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11:25 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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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
UMG Testing Sale of Unrestricted Tracks  —  Universal Music to Test Selling Downloads Without Copy-Protection  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Music Group said Thursday it will sell digital music from artists such as Sting, 50 Cent and Stevie Wonder without the customary copy-protection technology for a limited time.
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.
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 …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Shared Storage Program Released  —  To wrap up the mystery of the increased Gmail storage many of you saw today: Google just released a shared storage program.  This new offer merges the storage of different Google products into a single storage back-end.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone "Dead Zone" Screens — More Trouble Ahead?  —  Apple (AAPL) has responded swiftly to scattered reports of "dead spots" on iPhone touchscreens — and received high marks from users for the speed and efficiency with which defective devices were replaced.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
1-800 Pay-Per-Call: Marchex Buys VoiceStar, $4 billion Local Advertising Bonanza?  —  "Marchex adds call-based advertising services to local advertising platform with VoiceStar acquisition," so announces Marchex.  —  Marchex touts the "significant growth opportunities of the pay-per-phone-call market" …
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Ian Harvey / businessedge.ca:
Company bloggers can help put out fires  —  Dell manager's quick reaction won industry accolades  —  When Dell Computers started getting reports of laptops exploding in flames last summer, Lionel Menchaca took the heat - from his own legal team.  —  As the Texas-based computer maker's chief blogger …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Symantec Products NavComUI ActiveX Control Code Execution  —  Critical:  —  Highly critical  —  Impact:  —  System access  —  Where:  —  From remote  —  Solution Status:  —  Vendor Patch  —  Software:  —  Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006  —  Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MediaWhiz Latest Ad Network For Sale?  —  MediaWhiz, a holding company for a number of advertising networks, may be shopping itself to private equity firms.  We are hearing that they are looking for $400- $450 million, which is 2.5 - 3 times estimated 2007 revenues.
Jonathan Cohen / Reuters:
AT&T censors Pearl Jam's anti-Bush lyrics  —  NEW YORK (Billboard) - Pearl Jam fans and Internet watchdogs were up in arms Thursday after it was revealed that AT&T Inc. censored portions of the rock band's live concert cybercast on Sunday.  —  While performing "Daughter" …
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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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Launches Beta Version Of Its Fancast  —  Comcast (Nasdaq:CMCSK) has quietly launched a slow and slightly buggy version of its Fancast site, in beta.  This site is supposed to be its ambitious online video guide and portal, marking its first major product open-Web project outside of its still-limited Comcast.net portal.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Brickbreaker  —  As Smart Phones Gain  —  In Popularity, Game Makers  —  Roll Out New Diversions  —  While running his education-related start-up, Ryan Thompson keeps up on his email by staying glued to his BlackBerry.  Lately, the 29-year-old in Brooklyn, N.Y. …
Discussion: CrunchGear and MobileCrunch
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A TV-PC that helps you shave  —  Apparently it's not enough to have a mirror that sends text messages or even engages us in conversation.  We need one that'll run Windows too.  —  Facing stiff competition in its mainstay telly business, U.K.-based Mirror Media has created a line that incorporates …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
In Reversal of Roles, Veoh Sues Universal  —  Veoh, the San Diego-based online video start-up, has sued Universal Music Group in federal court to reinforce its rights as a copyright compliant company under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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