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5:00 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.
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: The Next Net and Jeffrey McManus
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
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 …
David Card:
Other Shoe Drops: Amazon to Launch Digital Music Sales
Discussion: and Ministry of Tech
Amazon to sell unprotected music
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Amazon to sell digital music free of copy curbs
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Don't believe everything you hear: iPhone and Leopard NOT delayed
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 …
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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"Halo 3" to Make Entertainment History on Sept. 25
Rafat Ali /
Sony In Advanced Talks To Buy Kids Social Gaming Service ClubPenguin  —  Sony is in advanced talks to buy the two-year-old kids focused social gaming ( ClubPenguin, has learned.  We have confirmed the talks from senior insiders, but have not been able to confirm the potential price.
Discussion: TechCrunch, alarm:clock and GigaOM
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
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.
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.
Villu / About Skype:
Skype Puts Mac Users First With Fresh Features in New Release  —  LUXEMBOURG, May 16, 2007 - Skype today released Skype™ for Mac 2.6, the latest version of its communication software for Mac users.  In addition to improved quality, stability and more features, the company …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Skype Journal
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.
Wi-Fi Alliance:
Wi-Fi Alliance® Reveals New Logo and Announces First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ 802.11n Draft 2.0 Products and Test Suite  —  Customers will soon be able to buy interoperable, backward-compatible, next-generation Wi-Fi products  —  CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2. products sporting an eye-catching …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Secunia: 28% of all installed apps are insecure  —  According to data culled from Secunia's free software inspector, about 28% of all detected applications are vulnerable to a known security vulnerability.  —  The utility, which uses a signature database to pinpoint the specific versions …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
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!
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