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8:05 PM ET, May 16, 2007

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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection  —  After years of industry speculation, Amazon.com is getting into the digital music business.  —  Amazon, the Internet's most successful seller of physical CDs, today announced plans to introduce a music download store later this year …
Discussion: The Next Net and Jeffrey McManus
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon announces long-rumored DRM-free music store  —  Amazon dropped the bomb today by announcing its DRM-free music store.  The previously-rumored store will be launched sometime "later this year" and offer unprotected MP3 files for purchase.  The Amazon music store …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Amazon to offer DRM-free music downloads
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Searchology Day: Recap Of Announcements  —  It's Searchology Day today at Google, where the company is devoting time to look at the past, present and future of search at Google.  There will be a number of significant announcements coming out of the event.  Want to keep up?  Stay tuned to this page.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google 2.0: Google Universal Search  —  Google is undertaking the most radical change to its search results ever, introducing a "Universal Search" system that will blend listings from its news, video, images, local and book search engines among those it gathers from crawling web pages.
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google moves to 'universal' search  —  (InfoWorld) - Google will make a significant push toward integrating results from a variety of its search engines in an attempt to deliver as relevant and comprehensive a result set as possible to search queries.  —  Although Google and its competitors …
Discussion: Associated Press and Neowin.net
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Searchology: The Future of Search
Discussion: Google
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google launching "Universal Search"
Discussion: TechCrunch
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
More Google Searchology: Google Universal Search
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone delayed until October, Leopard delayed again until January  —  This one doesn't bode well for Mac fans and the iPhone-hopeful: we have it on authority that as of today, the iPhone launch is being pushed back from June to... October (!), and Leopard is again seeing a delay, this time being pushed all the way back to January.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sony In Advanced Talks To Buy Kids Social Gaming Service ClubPenguin  —  Sony is in advanced talks to buy the two-year-old kids focused social gaming ( ClubPenguin, paidContent.org has learned.  We have confirmed the talks from senior insiders, but have not been able to confirm the potential price.
Discussion: GigaOM, alarm:clock and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
FreeHand no longer updated; moving to Illustrator  —  After a long and storied career, Adobe (neé Altsys, Aldus, and Macromedia) FreeHand has reached the end of its development road.  The application has not been revised since Macromedia released MX nearly four years ago …
Discussion: MacUser
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Adobe writes FreeHand obituary
Discussion: Macsimum News
ABCNEWS:
Dell Hell: Computer Giant Faces Consumer Lawsuit  —  Consumers Allege They Didn't Get the Tech Support They Paid For  —  Dell is the No. 2 computer seller in the United States, but now some say the technology giant is ripping off its customers.  —  New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo …
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oag.state.ny.us:
CUOMO SUES DELL FOR FALSE ADVERTISING, FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES …
Discussion: Digital Daily
The Microsoft Security Response Center:
ANS and Security Bulletin Updates  —  This is Mark Miller again to let you know about some additional changes we are making this month.  In April, we announced changes to our blog site.  This month we are announcing changes to our Advanced Notification Service (ANS) as well as some changes …
Jeff Weiner / Yodel Anecdotal:
Mission as strategy - connecting the dots at Yahoo!  —  Last year, the executive team at Yahoo! made the decision to re-organize the company with one of the central themes being the evolution of a culture from one largely organized around products, to one that is far more organized around our customers.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD DVD hopes to lure buyers with $100 rebate on Toshiba players  —  Hoping to give HD DVD a leg up on the Blu-ray competition, the HD DVD Promotional Group is launching a new promotional campaign.  At the forefront of the marketing blitz will be a $100 rebate on some Toshiba HD DVD players …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Neowin.net
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Microsoft brings Vista to developing world PCs  —  LOS ANGELES — After a year in trials, Microsoft Corp. is fine tuning its FlexGo initiative for developing world PCs.  Partners including Advanced Micro Devices, Infineon, Intel, and Via Technologies are collaborating on new designs focused …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Wi-Fi Alliance:
Wi-Fi Alliance® Reveals New Logo and Announces First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ 802.11n Draft 2.0 Products and Test Suite  —  Customers will soon be able to buy interoperable, backward-compatible, next-generation Wi-Fi products  —  CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2. products sporting an eye-catching …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sexual orientation questions keep Roommates.com from Safe Harbor berth  —  When you run a roommate-matching service, you need to be careful about what questions you ask, as Roommates.com has just learned the hard way.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday (PDF) …
Discussion: TechFold, alarm:clock and Slashdot
 
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