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2:55 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.
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection  —  After years of industry speculation, 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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Amazon to offer DRM-free music downloads  — 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Things That
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.
Matt Martin /
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, and Ars Technica
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Sony earnings: games division a financial albatross around corporate neck
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: All about Microsoft
Stephen Shankland / CNET   Experts say Microsoft's patent quest won't go far
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million  —  It's been rumored for a while that Montgomery Securities is representing virtual world Club Penguin in a sale transaction.  It looks like the company is locked in talks, possibly exclusive, with Sony, and the price is …
Discussion: BeyondVC
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Ninth Circuit Opinion in Perfect 10 v. Google and Amazon  —  Perfect 10, Inc. v., Inc., CV-05-04753-AHM (9th Cir. May 16, 2007)  —  In yet another lengthy and highly technical opinion from the Ninth Circuit (fast becoming their specialty), the Ninth Circuit has addressed the crucial case of Perfect 10 v. Google and Amazon.
Discussion: Reuters and Search Engine Land
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.
Scott Martin / Red Herring:
uTube Rings In YouTube Cash  —  Pipe company taps Internet video craze to sell ring tones.  — has found a way to cash in on the Internet video craze.  —  Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, owner of, was besieged by a crush of Internet visitors when Google bought YouTube last fall …
Discussion: CNET and Mashable!
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
This is the Future of the News: The Arianna Huffington Interview  —  The Huffington Post is an incredible Web success story.  In two years it's become a site with enormous traffic based upon the richness of its content.  Is the future of news media?
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