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2:45 PM ET, September 25, 2007

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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Launches Public Beta of Amazon MP3, a Digital Music Store Offering Customers Earth's Biggest Selection of a la Carte DRM-Free MP3 Music Downloads  —  Amazon MP3 Offers Over 2 Million Songs From More Than 180,000  —  Artists and Over 20,000 Labels, Including EMI Music and Universal
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Amazon launches DRM-free "Amazon MP3" music downloads  —  If you're into DRM-free music, you have a reason to get pretty excited today.  As speculated, Amazon has launched the public beta of its new digital music portal called Amazon MP3, which will feature two million songs from 180,000 artists …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Amazon MP3 Beta Launches  —  Everyone seems to be making comparisons to Apple in regards to just about any product that rolls off the lines in China.  The Zune was supposed to be the iPod killer and this and that.  There are clearly some very good rivals when it comes to hardware …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon MP3 vs. Apple iTunes: Where Should You Shop?
Discussion: hypebot and TomBomb.Com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
15 Billion More Reasons to Worry About Facebook  —  Oh, my.  —  Oh, my.  —  Dig a hole and hide.  The end is nigh.  And how do you spell Ponzi (as in scheme) again?  —  When I reported in this column two weeks ago that Facebook was looking to raise a new round of funding …
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
M'SOFT LOOKS TO FACEBOOK IF YAHOO! WON'T PLAY  —  Microsoft Corp. needs to do a deal - the question the software giant is currently contemplating is whether it should do one with Facebook or Yahoo!, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the discussions …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Fires Volley At Google in Ad Battle  —  It Seeks Facebook Stake,  —  Names New Executive  —  To Close Internet Gap  —  The battle of titans between Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. over the future of the Internet is about to get even hotter.  —  Microsoft is in talks to buy …
Pat McCarthy / WebProNews:
Facebook Valuation is Getting Crazy
Discussion: Valleywag
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
"iPhone Dev Team" issues statement  —  A spokesman for the iPhone Dev Team, the group that developed the iPhone unlock has issued a statement condemning Apple and promising a tool in the next week which will restore your iPhone to a factory-fresh state.  The unlock, he writes …
oag.state.ny.us:
Facebook Ignores Complaints about Sexual Predators  —  Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that his office is investigating Facebook over representations the company makes about safety measures in place on its website.  In a letter accompanying a subpoena for documents …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NY Attorney General: Facebook not "safe" enough for minors
Discussion: Valleywag
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Office 2008 for Mac details revealed at Apple Expo  —  More details about the upcoming Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac product line-up were released at Apple Expo which opens today in Paris.  Microsoft will offer three Office 2008 SKUs and a new technology guarantee program.  —  1. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Parakey: Did Investors Get Left Out In The Cold?  —  When Facebook acquired Parakey in July, everyone assumed the stockholders of that fledgling startup would be popping the champagne bottles.  No matter what the acquisition price (it wasn't disclosed), if the sellers got Facebook stock …
Sony:
SONY DELIVERS FASHION-FORWARD NOTEBOOKS BEGINNING AT A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled a line of fashionable, entry- level PCs — the VAIO® NR series starting at about $750 — which is the lowest-priced notebook the company has ever introduced.
Brian Chin / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Even Bill Gates and Master Chief showed up  —  From guest blogger Brian Chin; photos by Mike Urban:  —  Bill Gates himself was there to work the crowd and autograph the first copy of "Halo 3" sold at the Best Buy in Bellevue very early today when the eagerly anticipated game went on sale at midnight.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling-DISH: Interview: Blake Krikorian, Chairman and CEO, Sling Media  —  I caught up with Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, soon after the company's announcement Monday evening that it had agreed to be acquired by EchoStar Communications (NSDQ: DISH).
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
YOU TOO CAN BE A VENTURE CAPITALIST: VIRTUAL VENTURES AND IDEABLOB  —  I recently covered Spigit, a complex but very interesting prediction engine and community that's designed to help startups home in on workable ideas and plans.  At DemoFall, there's another company like it launching: Virtual Ventures (site not live yet).
 
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Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Is That Big Brother in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
Barryg / windowsultimate.com:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Takes Down IsoHunt's BitTorrent Trackers in the US
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Edo / Pink Tentacle:
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Apple Warns Hacking iPhone May Harm It
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Japanese Windows users unable to unlock the iPod touch
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's XPS M1730 sneaks onto Dell's site: a beast indeed
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Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Competing for Talent  —  If you're a private open source company …
Discussion: The Open Road
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Blog:
Windows Home Server - September Updates
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Armani phone has a surprise: a haptic feedback UI
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Matt / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.3  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Version 2.3 …
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