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8:05 PM ET, January 27, 2008

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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 …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Warner, UMG: 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 two of the four — Warner Music Group (WMG) and Universal Music Group - don't have deals with the company.
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Register
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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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.
Reuters:
Amazon says will begin int'l roll-out of its MP3 store  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc said on Sunday it will begin an international roll-out this year of its digital music store that offers songs without copy-protection technology known as digital rights management.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Amazon MP3 Service Going Global; Epic iTunes Battle on the Horizon
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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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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Deliver a keynote like Steve Jobs in ten simple steps  —  Are you a CEO hoping to “step it up,” “knock it out of the park,” and generally “take it to the bridge” — old-school style — but you can't seem to work the magic?  Well, BusinessWeek has got just the thing for you …
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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 …
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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 …
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) …
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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.
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