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1:20 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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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  —  Amazon.com plans to launch a digital music store later this year, featuring music downloads without copyright restrictions.  —  The e-commerce giant announced Wednesday that it would offer songs from more than 12,000 record labels in the MP3 format …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Amazon announces DRM-free MP3 music store  —  Just as the Times Online predicted last month, Amazon.com is set to strike a potentially major blow against DRM by launching a download store later this year that will offer millions of songs in unprotected, MP3-only format.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection
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BBC:
Amazon to sell unprotected music
Fugitsu:
Fujitsu Announces the New 'U Series' of Tablet-Convertible Notebook PCs, the World's Smallest in its Class  —  Weighing only 580g, with a 5.6" widescreen LCD in a small, light body, new ultra-mobile PCs offer advanced mobility and style for business users  —  Fujitsu Limited today announced …
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PC World:
Hands on With Fujitsu's Pocket-Size Convertible UMPC  —  Fujitsu claims its FMV-U8240 is the smallest available UMPC.  —  Fujitsu Ltd. unveiled an ultramobile PC that's small enough to fit in a jacket pocket.  —  The machine will first be promoted to corporate users as a secondary PC …
UMPCPortal feed.:
UMPC News : Fujitsu UMPC news from WinHEC.  Announcement imminent.  Images and specs released.  —  Thanks to our friends over at Winfuture, who are in attendance at WinHEC, we're getting news coming through about the Fujitsu UMPC.  First off there's three lovely images.  —  Full size images in the Gallery.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony earnings: games division a financial albatross around corporate neck  —  A common talking point on Internet message boards back in the PlayStation 2 heyday was the idea that Sony had begun to make most of their profits from their gaming division as other parts of their business floundered.
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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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linus Torvalds on Microsoft patent threat: it works both ways  —  Linux kernel developer Linus Torvalds issued a public response yesterday to Microsoft's recent claim that Linux and associated open-source software applications infringe over 200 of the company's patents.
Discussion: Compiler
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Experts say Microsoft's patent quest won't go far
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.
BBC:
Halo 3 launch date is announced  —  Hugely popular video game Halo 3 is due for a September debut, Microsoft has announced.  —  The September release date is earlier than expected and will help Microsoft in its drive to make the Xbox 360 console the gaming machine of choice this Christmas.
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Microsoft:
Bill Gates Announces New Windows Home Server Hardware and Software Partners at WinHEC 2007  —  Code2Fame Challenge to showcase software and hardware add-ins for Windows Home Server.  —  In his keynote address at the Microsoft® Windows® Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2007 …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Presentation Application?  —  Dirson reports that some users, myself included, are seeing a "View as slideshow" link in Gmail when receiving PowerPoint files.  —  Clicking "View as slideshow" opens a new window where you can view the slideshow using Google's Flash-based player.
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 …
CNET News.com:
Coke to give away 2 billion free iTunes tracks  —  In what is claimed to be the biggest music promotion in Europe's history, Coca-Cola has teamed up with iTunes to give away two billion music downloads to lucky European Coke drinkers.  The promotion will run between May and August of this year …
 
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