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4:20 AM ET, August 10, 2007

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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without Copy Protection  —  Signaling another departure from the music industry's tenuous belief in its longtime antipiracy strategy, the Universal Music Group plans to sell a significant portion of its catalog without the customary copy protection software …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales  —  Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market.  It's a strange test, however: the company won't be hawking DRM-free music at Apple's iTunes Store, at least at first.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Pay for More Gmail Storage  —  Google will start to use a model similar to Picasa Web's premium plans to let you buy more storage for different Google services, including Gmail.  So for $20 a year, you'll get 6 GB that can be used to store photos in Picasa Web Albums and to send or receive messages in Gmail.
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Official Google Blog:
A simple way to get more storage  —  As someone who tests Google products daily, I know that the simplest solution is often the one that works best.  In the case of online storage, whether it's a picture, a video or an email, you should just, well, be able to store it without having to worry …
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Introducing Windows Live SkyDrive!  —  Thanks for your help testing Windows Live Folders.  It's been a month and a half since our first release, and today we're making three major announcements!  —  First, we're happy to announce our new name:  —  Second, we've been listening intently …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Store your files in "the cloud" with Windows Live SkyDrive  —  Today Microsoft is announcing the final product name for what was previously known as Windows Live Folders.  Windows Live SkyDrive gets not only its final product name but also a few new features and enhanced UI reflecting changes coming across …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Windows Live SkyDrive Launched - Enters a Crowded Online Storage Market
Business Wire:
Marchex Adds Call-Based Advertising Services to Local Advertising Platform with VoiceStar Acquisition  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHX - News; NASDAQ:MCHXP - News), a local online advertising company and leading publisher of local content, today announced that it has entered …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Pay Per Call Company VoiceStar Acquired by Marchex  —  Pay per call advertising service VoiceStar has been acquired by local advertising company Marchex.  —  Terms of the deal are as follows: … VoiceStar helps track how effective your newspaper and online advertising campaigns are at generating calls to your business.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, calls for a neutral 'Net  —  A bit of heavy-handed censorship of a Pearl Jam concert by AT&T this weekend led the band to fire off an open letter to fans—a letter in which Pearl Jam railed against media and ISP consolidation and called for readers to support network neutrality.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Veoh Sues Universal Music  —  Perhaps new Veoh CEO Steve Mitgang is the kind of guy you don't want to try to intimidate.  He just called me to say that Universal Music made one too many threats to sue his company.  To protect themselves, they are suing Universal Music in federal court …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
In Reversal of Roles, Veoh Sues Universal
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Broken Windows … Not since Windows ME or Mac OS X 10.0 have I observed a more troubled consumer operating system.  This is a difficult post to write, because I really don't want to beat on Microsoft about Vista yet again.  But yesterday's continuation of the Windows Vista Capable lawsuit …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: August 9, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: August 14, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of nine security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on August 14, 2007.
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Robert McMillan / PC World:   Microsoft Plans Nine Security Updates for Next Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL May Kill Their Netscape Digg Clone  —  AOL is considering killing off the "Digg Clone" social news site that they launched a little over a year ago at Netscape.com, and redirecting traffic to the Netscape portal instead.  One source says it's a done deal.  Another says no final decisions have been made.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and digg
PRWeb:
Perfect 10 Sues Microsoft for Copyright Infringement  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (BusinessWire EON) August 9, 2007 — Perfect 10, Inc., a publisher of tasteful model and supermodel images, today announced that it filed an action against Microsoft for copyright infringement …
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Dana Cimilluca / Deal Journal:
Is Gannett Girding for a Sale?  —  Gannett may be hearing the footsteps of a potential acquirer approaching.  —  Tuesday, the newspaper publisher amended several of its employee compensation plans with an eye toward a possible acquisition of the company.  As the filing details …
Ricky Cadden / Symbian-Guru.com:
US 3G Nokia N95 Getting Battery Upgrade!  —  I received this in my inbox recently, and had to wait a few days to share.  This is the official sales flyer for the US 3G Nokia N95.  There's several really HOT parts about it that I'm really excited about.  —  The first is that the thing finally has US 3G - HSDPA even.
 
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'Halo 3' Becomes Fastest-Selling Pre-Ordered Video Game in History …
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Gartner Urges Caution on Virtual-World Business
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Nintendo DS slide controller add-on revealed in Japan
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
When a Laptop Is Too Much to Lug  —  Samsung's Q1 Ultra …
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BBC:
Go ahead for digital home signal
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Report: Gamers largely clueless about next-gen console media capabilities
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Research targets the holy trinity of audio streaming: quality, security, and DRM
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