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4:20 PM ET, January 27, 2008

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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.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Amazon MP3 Service Going Global; Epic iTunes Battle on the Horizon  —  Amazon's digital music catalogue is all set to go global, and although a launch date has not yet been settled, it shall hit sometime this year.  Given Amazon MP3 offers DRM-free tracks, which are generally cheaper than iTunes limited …
Discussion: Mashable! and Slashdot
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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook Apps On Any Website: Clever Move  —  Facebook announced Friday a new JavaScript client library that will allow Facebook apps to be displayed on any website.  —  The client library allows users to make Facebook API calls from any web site and create Ajax Facebook applications on that website.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Facebook unleashes wave of new development with JavaScript client library
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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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
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
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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