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4:00 PM ET, April 2, 2007

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emigroup.com:
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI, Apple To Sell DRM-Free Music for $1.29/song  —  Update: MP3 file of the press call is here.  —  April 2, 2007: The day DRM died.  —  The surprise press conference in London today with today EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs just started a few minutes ago (1 pm London time).
Discussion: CrunchGear and Orbitcast
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."
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iTunes Store will sell ENTIRE EMI CATALOG DRM-free!!  11!  1ONE!  —  Hallelujah!  Apple and EMI just announced that they will be selling DRM-free Apple songs through the iTunes Music Store.  The songs will cost 130 percent of the price of the existing crippled songs, and you'll get to choose.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and John Palfrey
USA Today:
EMI will sell songs without copy protection on iTunes  —  Apple and EMI Music shook up the music industry Monday by announcing plans to sell more than 150,000 digital songs without copy protection.  —  The songs — from Coldplay, Norah Jones, and other artists on the giant EMI record label — can be freely copied.
Discussion: Gear Live
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:   EMI Dropping Copy Limits on Online Music
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Speculation Is in the Air Over EMI and Apple
Discussion: Furdlog, Podcasting News and Coolfer
Eliot Van Buskirk / Gadget Lab:
Will Your MP3 Player Support Apple/EMI's AAC Files?
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:   EMI, Apple to Sell DRM-Free Songs Online
Michael Gartenberg:   DRM Free Music from Apple and EMI Isn't Likely to Help Other Players
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
The Empire of DRM is Falling, EMI First Soldier Down
Discussion: Idolator and Urs Technica
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
EMI Drops DRM For New Premium Line-Up, Higher Price; Apple First
Discussion: MoCoNews
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
EMI go DRM-free, but at a price
Discussion: Gizmodo and Podcasting News
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Update/Joint Statement with Chris Locke  —  Chris Locke and I agreed to publish a statement, together (both in our own words) in advance of the story which will appear tomorrow (Monday, April 2) on CNN, at 7:20 AM (EST) on "CNN American Morning", and throughout the day on other CNN shows.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site  —  Topix is reinventing itself from a software-based news aggregator site to a citizen journalist hub where anyone can submit news and photos and sign up to be a volunteer editor selecting featured stories.  —  The site also has redesigned …
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
About the New Orleans imagery in Google Maps and Earth  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director, Google Maps/Local/Earth  —  This weekend, there has been a lot of discussion about our imagery of New Orleans in Google Maps and Google Earth.  I thought I'd give you some background that may clear things up …
USA Today:
Music games won't be solo gigs anymore  —  Guitar Hero was just the opening act.  MTV and the developers of that video game have a headliner in the works called Rock Band, which lets four music lovers gig together in person or online.  —  Expected in stores for the year-end holidays …
Tribune Company Press Releases:
Tribune to Go Private for $34 Per Share  —  Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Created  —  Sam Zell to Invest, Join Board  —  Chicago Cubs and Comcast SportsNet Interest to be Sold  —  With the completion of its strategic review process, Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now roll your own MVNO  —  How many virtual mobile operators does the world need?  Ask Juha Christensen, former head of Microsoft's mobile division and a founder of Symbian, and his answer would be: as many as you can think of.  —  Christensen has a new start-up, Sonopia …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
With Sonopia, you too can be a telecom mogul
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 …
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 …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Peer-to-Peer Downloaders Gorge on Songs  —  In 2006, the number of households with PCs that downloaded at least one song using free peer-to-peer software, like Limewire or BitTorrent, grew a modest 7.2 percent, reaching 14.9 million, according to figures released by the NPD Group, a market-research firm.
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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