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1:15 AM ET, April 4, 2007


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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI to Drop Digital Locks in Web Sales  —  EMI Group, the British music giant, broke ranks with the music industry's biggest corporations yesterday by announcing a deal to sell songs online through Apple's music service without copy protection.  —  The move by EMI, which ranks last among …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Jobs unlikely to push for lift of video DRM
Discussion: Epicenter, Apple 2.0 and Techdirt
Carlo / Techdirt:   Steve Jobs Not Quite So Enthusiastic About DRM-Free Video
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
WiFi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare Cabin Hotspots  —  BlackBerrying, Web Surfing  —  Expected Aloft Within a Year;  —  Cellphone Service May Follow  —  The days when airplanes offer a hiatus from being connected to the office are numbered.  —  After years of discussion and delay …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   WiFi (again) flies the friendly skies
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views  —  Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Not Built on Big Media's Back?
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati's Mating Dance  —  Update: Dave Sifry responds in the comments, saying "I'll be very clear about it - Technorati isn't for sale."  Which means, of course, that Technorati is for sale.  —  Blog search engine Technorati has always been more secretive about itself than most other startups.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Drinks with Dell  —  When I blogged that I was headed down to Austin and the University of Texas last week, I got email out of the blue from Dell's chief blogger, Lionel Menchaca, inviting me to meet him and his colleagues over drinks or out at Dell HQ.  I said I hadn't been planning to pack …
Mike / Techdirt:
Utah Tries To Ban Keyword Advertising On Trademarked Terms  —  from the bad-ideas dept  —  For many years, companies have tried suing either Google or various competitors over keyword advertising on their trademarks.  Say Coca-Cola decided to buy an ad based on the word "Pepsi."
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will Utah's New Trademark Bill Stop Competitive Keyword Buys?
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Mike / Techdirt:
How Can New Satellite Radio Merger Analysis Be 'Independent' When The NAB Paid For It?  —  from the curious-how-that-works dept  —  Research firm, The Carmel Group, has come out with a new report that supposedly tries to show why having XM and Sirius merge would be bad for consumers.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Declan McCullagh / CNET
ICANN may be looking for immunity from U.S. law  —  The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Greenpeace Ranks Apple Last in Greenness  —  Greenpeace Int'l Ranks Apple Last for Environmental Friendliness, While Lenovo Group Tops List  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Greenpeace International placed Apple Inc. last in its rankings of major electronics makers for their environmental friendliness …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Zillow Relaunch - Adds Its Own Q&A Service.  —  Zillow has been down this afternoon as the popular real estate site adds a number of new features.  —  They may have been taking a look at the runaway success of Yahoo Answers - Among the changes is a new product called Home Q&A …
Yi-Wyn Yen / Business 2.0 Beta: Is Just the Beginning  —  Yesterday morning, 23-year-old Justin Kan, the founder of, was interviewed on the Today show where Ann Curry grilled him with hard-hitting questions about his 24/7 online reality show.  "So, this is like a MySpace in video?" she asked.
Matt Martin /
PlayStation 3 hardware sales plummet 82 per cent  —  Sales down dramatically on second week of release  —  Sales of the PlayStation 3 have dropped dramatically on the second week of release in the UK, with official Chart Track figures revealing a fall of 82 per cent.
Live Maps:
New Version of Live Maps Launches!  —  This afternoon a new release of Live Maps was launched, the sixth major rev since July 7, 2005 when V1 went out.  Among the new feature items are a bunch of bug fixes, performance improvements and enhancements to existing functionality.
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN  —  When we announced Expression Studio last December, we saw great excitement from both the design and development community - excitement that is clearly reflected in the hundreds of thousands of CTP and trial downloads we've already seen.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
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Michael Cohn / Red Herring:
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
In VoIP, Cisco thinks small to go big
Discussion: Cisco
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Google vs. Microsoft: Vying for DoubleClick
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
The Worst Thing a VC Can Do
Discussion: Valleywag and Scripting News