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11:20 AM 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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BBC:
Amazon to sell unprotected music  —  Amazon has announced plans to launch a digital music store that will allow customers to download music without any copyright protection.  —  Amazon has licences to sell music from 12,000 record labels, including EMI Group's digital catalogue.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Amazon to offer DRM-free music downloads
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Amazon announces long-rumored DRM-free music store
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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Xbox.com:
Halo 3 Release Date Announced
Discussion: Channel 10, I4U News and CrunchGear
Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
And now, the 'Halo 3' Zune
Discussion: Podcasting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace To Acquire Flektor  —  MySpace will acquire Flektor, a just-launched service that allows users to create widgets from photos, video and text, according to two sources with knowledge of the deal.  This comes right after the news of MySpace's pending acquisition of Photobucket last week for $250-$300 million.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox Interactive keeps on buying
Discussion: HipMojo.com
PR Newswire:
RealNetworks Acquires Sony NetServices, Extending Global Leadership in Mobile Entertainment Services  —  Sony NetServices' Application Service Platform Enhances Real's Mobile Music Offering  —  SEATTLE and SALZBURG, Austria, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq …
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Experts say Microsoft's patent quest won't go far  —  news analysis Microsoft's accusation that the open-source software industry has infringed 235 Microsoft patents has spotlighted a difficult issue: how aggressively should a company police itself for patent violations?
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Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.2  —  On behalf of the entire WordPress team, I'm proud and excited to announce the immediate availability of version 2.2 "Getz" for download.  This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes.  It's named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Linda A. Epstein / Tablet PC 2:
Tablet and Touch Technology on display in Bill Gates Keynote at WinHEC 2007  —  WinHEC 2007 Keynote: Mobile devices are the fast growing area and Windows tablet and touch technology is a big part of that.  Bill Gates showed Both prototypes and shipping product during his Keynote from WinHec 2007 this morning.
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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.
BBC:
Malware 'hijacks Windows Updates'  —  Virus writers may be able to smuggle malicious files onto a computer using Microsoft's security patch updates, experts say.  —  At least one program is in circulation that can hijack a key component of Windows Update to introduce malicious software that could be used to hijack a computer.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Streaming Media East Roundup  —  Can't make it to New York this week for Streaming Media East?  Don't worry, blogs about video and videobloggers are on the scene, so no there's no need to navigate Midtown Manhattan wearing a nametag.  —  Beet.TV has been dubbed the "official vlog" for Streaming Media East.
Washington Post:
Saving Our Digital Heritage  —  It is commonly agreed that the destruction of the ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the most devastating losses of knowledge in all of civilization.  Today, however, the digital information that drives our world and powers our economy is in many ways …
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.
Geoff Price / Mac Mojo:
Get converted  —  As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year.  This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.
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 …
Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Porn.com Sells for 9 Million  —  MXN Limited acquires Porn.com for $9 Million.  Terms of the transaction were not fully disclosed, but this is the second largest adult domain transactions behind sex.com.  It was not more then two months ago when I saw this domain at auction for 7 .5 Million and thought it was a bargain.
Discussion: LiewCF.com, 901am and digg
Valleywag:
The Question: Is 30 too old to start a company?  —  Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures noted, to the dismay of some of his older readers, that almost all the entrepreneurs he'd backed were in their thirties.  Steven Levy, in his feature this week on young entrepreneurs …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Apple 2.0
 
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