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12:20 PM ET, May 16, 2007


 Top Items: to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels  — (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.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Amazon announces DRM-free MP3 music store  —  Just as the Times Online predicted last month, 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
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   Amazon to offer DRM-free music downloads
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon announces long-rumored DRM-free music store
Discussion: digg
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.
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 …
Discussion: UMPCPortal feed. and jkOnTheRun
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.
Halo 3 Release Date Announced
Discussion: Channel 10, I4U News and CrunchGear
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: InformationWeek
Stephen Shankland / CNET   Experts say Microsoft's patent quest won't go far
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.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox Interactive keeps on buying
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
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 …
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.
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mozilla's 'Joey' for simple mobile web  —  We're pretty sick of typing long URLs on our cell phones.  Looks like the Mozilla folks are too, and are working on an experimental mobile web project called Joey, which is covered by Infoworld this morning.  —  Basically you use the Joey Mozilla plug …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sexual orientation questions keep from Safe Harbor berth  —  When you run a roommate-matching service, you need to be careful about what questions you ask, as has just learned the hard way.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday (PDF) …
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.
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