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6:25 PM ET, January 27, 2008


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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon MP3 store to spread DRM-free love global in 2008  —  In perhaps the biggest threat to Apple's global dominance of digital music, Amazon just announced the international rollout of Amazon MP3.  Right, the on-line storefront offering DRM-free music from all four major labels.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Major Labels Allow P2P Music Sharing on QTrax  —  After years of fighting peer-to-peer file sharing companies, the major record labels have decided that if they can't beat them, they might as well join them — in one case, anyway.  At the MIDEM conference in Cannes, QTrax announced deals …
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Mainstream music industry realizes the value of ‘free’  —  CANNES: The mainstream music industry has finally come to recognize a price for digital songs that might be good enough to compete with the underground exchange of tunes on the Internet: free.  —  It is a new attitude in a business …
Discussion: and Coolfer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Free (legal) P2P Music Downloads?  Told You So.  —  I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but in case you haven't heard: The era of paid music downloads is coming to an end (despite the fact that online sales are growing).  —  Qtrax, which has signed all four major labels …
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Amazon MP3 Service Going Global; Epic iTunes Battle on the Horizon
Discussion: Slashdot and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Legal P2P Music Service QTrax Finally Up: Not iPod Compatible
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
The Coming Wave of Gadgets That Listen and Obey  —  INNOVATION usually needs time to steep.  Time to turn the idea into something tangible, time to get it to market, time for people to decide they accept it.  Speech recognition technology has steeped for a long time: Mike Phillips remembers …
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Souljah Boy to TellMe: Search, Listen and Obey  —  Machine translation from voice to text promises to be the grail of local mobile search.  Michael Fitzgerald in The New York Times today highlights voice search and voice recognition software in gadgets that “Listen and Obey.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Now Tracks 1 Million Torrents, 10 Million Peers  —  Last month we reported that The Pirate Bay had doubled the number of torrents and peers on their tracker in 2007.  Brokep, one of the co-founders of the popular BitTorrent tracker told us at the time that he expected the tracker …
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
The Pirate Bay Breaks 10 Million Users
John Naughton / Guardian:
Thanks, Gutenberg - but we're too pressed for time to read  —  The First Law of Technology says we invariably overestimate the short-term impact of new technologies while underestimating their longer-term effects.  The invention of printing in the 15th century had an extraordinary short-term impact …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Brilliant Facebook Move (Really): Opening to Web  —  Facebook appears to have taken another small but important step toward becoming the operating system for any application or service that wants to tap into the social graph.  Specifically, according to All Facebook …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Lumin's MultiTouch display does... uh, multi-touch  —  If you've absolutely, positively got to have a multi-touch display system right this second, look no further than the Germany company Lumin and its creatively named MultiTouch.  For an undisclosed price (available on request) …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Capillaries can carry compressed context  —  I've been playing around with FoxyTunes, installing it in Firefox, getting the TwittyTunes extension.  And it's not just because I like music.  I think what's happening here is very powerful.  —  Let's start with Twitter, it looks harmless and gormless, what possible use could it have?
Discussion: Joho the Blog
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Adds 5 Million New Tracks to PlayNow Arena  —  We all knew that Sony Ericsson would be expanding their PlayNow over the air music service and dub it PlayNow arena (and no, for whatever reason “arena” is not capitalized).  Today it's official, and as expected …
Discussion: Mashable!
Clara Moskowitz / LiveScience:
How to Tell If You Are Addicted to Technology  —  They're not called “Crackberries” for nothing.  Some people may be as addicted to Blackberries and other personal electronics as junkies are to drugs, according to John O'Neill, director of addictions services for the Menninger Clinic in Houston.
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