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12:35 AM ET, February 10, 2007

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Associated Press:
EMI in talks to sell unprotected MP3s  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Music company EMI Group PLC — home of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay — has been talking with online retailers about possibly selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 format without copy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday …
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI May Sell Recordings Online With No Anti-Copying Software  —  The EMI Group, the British music giant, has been considering a plan to offer a broad swath of its recordings for sale online without anti-copying software, executives involved in discussions with the company said.
Discussion: The Tech Report, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
EMI reportedly contemplating DRM-free music
Discussion: Podcasting News and TechSpot News
Forbes:
Will EMI Set Its Music Free?
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Zune Phone Confirmed!  Launch Scenario!  4G WiMax Action!  Rumors Off the WTF-o-Meter  —  We don't wanna say we told you so, but, ya know, we did.  On Monday, Microsoft filed a mystery application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet.
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft to submit wireless device for FCC testing  —  Prototype could be Zune's answer to rival iPod phone  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - A filing that Microsoft Corp. submitted Monday to the Federal Communications Commission suggests the technology giant will likely add phone service …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Gizmodo
ap.org:
AP and NowPublic.com announce a collaboration  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press and NowPublic.com announced Friday that they have agreed to an innovative initiative designed to bring citizen content into AP newsgathering, and to explore ways to involve NowPublic's on-the-ground network …
Discussion: MediaShift, 901am and PaidContent
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
AP, NowPublic Will Collaborate On News Coverage
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Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Your search for "How do we build a Google killer?" returned 0 results  —  Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center is hallowed ground around here, birthplace of such now-ubiquitous technologies as laser printing, Ethernet and the model for the modern PC graphical user interface.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo Taps Its Inner Startup  —  The yet-to-be-announced Brickhouse is designed to help the Internet giant keep up with cutting-edge startups and archrival Google  —  In Silicon Valley, being the big guy on campus isn't always a bonus.  Yahoo! has learned this the hard way.
ongoing:
Music and DRM  —  While I was tied up, Mr. Jobs stirred the intellectual-property business pot.  Even after three days of discussion, there are things worth saying.  —  First, while I don't at all hate to say "I told you so", I'll contain my glee to the extent of not inserting links to the places where I did.
Think Secret:
Mac OS X 10.5, iLife '07, iWork '07 as early as March  —  Development of Mac OS X 10.5 is wrapping up faster than many at Apple even anticipated, and at present, a release can be expected as early as late March, sources say.  —  Alongside the release of Version 10.5, code-named Leopard …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Webomatica and digg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom moves on without YouTube  —  NEW YORK—Viacom may not miss YouTube as much as some people think.  —  Viacom representatives have been quietly telling industry insiders this week that they plan to aggressively promote their revamped ComedyCentral.com Web site.
Discussion: Techdirt, Valleywag and Kevin Maney
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Google: Web is OK for TV (despite what you may have read)  —  Does Google really think the Internet, as well as its own infrastructure, isn't up to the task of delivering Web TV?  That's the impression you might have been left with had you read any permutations of a Reuters story out of Amsterdam …
Nick / Rough Type:
The future of computing demand  —  Sun Microsystems has posted videos of its Analyst Day presentations from earlier this week.  Following a tip from CEO Jonathan Schwartz, I watched CTO Greg Papadopoulos's presentation on the future of computing demand (pdf of slides).  It's well worth a look.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds defend oversight of e-voting testing  —  WASHINGTON—Federal election officials on Thursday defended their procedures for evaluating laboratories that test e-voting machines, which have attracted allegations of secrecy and slipshod management.  —  At the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's …
Discussion: Techdirt
Zee Linden / Official Linden Blog:
State of the Virtual World - Key Metrics, January 2007  —  In December I posted a number of key metrics for the first time.  As part of our effort to drive toward complete transparency and openness, Logan Linden and I have upgraded some of our internal systems to create the Excel Workbook posted here.
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
iCrossing To Purchase U.K. Shop Spannerworks  —  SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING FIRM ICROSSING plans to acquire Spannerworks, a U.K.-based company, for around $18 million, OnlineMediaDaily has learned.  —  Spannerworks, a 10-year-old search engine marketing company based in Brighton, England …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
A Taxonomy of Social Networks?  —  Earlier this week, Om called social networks a feature.  It's a good point, though, one that seems all too obvious to someone like me who's covered way too many social networks and often ends up bored before making it through yet another registration form.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft Clippy, RIP: 1997 - 2007
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part XXIV - Jack Tretton wants to give you $1,200
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Consumerist:
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Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
Why do you care about RSS?  —  My company builds Web sites …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
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Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Research Shows No Noticeable Impact On CD Sales From Downloads
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Mike / Techdirt:
Gary Shapiro Slams Warner Bros. Chair On His Congressional Remarks
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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