this week we told you about the first tool we've yet heard of that strips the FairPlay DRM from the iTunes Music Store v6 tracks you bought, called QTFairUse.  Unfortunately, because this tool was still very raw and in Python …
Mike / Techdirt:
Apple Settles Yet Another iTunes Interface Patent Suit  —  Hot on the heels of Apple's decision to settle with Creative over a patent on the basic interface for finding music on your iPod, Apple has also settled another patent claim concerning a patent for a computer-based system and user interface for media playing devices.
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