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2:05 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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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 …
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: Jeffrey McManus
BBC:
Amazon to sell unprotected music
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Amazon announces DRM-free MP3 music store
Discussion: CrunchGear
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Amazon to sell digital music free of copy curbs
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Microsoft:
"Halo 3" to Make Entertainment History on Sept. 25  —  Countdown begins for what promises to be bigger than any movie launch in history; beta preview and collectible Zune-Halo 3 edition digital media player add to early excitement.  —  In a year when Hollywood is launching its biggest blockbusters ever …
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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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune Halo 3 Edition up for pre-order
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 …
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 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.
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 launch hits Sony profits  —  'Strategic price' contributes to a 68 per cent drop in operating profits  —  Sony has announced that the launch of the PlayStation 3 has contributed to a 68 per cent drop in operating profits to JPY 71.8 billion (EUR 438.3 million) for the year ended March 31 …
Discussion: Kotaku, Neowin.net and Ars Technica
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Sony earnings: games division a financial albatross around corporate neck
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linus Torvalds on Microsoft patent threat: it works both ways
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Scott Martin / Red Herring:
uTube Rings In YouTube Cash  —  Pipe company taps Internet video craze to sell ring tones.  —  uTube.com has found a way to cash in on the Internet video craze.  —  Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, owner of uTube.com, was besieged by a crush of Internet visitors when Google bought YouTube last fall …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
 
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