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8:20 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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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 …
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).
USA Today:
EMI will sell songs without copy protection on iTunes  —  Apple and EMI Music shook up the music industry Monday by announcing plans to sell more than 150,000 digital songs without copy protection.  —  The songs — from Coldplay, Norah Jones, and other artists on the giant EMI record label — can be freely copied.
Discussion: Gear Live
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:   EMI, Apple Remove Music's Copy Locks
AppleInsider:
Jobs talks new iTunes functions, DRM and video, iPod storage [transcript]
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:   EMI Dropping Copy Limits on Online Music
MacNN:
Norwegian official applauds Apple, EMI
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
With Sonopia, you too can be a telecom mogul  —  Sonopia, two-year-old Menlo Park, Ca. company launches service tomorrow that lets anyone — even you — create their own mobile carrier.  —  You can create your own calling plan, within limits of course, and sending your customers alerts …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own Third Rate Mobile Network
Kevin Murphy / Computer Business Review:
Web 2.0 is vulnerable to attack  —  Security researchers have found what they say is an entirely new kind of web-based attack, and it only targets the Ajax applications so beloved of the 'Web 2.0' movement.  —  Fortify Software, which said it discovered the new class of vulnerability and has named it …
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Fortify identifies JavaScript vulnerability in AJAX apps
Discussion: Burningbird
Business Week:
Cold Cash From A Hot Site  —  Can MySpace pull in revenue fast enough for Rupert?  —  As numbers go, this one's a whopper.  Last year MySpace users called up an average of 31.5 billion unique page views per month.  That's as though everyone on the planet visited the site once a week.
Discussion: Mashable!
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   MySpace Ad Revenue Pegged To Grow 201 Percent: Merrill Lynch
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing?  —  Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status.  [I'M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in "where are you and what are you doing."  He became fascinated with the idea while programming software for cab and courier companies.
Discussion: Cost Per News
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site  —  Topix is reinventing itself from a software-based news aggregator site to a citizen journalist hub where anyone can submit news and photos and sign up to be a volunteer editor selecting featured stories.  —  The site also has redesigned …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Raising money from VCs?  Check out Venture Hacks  —  Venture Hacks is a new site launched by two entrepreneurs to help founders of start-ups navigate the hairy world of venture capital.  —  It aims to provide tips, such as how to negotiate a good deal when raising money …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
About the New Orleans imagery in Google Maps and Earth  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director, Google Maps/Local/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 …
Software News:
Oracle Linux adopters labelled 'idiots'  —  One of the first converts to Oracle's support for Linux has revealed the public backlash it has endured since their decision to drop Red Hat.  —  Melbourne company Opes Prime Stockbroking told ZDNet Australia that in the weeks following its announcement …
Discussion: Open Sources
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 …
 
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