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8:45 AM ET, February 7, 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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John Markoff / New York Times:
Jobs Calls for End to Music Copy Protection  —  Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, jolted the record industry on Tuesday by calling on its largest companies to allow online music sales unfettered by antipiracy software.  —  The move is a gamble for Apple.
Discussion: Blackfriars' Marketing and Furdlog
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Will Steve Jobs drop iTunes DRM in a heartbeat?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple's Jobs calls for DRM-free world
Nick / Rough Type:   Jobs calls for end to DRM
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Jobs: world's best linkbaiter
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   The Marketing Genius of Steve Jobs
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Steve Jobs Asks Record Labels To Abolish DRM
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Steve Jobs back from the Dark Side!
Discussion: Telegraph
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Jobs blames record labels for iTunes - iPod lock-in
Gizmodo:
Breaking: Tivo Boxes to Download Amazon Unboxed Videos  —  Amazon and TiVo just made me wet my pants with what could be a killer app in the digital video distribution arms race: TiVo Series 3 and 2 set top boxes will be living room conduits for content from Amazon's Unbox video download service.
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Associated Press:
TiVo, Amazon offer video downloads that can be viewed on TV sets  —  SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. and TiVo Inc. have jumped into the digital download wars — with a twist: The new partners will beam movies and TV shows directly to their customers' living rooms.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Amazon, TiVo Pair Up For PC-To-DVR Downloads
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Amazon Unbox, Now Playing on TiVo
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.  —  Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted …
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 …
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Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
CardSpace / OpenID Collaboration Announcement
Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment Acquires Putfile.com and Increases Audience to More Than 13.7 Million Unique Visitors and 83 Million Page Views  —  The $7.1 Million Acquisition of Putfile.com Transforms HandHeld Entertainment's Network of User-Generated Web Sites into a Significant Worldwide Online Video Network
Discussion: NewTeeVee and alarm:clock
Deborah Yao / Business Week:
Comcast, Facebook to launch video series  —  Comcast Corp. and Facebook.com are joining forces to create a television series from user-generated videos that will appear online and through video on demand.  —  Called "Facebook Diaries," the series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes produced …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post Co's Mark Whitaker Says "Video is the Next Great Frontier" in Journalism — Beet.TV Goes To MIT Tomorrow: Chillin' by the Charles with Henry Jenkins.......  Mark Whitaker is one of our most celebrated journalists.  Having lead Newsweek as its award-winning editor in chief for eight years …
Discussion: John Furrier and 901am
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MySpace's Deal With Google Hits a Bump, With eBay In The Middle: WSJ  —  Some of this was hinted after it became clear Google would be buying YouTube, and News Corp was passed over in the YouTube "auction" process.  Now MySpace's interest in striking a separate deal with eBay is holding …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
6 Startup Lessons For The Year 2007  —  By guest author Jawad Shuaib, the founder of Shuzak.com: The social network for geeks.  —  Startups have been multiplying like rabbits over the past three years.  Due to the added competition, many startups are beginning to narrow their focus to a much smaller demographic.
Valleywag:
25 things to see at the Googleplex before you die  —  Google's sprawling, cheerfully dystopian campus at Mountain View may intimidate the first-time visitor.  But there's no need to fear.  The easy rule of thumb dictates that the most concentrated power centers gravitate toward the middle …
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
CRM Roundup  —  Here is the fourth edition of our Weekly Office 2.0 Roundup.  Today, we will review 9 CRM applications, from Free CRM to Zoho CRM.  We will identify some unique features that might help your own selection process—if you're not already set, and you will get a chance to cast your vote for the best CRM application.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Accel hires Richard Wong, mobile software expert
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