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9:15 AM ET, April 2, 2007


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EMI Music launches DRM-free superior sound quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire  —  EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli today hosted a press conference at EMI's headquarters in London where he announced that EMI Music is launching DRM-free superior quality downloads across …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Speculation Is in the Air Over EMI and Apple  —  Relations between Apple Inc. and the EMI Group, once at odds over the trademark rights to the Apple name, the record label of the Beatles, seem to be getting better all the time.  —  On Sunday, Steven P. Jobs, the Apple chief executive …
Michael Gartenberg:
DRM Free Music from Apple and EMI Isn't Likely to Help Other Players  —  The big new from EMI and Apple wasn't the Beatles (as I pointed out yesterday) but rather the fact that Apple and EMI have announced that they will be selling music without digital rights management.
Macworld UK:
MACWORLD MARKETPLACE  —  At Ciao you can read consumer reviews on computers and components for laptops, towers, PDAs and Compare prices of many more computer products.  —  Get 25 Free Music Downloads eMusic is the No. 1 Site for Independent Music.  Choose from 2 million songs.  Music for any MP3 player.
Discussion: MacUser
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steve Jobs and EMI present "an exciting new digital offering" — live!  —  So what will it be: DRM-free music downloads, the Beatles on iTunes, both or something else entirely?  We'll see shortly as things are about to kickoff in London for EMI's and Apple's announcement of "an exciting new digital offering."
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Eric Bangeman / Urs Technica:
EMI to announce DRM-free music plans tomorrow: report  —  EMI will announce on Monday that it will be freeing much of its catalog from the shackles of DRM.  The Wall Street Journal reports (sub. required) that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be present at the announcement in London and that the music …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will DRM Die Today?  —  Update: This is now confirmed.  EMI is offering its entire digital music catalog via iTunes DRM-free.  Songs will be $1.29 each.  —  Will DRM die today?  In five hours we'll find out.  At 1 PM London time today EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs will hold a forty minute press conference.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Why Jobs is going to London: EMI is ditching DRM
Discussion: PC World: Techlog and TeleRead
One Down: EMI Teams Up With Apple, Becomes First Major To Drop DRM
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference on Monday - No More DRM [Updatedx2]
Discussion: The Webpreneur and digg
What do you do when your success ... sucks?  —  We took a hard look at ourselves at Topix last year.  We had built up a strong local audience on the site, but a lot of it was SEO, and while users were clearly getting some value out of our product, we hadn't made something that people really cared about.
Discussion: MediaVidea
USA Today: homes in on citizen journalists
Discussion: Startup Meme and Weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topix Aims For Citizen Journalists
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Screenwerk
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Does the Obvious Thing
Rafat Ali /
Topix Reboots As a CitJ-News Search Hybrid
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BallHype Launches - Sports Fanatics Will Love This  —  BallHype, a new sports news and social networking site, came out of closed beta tonight and launched.  —  The site has a lot of Digg-like features.  Users can add sports stories and other users vote those stories up or down, and add comments.
Discussion: ben barren
MG Siegler / Pronet Advertising:
Ballhype - Social Media Sports Done Right  —  In an effort to expand beyond their technology-centric core, last summer Digg launched a Sports category.  While it received some attention, it has largely been neglected by the community due to an understandable lack of interest.
Discussion: franticindustries and parislemon   Hype It Up: Ballhype Is Here to Change the Game
Google joins race to buy DoubleClick: report  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. has emerged with Microsoft Corp. as a contender to buy online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., according to a media report Monday.  —  The competition between Google (GOOG : , , ) and Microsoft …
GOOG Joins Doubleclick Chase. Is Ad Exchange Secret Sauce?
Discussion: Clickety Clack
The Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Latest on security update for Microsoft Security Advisory 935423  —  Hello everyone, this is Christopher Budd.  —  We have some new information tonight on the status of the security update that we're working on that addresses the vulnerability in Windows Animated Cursor Handling.
Discussion: usrbingeek's musings
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Warner's Digital Watchdog Widens War on Pirates  —  Hollywood studios spend millions every year trying to get people to watch their movies.  At Warner Brothers Entertainment, Darcy Antonellis is trying to get them to stop watching — illegally, that is.  —  Ms. Antonellis oversees …
Discussion: Slashdot
Think Secret:
Leopard leaping in June  —  EXCLUSIVE Apple is currently planning to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in June, mostly likely at or around its Worldwide Developers Conference, reliable sources report.  —  The release will come at the tail end of spring, which ends June 21, enabling Apple to meet its original shipping estimate.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and parislemon
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