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4:05 PM ET, January 23, 2008


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Richard Jones /
Free the Music  —  A few days ago we sent out some cryptic invitations to a press conference in New York that Felix and Martin are presiding over.  We've had fun in the office reading the rumors and speculation, but it's time to spill the beans:  —  As of today, you can play full-length tracks …
Joseph Weisenthal /
@ Announcement: Free On-Demand Music Platform; CBS To Ramp Up Promotion  —  I'm here at Studio 19 at CBS (NYSE: CBS) headquarters, as unveils its new direction: a free on-demand music streaming platform.  Some quick details, from a press release that's just been passed around:
PR Newswire: Launches Largest Global Free-On-Demand Music Platform  —  CBS Owned Social Music Network to Offer Free Streaming of Full-length Recordings From All 4 Major Record Labels and More Than 150,000 Independent Labels and ArtistsUnsigned Artists Also Given Opportunity to Earn Revenue Through Revolutionary New “Artist Royalty” Service
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
All Major Labels to Stream Free Music on
Discussion: Digital Daily and Lost Remote
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC: debuts free music service
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple turns tech stocks sour  —  Apple reported earnings that beat analyst estimates on strong sales of iMacs, laptops and iPhones.  But its cautious outlook led investors to slam the stock Wednesday morning, and take much of the Nasdaq down with it.  —  Why?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?  —  Investors are all in a tizzy that Apple is only promising them a 30 percent growth, year over year, in its first quarter revenue.  But looking at the company's fourth quarter 2007 results, it's clear that the company is doing very very well.
Paul R. La Monica / Media Biz:
Sirius and XM merger approval close?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Joining  —  Chris Saad, Chairman of the Data Portability Working Group, confirmed to me this morning that Microsoft's David Treadwell, a VP at Windows Live, will be joining the organization.  Microsoft is expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships  —  Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again.  They've revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event.
Virgin unveils spaceship designs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Charles Cooper / CNET
Take your tech recession and stuff it  —  newsmaker Like a lot of technology CEOs these days, Seagate's Bill Watkins finds himself frequently asked whether the world as we know it is coming to an end—or something like that.  —  What with regular triple-digit losses on the Dow Jones …
Discussion: and
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
HP offers 16GB solid-state drive in new small PC
Discussion: CNET and Ubergizmo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What to do if you're laid off in 2008 recession  —  It's sad to hear about layoffs at companies like Yahoo.  Right now it seems like a bad time to be laid off.  I'm here to offer some hope.  —  I laid myself off in February 2002.  Remember that time?  It was far worse than what we've seen so far in the economic turmoil of 2008.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Cheer Up, Ben: Your Economy Isn't As Bad as This One  —  In the Make-Believe World Of ‘Second Life,’ Banks Are Really Collapsing  —  In the real world, banks are reeling from the subprime-mortgage mess.  In the online game Second Life, a shutdown of the make-believe banking system is causing real-life havoc for thousands of people.
Om Malik / GigaOM: Creator Raises $29.5M  —  Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic and creator of open-source blogging system WordPress, stopped by my apartment earlier this week.  Matt, who is one of my closest friends, brought his Texan sense of humor and all-around good cheer …
Matt / Photo Matt:
Act Two  —  You've probably seen the news on GigaOM …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Anything Else?  Vivisimo's Remix Clustering Surfaces Subtler Results  —  You know that aggravating feeling you get when you've done a search and your results are OK, but you're sure there's something better if only the “obvious” results weren't totally dominant?
Discussion: Search Done Right and WebProNews
Business Wire:
Vivisimo Adds Clustering 2.0 to the Mix
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Southwest Airlines to test in-flight WiFi via satellite  —  It's taken a while, but it looks like Southwest Airlines is the latest (and no doubt far from the last) to jump on the in-flight WiFi bandwagon although, as with most, it's still quite a ways from rolling out the service across the board.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts  —  IBM last week raised its earnings outlook for 2008.  One reason it may make more money: IBM is cutting salaries for 7,600 employees by 15%.  —  The move is in response to a legal settlement over whether tech-support workers - the people who help businesses install …
AT&T Boosts Bandwidth Choices and Speed with 10 Mbps Offer for U-verse Customers  —  Millions of consumers now have a new option to keep them surfing in the fast lane with the nation's leading provider of broadband services.  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced plans to offer AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Max in February 2008.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Why is email stuck in the 80's?  —  Email is screwed up.  —  Not that email as a method of communication is screwed but more the fact that the software we use to manage the ever increasing amount of email we get is brain dead and next to ineffectual in letting us control our information flow.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: offers easy storage, amid increasing competition  —, a company that lets you store and access files online, said it raised $6 million more in a second round financing.  —  The round of financing comes at a crucial time for the company, because a host of tough competitors have emerged to make online storage de rigueur.
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Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi To DSL Customers - Company opens up 10,000 …
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