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10:10 PM ET, February 6, 2007

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Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success of Apple's iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to "open" the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Steve Jobs Asks Record Labels To Abolish DRM  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has posted his Thoughts on Music in the 'Hot News' section of the Apple website.  He starts off by explaining the background to Apple's DRM on iTunes: … Fair enough, Apple had to play by the rules of 'the big 4' record labels.
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Apple warns iPod users against Vista  —  IPods could be damaged by Microsoft's new computer operating system, the company behind the popular digital music players has warned.  —  Apple, the long-standing rival of Bill Gates's Microsoft, is urging users not to upgrade their PCs …
Nick / Rough Type:
Jobs calls for end to DRM  —  A while back I argued that the big record companies would be much better served by allowing the sale of downloadable songs without copy protection (ie, digital rights management, or DRM).  Because DRM has little or no effect on piracy, the only one benefiting …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
A letter from Steve Jobs on DRM: let's get rid of it  —  iTunes, as we well know, is the world's largest online music distribution system; the iPod, of course, is the best selling line of portable audio players; and the pair are at the center of a very heated conversation …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple's Jobs calls for DRM-free world  —  In a rare open letter from CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday, Apple has urged record companies to abandon digital rights management technologies.  —  The letter, posted on Apple's Web site and titled "Thoughts on Music," is a long examination of Apple's iTunes …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Steve Jobs back from the Dark Side!
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
This Just In: Steve Jobs To Music DRM: Drop Dead
Carlo / Techdirt:   Steve Jobs Says Record Labels Should Ditch Their DRM
Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
CardSpace / OpenID Collaboration Announcement  —  Microsoft to Work With the OpenID Community, Collaborating With JanRain, Sxip, and VeriSign  —  Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2007  —  As an outcome of the discussions that have been taking place here in the Blogosphere - and in-person meetings …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Outlines Vision to Enable Secure and Easy Anywhere Access for People and Organizations  —  Company announces new alliances and product initiatives to help evolve networks, protection and identity and achieve anywhere access.  —  Top executives from Microsoft Corp. today outlined …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Wal-Mart, The Grand Delusion, Part II  —  Back in the 1990s, you knew things were getting a tad frothy when you found companies with essentially no expertise in a "hot business" expanding into businesses they had little or no clue about.  A good case in point: Enron and its broadband push.
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart and Studios in Film Deal
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Metacafe gets a new CEO  —  Scoop  —  Metacafe, the online video startup that was rumored to be close to an acquisition deal for $200 million or so last December, is getting a new CEO.  Co-founder Arik Czerniak tells us that he is stepping down as CEO and will remain at the company focusing on products and strategy.
VoIP News:
Hacking Skype: 25 Tips to Improve Your Skype Experience  —  How versatile is your Skype?  Ours can podcast, translate French, take conference calls from 15 people, and tutor calculus.  —  HACKING SKYPE: 25 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKYPE EXPERIENCE  —  How versatile is your Skype?
Jason Cross / ExtremeTech:
Will Vista Run Your Games: The Final Word  —  It seems as though we have been writing about Windows Vista in the future tense forever.  Nobody will deny that Microsoft has taken an unusually long time to build its latest OS and that some features had to be cut along the way.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google to charge businesses for Google Apps  —  Google plans to start charging soon for use of its set of web applications, Google Apps for Your Domain.  The set of apps includes Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Page Creator, a start page, and will eventually add in the word processing and spreadsheet apps from Google Docs.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Is this the newspaper of the future?  —  Last month I wrote about flexible display company Plastic Logic, who plan to have a factory up-and-running to produce electronic readers by 2008.  Yesterday, Polymer Vision announced the Readius, an electronic reader with a rollable screen that folds to the size of a mobile phone.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Accel hires Richard Wong, mobile software expert  —  Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners has hired mobile software expert Richard Wong as a partner, the latest sign of where investors think the action will be.  —  Wong spent six years at OpenWave, which developed early mobile browsers …
Emily Nussbaum / New York Magazine:
Say Everything  —  As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll.  The future belongs to the uninhibited.  —  Find Kitty Ostapowicz on Livejournal, MySpace.com.  —  Y
Amy Roe / Seattle Times:
A Kirkland cafe with no prices  —  With its blood-red walls and black leather sofas, Kirkland's Terra Bite Lounge looks like any other coffee shop — until you get to the menu.  There are no prices listed.  Terra Bite doesn't have them.  —  You read that right: No prices.
 
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