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8:35 AM ET, April 2, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: Furdlog and Jarrett House North
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Discussion: MacUser
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?  —  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.  Lots of press were invited early this morning to attend, but no information was distributed other than …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Why Jobs is going to London: EMI is ditching DRM  —  Sorry Beatles fans, tomorrow may still not be your day — but to everyone else we've got good news.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that option number two explaining Stevie J.'s visit to London tomorrow for EMI's quickly ballyhooed presentation …
Discussion: PC World: Techlog and TeleRead
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Apple/EMI in deal, but Beatles not included: source  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc. and music label EMI Group plan to announce "an exciting new digital offering," EMI said on Sunday, renewing speculation of a deal to put the Beatles music catalog online.
Idolator:
One Down: EMI Teams Up With Apple, Becomes First Major To Drop DRM  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, tomorrow's EMI-Apple announcement will have nothing to do with the Beatles.  Instead, it will center on EMI's dropping digital-rights management from most of its online offerings:
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs and EMI Press Conference on Monday - No More DRM [Updatedx2]
Discussion: The Webpreneur and digg
Skrentablog:
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
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USA Today:
Topix.com homes in on citizen journalists  —  NEW YORK — People who want to know more about what's happening in their neighborhoods will have a new way to stay abreast of local news beginning Monday.  —  Seizing on growing interest in Internet-based "citizen journalism" …
Discussion: Startup Meme and Topix.net Weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topix Aims For Citizen Journalists
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Screenwerk
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Topix.com Does the Obvious Thing
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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
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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
louisgray.com:   Hype It Up: Ballhype Is Here to Change the Game
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
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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
MarketWatch:
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 …
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GOOG Joins Doubleclick Chase. Is Ad Exchange Secret Sauce?
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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 and parislemon
 
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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Real interview with Fake Steve Jobs
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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