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2:50 PM ET, April 2, 2007


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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI, Apple To Sell DRM-Free Music for $1.29/song  —  Update: MP3 file of the press call is here.  —  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).
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."
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
EMI Dropping Copy Limits on Online Music  —  Breaking with established practice, the EMI Group announced today that the record label's digital catalog would go on sale over the Internet without built-in copy restrictions.  —  EMI, the world's third-largest recording company …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iTunes Store will sell ENTIRE EMI CATALOG DRM-free!!  11!  1ONE!  —  Hallelujah!  Apple and EMI just announced that they will be selling DRM-free Apple songs through the iTunes Music Store.  The songs will cost 130 percent of the price of the existing crippled songs, and you'll get to choose.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:   EMI, Apple to Sell DRM-Free Songs Online
Michael Gartenberg:   DRM Free Music from Apple and EMI Isn't Likely to Help Other Players
Robert Andrews /
EMI Drops DRM For New Premium Line-Up, Higher Price; Apple First
Discussion: MoCoNews and Slashdot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Gadget Lab:
Will Your MP3 Player Support Apple/EMI's AAC Files?
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Update/Joint Statement with Chris Locke  —  Chris Locke and I agreed to publish a statement, together (both in our own words) in advance of the story which will appear tomorrow (Monday, April 2) on CNN, at 7:20 AM (EST) on "CNN American Morning", and throughout the day on other CNN shows.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
About the New Orleans imagery in Google Maps and Earth  —  This weekend, there has been a lot of discussion about our imagery of New Orleans in Google Maps and Google Earth.  I thought I'd give you some background that may clear things up, and also let you know about new imagery of the region now available.
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 …
Tribune Company Press Releases:
Tribune to Go Private for $34 Per Share  —  Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Created  —  Sam Zell to Invest, Join Board  —  Chicago Cubs and Comcast SportsNet Interest to be Sold  —  With the completion of its strategic review process, Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now roll your own MVNO  —  How many virtual mobile operators does the world need?  Ask Juha Christensen, former head of Microsoft's mobile division and a founder of Symbian, and his answer would be: as many as you can think of.  —  Christensen has a new start-up, Sonopia …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
With Sonopia, you too can be a telecom mogul
Discussion: Random Culture and MoCoNews
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 …
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: CrunchGear
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 …
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.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET   Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site
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Sega Finally Disowns Dreamcast, Saturn
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 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft to issue cursor flaw patch early
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Newsmaker: Ron Jeremy sticks it to tech sector
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
GPLv3, Microsoft/Novell language
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
David / Signal vs. Noise:
You're not on a f**king plane (and if you are, it doesn't matter)!
Macworld UK:
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