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9:55 AM ET, February 7, 2007


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Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success of Apple's iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to "open" the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Jobs Calls for End to Music Copy Protection  —  Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, jolted the record industry on Tuesday by calling on its largest companies to allow online music sales unfettered by antipiracy software.  —  The move is a gamble for Apple.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Will Steve Jobs drop iTunes DRM in a heartbeat?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple's Jobs calls for DRM-free world
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   The Marketing Genius of Steve Jobs
Nick / Rough Type:   Jobs calls for end to DRM
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Steve Jobs back from the Dark Side!
Discussion: Telegraph
Associated Press:
TiVo, Amazon offer video downloads that can be viewed on TV sets  —  SEATTLE — Inc. and TiVo Inc. have jumped into the digital download wars — with a twist: The new partners will beam movies and TV shows directly to their customers' living rooms.
Breaking: Tivo Boxes to Download Amazon Unboxed Videos  —  Amazon and TiVo just made me wet my pants with what could be a killer app in the digital video distribution arms race: TiVo Series 3 and 2 set top boxes will be living room conduits for content from Amazon's Unbox video download service.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Amazon, TiVo Pair Up For PC-To-DVR Downloads
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Amazon Unbox, Now Playing on TiVo
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.  —  Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Dameon Welch-Abernathy / Web Worker Daily:
5 SKYPE TIPS FOR WEB WORKERS  —  As a Web Worker, you have undoubtedly used, tried, or at least heard of Skype, that wonderful peer-to-peer IM/voice tool that end users love, but security administrators detest.  —  Thanks to both the efforts of Skype and a series of third party application developers …
Washington Post:
Google Still Searching For Recognition in D.C.  —  Two minutes before his introduction on stage yesterday, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt walked across the ballroom of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel unnoticed by most of the pinstriped crowd dining on crab cakes and tenderloin.
Deborah Yao / Business Week:
Comcast, Facebook to launch video series  —  Comcast Corp. and are joining forces to create a television series from user-generated videos that will appear online and through video on demand.  —  Called "Facebook Diaries," the series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes produced …
Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment Acquires and Increases Audience to More Than 13.7 Million Unique Visitors and 83 Million Page Views  —  The $7.1 Million Acquisition of Transforms HandHeld Entertainment's Network of User-Generated Web Sites into a Significant Worldwide Online Video Network
Discussion: NewTeeVee and alarm:clock
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple asks FCC for iPhone confidentiality until June 15th  —  Who's going to crack first?  Sure, the FCC is going to be sitting on the External Photos, Internal Setup, Test Setup Photos and a User Manual, all of which Apple has specifically asked it to keep confidential …
Vincent Nguyen / My iPhone:
Dear FCC, With love, From Apple
Rockstar Games announces Manhunt 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Wii™  —  Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce Manhunt 2 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
SideStep raises $15M to do battle in online travel search  —  SideStep, the travel search engine, has raised $15 million in a third round of funding to help it stay competitive and to venture into other areas.  —  The travel industry is packed.  Other players offer search.
Discussion: Screenwerk and PE HUB
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post Co's Mark Whitaker Says "Video is the Next Great Frontier" in Journalism — Beet.TV Goes To MIT Tomorrow: Chillin' by the Charles with Henry Jenkins.......  Mark Whitaker is one of our most celebrated journalists.  Having lead Newsweek as its award-winning editor in chief for eight years …
Discussion: John Furrier and 901am
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MySpace's Deal With Google Hits a Bump, With eBay In The Middle: WSJ  —  Some of this was hinted after it became clear Google would be buying YouTube, and News Corp was passed over in the YouTube "auction" process.  Now MySpace's interest in striking a separate deal with eBay is holding …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
CRM Roundup  —  Here is the fourth edition of our Weekly Office 2.0 Roundup.  Today, we will review 9 CRM applications, from Free CRM to Zoho CRM.  We will identify some unique features that might help your own selection process—if you're not already set, and you will get a chance to cast your vote for the best CRM application.
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