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2:40 AM ET, April 2, 2007

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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Apple/EMI in deal, but Beatles not included: source  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc. and music label EMI Group plan to announce "an exciting new digital offering," EMI said on Sunday, renewing speculation of a deal to put the Beatles music catalog online.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Why Jobs is going to London: EMI is ditching DRM  —  Sorry Beatles fans, tomorrow may still not be your day — but to everyone else we've got good news.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that option number two explaining Stevie J.'s visit to London tomorrow for EMI's quickly ballyhooed presentation …
Discussion: PC World: Techlog and Mashable!
Eric Bangeman / Urs Technica:
EMI to announce DRM-free music plans tomorrow: report  —  EMI will announce on Monday that it will be freeing much of its catalog from the shackles of DRM.  The Wall Street Journal reports (sub. required) that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be present at the announcement in London and that the music …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and digg
BBC:
Beatles and iTunes talk growing  —  EMI is to hold a media event on Monday with Apple boss Steve Jobs as special guest, prompting speculation that Beatles songs will finally go online.  —  None of the Beatles tracks are available to download on any online music service.
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference on Monday - No More DRM [Updatedx2]  —  Macworld.co.uk is reporting that Apple and EMI will be hosting a joint announcement on Monday, April 2nd.  —  The press invite reads: … A special live performance from an unannounced artist will also take place.
Discussion: MacUser, The Webpreneur and digg
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topix Aims For Citizen Journalists  —  News site Topix.net will relaunch this evening under their newly acquired domain name Topix.com.  They are also launching a new product that will allow readers to write and edit local news articles directly.  —  The news was first written about by USA Today this afternoon.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Screenwerk
USA Today:
Topix.com homes in on citizen journalists  —  NEW YORK — People who want to know more about what's happening in their neighborhoods will have a new way to stay abreast of local news beginning Monday.  —  Seizing on growing interest in Internet-based "citizen journalism" …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Topix Reboots As a CitJ-News Search Hybrid  —  Topix, jointly majority-owned by Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy, is migrating the site from the .net domain to Topix.com, and will launch it later tonight.  The site will also get a significant change of focus from being a news search engine …
Discussion: Mashable! and Chip Griffin
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.
Discussion: usrbingeek's musings
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A decade of Scripting News  —  On this day, ten years ago, a weblog named Scripting News appeared for the first time at this address.  —  Today, it is the longest continuing running weblog on the Internet.  —  This site played a big role in several important trends.  —  1. It helped bootstrap the blogging world.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Real interview with Fake Steve Jobs  —  We got a precious few minutes to sit down and talk to the man himself.  That's right, we landed a real interview with Fake Steve Jobs.  In it, "El Jobso" reminisces about his drug-addled youth, what he does to the traitorous wretches that leak Apple products …
Discussion: Glass House and digg
NaviGadget:
TomTom RIDER 2 almost revealed  —  One of readers was nice enough to send us a few screenshots from a Flash animation for the new TomTom RIDER 2.  Apparently the animation - which was live for several hours this morning - was put up on the site a bit earlier than planned.
Discussion: InstaGPS and MobileWhack
 
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