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7:15 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Associated Press:
Report: EMI in talks with online retailers to possibly sell MP3s without copy protection  —  Music company EMI Group PLC — home of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay — has been talking with online retailers about possibly selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 format without copy protection …
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI May Sell Recordings Online With No Anti-Copying Software  —  The EMI Group, the British music giant, has been considering a plan to offer a broad swath of its recordings for sale online without anti-copying software, executives involved in discussions with the company said.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Report and Gadgetell
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
EMI reportedly contemplating DRM-free music
Discussion: TechSpot News
Forbes:
Will EMI Set Its Music Free?
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Zune Phone Confirmed!  Launch Scenario!  4G WiMax Action!  Rumors Off the WTF-o-Meter  —  We don't wanna say we told you so, but, ya know, we did.  On Monday, Microsoft filed a mystery application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet.
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft to submit wireless device for FCC testing  —  Prototype could be Zune's answer to rival iPod phone  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - A filing that Microsoft Corp. submitted Monday to the Federal Communications Commission suggests the technology giant will likely add phone service …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Gizmodo
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Powerset and Xerox PARC team up to beat Google
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo Taps Its Inner Startup  —  The yet-to-be-announced Brickhouse is designed to help the Internet giant keep up with cutting-edge startups and archrival Google  —  In Silicon Valley, being the big guy on campus isn't always a bonus.  Yahoo! has learned this the hard way.
Discussion: DealBook
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom moves on without YouTube  —  NEW YORK—Viacom may not miss YouTube as much as some people think.  —  Viacom representatives have been quietly telling industry insiders this week that they plan to aggressively promote their revamped ComedyCentral.com Web site.
Discussion: Techdirt, Valleywag and Kevin Maney
Meta:
An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China  —  I'm writing you the short letter on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both business and social perspectives.
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
iCrossing To Purchase U.K. Shop Spannerworks  —  SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING FIRM ICROSSING plans to acquire Spannerworks, a U.K.-based company, for around $18 million, OnlineMediaDaily has learned.  —  Spannerworks, a 10-year-old search engine marketing company based in Brighton, England …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Web, Now Just for You  —  New online tools offer personalized recommendations to help users find what they like—and help advertisers target their audience  —  Kevin Rose likes to talk about his taste for oolong tea.  But lately the founder of Digg, a popular bookmarking site …
Consumerist:
Warrant Issued For Verizon's Arrest  —  Just before Poodleman filed a motion to seize Verizon's property, he received a check from the company.  —  The refund is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga that began when Verizon double-billed Poodleman, ruined his credit, lied about not receiving his letters …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Techdirt and digg
RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World  —  Interviewing Cory Doctorow is easy.  You just flip the on switch by asking the first question, and he emits a constant stream of brilliant, insightful stuff.  Editing interviews with Doctorow is easy as well.  He generally speaks in coherent …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Valleywag
 
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