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1:40 AM ET, January 28, 2008

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Greg Sandoval / Crave: The gadget blog:
Qtrax off track with Warner Music, UMG  —  For weeks, Qtrax, an ad-supported file-sharing site, had promised to offer free and legal music downloads from all four of the major record labels when it opened for business.  Turns out the start-up might be forced to go back on its word.
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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, France …
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 …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Warner, UMG, EMI: No Deals With Free Music Service QTrax (WMG)  —  QTrax, the free P2P music service, made a big splash today by announcing that it was launching with the support of all four big music labels.  But at least three of the four — Warner Music Group (WMG), Universal Music Group and EMI - don't have deals with the company.
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Major record companies weigh deal with online service  —  Major record companies may be considering deals with Qtrax to allow music lovers to listen to any tune, anytime, free of charge.  —  Qtrax says that the four big labels — Universal Music Group, owned by Vivendi; Sony-BMG Music Entertainment …
Discussion: ringtonia.com and ReadWriteWeb
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Qtrax's free, ad-based P2P: Gnutella meets Zune-esque DRM
Discussion: JupiterResearch
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Mainstream music industry realizes the value of ‘free’
Discussion: WinExtra and Coolfer
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Adds 5 Million New Tracks to PlayNow Arena
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cisco delivers next-generation switch-Nexus 7000  —  Cisco is rolling out its Nexus 7000 family of data center-class switches that Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of Data Center, Switching and Services at Cisco, said was the most significant announcement by the company in the last decade.
Discussion: New York Times and Computerworld
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco Swtiches 10G, Makes Play For Data Centers.  —  Cisco is getting really serious about data centers.  Today, Cisco is announcing Nexus 7000 Series switching platform that is focused on what San Jose-based Cisco has dubbed Data Center 3.0.  The company also added new products to its Catalyst line of switches.
Discussion: CNET News.com
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Its Come To This: Hot or Not For Websites  —  Quite frankly I'm shocked it has taken this long for someone to come out with this - Hot or Not for websites.  If Digg/Propeller/Reddit/etc is a little too heady for you and you just want to vote a site up or down based upon how it looks, Web Hot or Not is for you.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Webhotornot - Is your site hot or not?
Discussion: Martin Varsavsky
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray is smokin' hot; HD formats outpacing DVD  —  Although HD DVD appears to be in dire straits, the format battle between it and Blu-ray has had at least one positive ramification: pricing on players has fallen at a rapid rate, and sales are eclipsing those seen in the early years of DVD.
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away  —  Target to the blogosphere: you're irrelevant.  —  That was the message the cheap-chic retailer seemed to convey in an abrupt e-mail message to ShapingYouth.org, a blog about the impact of marketing on children.  Early this month, the blog's founder …
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
How I Use Twitter  —  Dave Winer today asked for advice for Twitter newbies.  I'm not sure I have a lot of advice for newbies (given that Twitter is still a young product, aren't we all newbies and figuring out how to use it anyway?).  However, I can write about how I use it.  — I never use the website.
Discussion: Scripting News
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Twitter - the simplicity you can't escape
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Firefox rises from ashes of abandoned Netscape  —  As of Friday, AOL officially will end its support for Netscape, the fabled browser that helped transform cyberspace from a fraternity of software geeks into a community of consumers who could point and click their way through news and entertainment.
The Boy Genius Report:
Get your Macbook Airs starting Tuesday!  —  Not that this is the biggest deal in the world, but for those hopin' and wishin' and prayin' to get a MBA as fast as possible, you'll be able to run down to your local Apple store to grab one on Tuesday!  Here's the deal: stores have them, no question because they arrived Friday / Saturday.
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.”
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Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Cyclist's Foundation Links to For-Profit  —  Demand Media, Armstrong Team Up On Wellness Site  —  The charitable foundation launched by cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong — which four years ago ignited a fashion trend by selling yellow bracelets stamped with the “live strong” …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Amazon.com:
Amazon to Begin International Rollout of Amazon MP3 in 2008  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that in 2008 the company will begin an international rollout of Amazon MP3, Amazon's DRM-free MP3 digital music store where every song is playable on virtually any digital music-capable device …
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Reuters:
Amazon says will begin int'l roll-out of its MP3 store
Discussion: TechCrunch and Changing Way
 
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