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4:25 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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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: 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 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 …
BBC:
Amazon to sell unprotected music
David Card:
Other Shoe Drops: Amazon to Launch Digital Music Sales
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Amazon announces DRM-free MP3 music store
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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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Don't believe everything you hear: iPhone and Leopard NOT delayed
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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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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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
The Microsoft Security Response Center:
ANS and Security Bulletin Updates  —  This is Mark Miller again to let you know about some additional changes we are making this month.  In April, we announced changes to our blog site.  This month we are announcing changes to our Advanced Notification Service (ANS) as well as some changes …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Spam Hunters Become a Digg Spammers Best Friend  —  New service Collactive comes to the world courtesy of the team behind the failed Israeli outfit Blue Security, best known for running the anti-spam service Blue Frog.  Wildly popular at first, the denial of service attacks from BlueFrog …
 
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