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1:25 PM 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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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).
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 …
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."
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
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iTunes Store will sell ENTIRE EMI CATALOG DRM-free!! 11! 1ONE!
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Michael Gartenberg:   DRM Free Music from Apple and EMI Isn't Likely to Help Other Players
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
EMI Drops DRM For New Premium Line-Up, Higher Price; Apple First
Discussion: MoCoNews and Slashdot
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   EMI Goes DRM-Free on Apple's iTunes
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
EMI music on iTunes — now DRM free and higher quality
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site
Skrenta / Topix.net Weblog:
Reinventing Topix: Topix.Com(munity)
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
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
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louisgray.com:   Hype It Up: Ballhype Is Here to Change the Game
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 …
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Enables New Ways to Deploy Windows Vista  —  Q&A: New options to license desktop virtualization and diskless PCs give Windows Vista Enterprise customers more choices, says the director of Microsoft's Windows Business Group.  —  For many IT professionals within large organizations …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to issue cursor flaw patch early  —  Microsoft said Sunday night that it is planning to make available this week a patch for a Windows flaw that has already been used in an attack.  —  Microsoft issued an advisory on the animated cursor flaw on Thursday.
Discussion: Brandon Live! and TechBlog
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