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11:25 AM ET, April 2, 2007

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emigroup.com:
EMI Music launches DRM-free superior sound quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire  —  EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli today hosted a press conference at EMI's headquarters in London where he announced that EMI Music is launching DRM-free superior quality downloads across …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steve Jobs and EMI present "an exciting new digital offering" — live!  —  So what will it be: DRM-free music downloads, the Beatles on iTunes, both or something else entirely?  We'll see shortly as things are about to kickoff in London for EMI's and Apple's announcement of "an exciting new digital offering."
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI, Apple To Sell DRM-Free Music for $1.29/song  —  April 2, 2007: The day DRM died.  —  The surprise press conference in London today with today EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs just started a few minutes ago (1 pm London time).  As expected, the two companies are offering …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Orbitcast
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
EMI, Apple partner on DRM-free premium music  —  update EMI Group will soon sell digital music with better sound quality and no digital rights management restrictions through Apple's iTunes Store.  —  EMI's entire music catalog will be available in premium DRM-free form via iTunes in May …
Discussion: A VC and IPcentral Weblog
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Speculation Is in the Air Over EMI and Apple  —  Relations between Apple Inc. and the EMI Group, once at odds over the trademark rights to the Apple name, the record label of the Beatles, seem to be getting better all the time.  —  On Sunday, Steven P. Jobs, the Apple chief executive …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will DRM Die Today?  —  Update: This is now confirmed.  EMI is offering its entire digital music catalog via iTunes DRM-free.  Songs will be $1.29 each.  —  Will DRM die today?  In five hours we'll find out.  At 1 PM London time today EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs will hold a forty minute press conference.
Michael Gartenberg:
DRM Free Music from Apple and EMI Isn't Likely to Help Other Players  —  The big new from EMI and Apple wasn't the Beatles (as I pointed out yesterday) but rather the fact that Apple and EMI have announced that they will be selling music without digital rights management.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
EMI go DRM-free, but at a price
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:   EMI Drops DRM For New Premium Line-Up, Higher Price; Apple First
Eric Bangeman / Urs Technica:
EMI to announce DRM-free music plans tomorrow: report
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
EMI music on iTunes — now DRM free and higher quality
Discussion: WebProNews and I4U News
Skrentablog:
What do you do when your success ... sucks?  —  We took a hard look at ourselves at Topix last year.  We had built up a strong local audience on the site, but a lot of it was SEO, and while users were clearly getting some value out of our product, we hadn't made something that people really cared about.
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USA Today:
Topix.com homes in on citizen journalists
Discussion: Startup Meme
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topix Aims For Citizen Journalists
Discussion: Social Media Club
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Topix.com Does the Obvious Thing
Skrenta / Topix.net Weblog:   Reinventing Topix: Topix.Com(munity)
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:   TOPIX LETS THE COMMUNITY EDIT THE NEWS
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Topix Transforms Into Community Generated Local News Site
Discussion: Screenwerk
MG Siegler / Pronet Advertising:
Ballhype - Social Media Sports Done Right  —  In an effort to expand beyond their technology-centric core, last summer Digg launched a Sports category.  While it received some attention, it has largely been neglected by the community due to an understandable lack of interest.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BallHype Launches - Sports Fanatics Will Love This
Discussion: ben barren
louisgray.com:   Hype It Up: Ballhype Is Here to Change the Game
MarketWatch:
Google joins race to buy DoubleClick: report  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. has emerged with Microsoft Corp. as a contender to buy online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., according to a media report Monday.  —  The competition between Google (GOOG : , , ) and Microsoft …
Think Secret:
Leopard leaping in June  —  EXCLUSIVE Apple is currently planning to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in June, mostly likely at or around its Worldwide Developers Conference, reliable sources report.  —  The release will come at the tail end of spring, which ends June 21, enabling Apple to meet its original shipping estimate.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Warner's Digital Watchdog Widens War on Pirates  —  Hollywood studios spend millions every year trying to get people to watch their movies.  At Warner Brothers Entertainment, Darcy Antonellis is trying to get them to stop watching — illegally, that is.  —  Ms. Antonellis oversees …
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift and Slashdot
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Peer-to-Peer Downloaders Gorge on Songs  —  In 2006, the number of households with PCs that downloaded at least one song using free peer-to-peer software, like Limewire or BitTorrent, grew a modest 7.2 percent, reaching 14.9 million, according to figures released by the NPD Group, a market-research firm.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
USA Today:
Music games won't be solo gigs anymore  —  Guitar Hero was just the opening act.  MTV and the developers of that video game have a headliner in the works called Rock Band, which lets four music lovers gig together in person or online.  —  Expected in stores for the year-end holidays …
The Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Latest on security update for Microsoft Security Advisory 935423  —  Hello everyone, this is Christopher Budd.  —  We have some new information tonight on the status of the security update that we're working on that addresses the vulnerability in Windows Animated Cursor Handling.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to issue cursor flaw patch early
Discussion: Brandon Live!
Macworld UK:
MACWORLD MARKETPLACE  —  At Ciao you can read consumer reviews on computers and components for laptops, towers, PDAs and Compare prices of many more computer products.  —  Get 25 Free Music Downloads eMusic is the No. 1 Site for Independent Music.  Choose from 2 million songs.  Music for any MP3 player.
Discussion: MacUser and parislemon
 
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