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3:45 PM ET, August 21, 2007

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Reuters:
Wal-Mart selling DRM-free digital music  —  Wal-Mart Stores said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs.  —  Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship  —  Like a frog slowly turning into a princess, Wal-Mart's music download store has grown far more attractive now that it offers 256kbps unrestricted MP3 tracks from both EMI and Universal.  It won't win over fans who like the other features …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple & The DRM Free Market Madness
Discussion: VentureBeat and PR Newswire
USA Today:
More songs to buy, download and share
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechSpot News
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Wal-Mart Starts DRM-Free Downloads; Universal, EMI MP3s For 94 Cents
Discussion: Financial Times
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
MTV, RealNetworks said to merge digital music stores  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - MTV Networks and RealNetworks will merge their online digital music stores in the latest attempt to reduce Apple's hold on the music download market, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning.
Discussion: Engadget, ZDNet and paidContent.org
biz.yahoo.com:
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Regulation FD Disclosure  —  Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.  —  The Joint Venture  —  On August 20, 2007, RealNetworks, Inc. ("Real" or "RealNetworks") and MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. ("MTVN" …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MTV bails on Microsoft, partners with RealNetworks for "Rhapsody America"
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
YouTube-style Embeddable Maps  —  Today we're excited to announce a new feature on Google Maps that allows you to add maps to your blog or website just by copying and pasting a snippet of HTML.  And once you embed the map, it has all the same functionality of the Google Maps you know and love; it's clickable, draggable, and zoomable.
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Google:
Google announces a simple new way to embed Google Maps
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Video feedback  —  When your friends and well-intentioned acquaintances tell you that you've made a mistake, it's good to listen.  So we'd like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to let us know that we had made a mistake in the case of Google Video's Download to Own/Rent Refund Policy vs. Common Sense.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google Video Store gets stay of execution, full refunds coming  —  As we reported last week, Google Video is closing its commercial video sales wing, the Google Video Store.  The controversial decision will see Google eventually shuttering its video Digital Rights Management service …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Offline (in a good way)  —  Online office suite Zoho will launch offline functionality for Zoho Writer this morning, and other applications in their suite will follow shortly.  —  The offline functionality was built on Google Gears, an open source project launched by Google in May 2007.
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Offline Support & Comments in Zoho Writer  —  We just rolled out an important update to Zoho Writer.  This update includes two important features.  Offline support & Comments.  —  Offline Support:  —  We are taking our first steps towards offering Zoho Writer offline.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Zoho takes the first step towards offline apps
Discussion: Profy.Com and jkOnTheRun
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The Microsoft connection clarified  —  Yesterday, we posted an explanation of what happened to Skype on August 16.  Some reactions to the explanation, however, have reminded us of one of the basic tenets of communication: It's not what you say.  It's what they hear.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype talks of "perfect storm" that caused outage, clarifies blame
Discussion: theory.isthereason
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Video site Metacafe gets $30M more  —  Investors have poured $30 million more into video site Metacafe, the popular online video site.  —  This is a significant amount of money for a company that already raised $15 million.  But the support may be necessary if Metacafe is to stay among the front-runners.
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Business Wire:
Metacafe Raises $30 Million in Series C Financing
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention  —  Man, what a crazy year, right?  We know things haven't really been going your way lately, but we want you to know that we haven't given up on you, even though it might seem like the only smartphone anyone wants to talk about these days is the iPhone.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Be Dynamic, Be Confident — Yahoo! Search Supports You  —  Please excuse the dramatic start to this post.  Between the anticipation of rolling this out and my incessant Harry Potter reading, I couldn't resist.  —  Once upon a time, on the World Wide Web, all URLs were fixed strings — static in form.
Tim Green / Mobile Entertainment:
Yahoo! buys Actionality  —  Yahoo! has bought the ad-funded gaming specialist Actionality, ME understands.  —  The search giant moved for the Munich-based mobile company earlier this month, but did not announce the deal to the press.  —  It represents a further commitment to the mobile channel for Yahoo! …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
gBox: Give The Gift Of DRM-Free Music  —  gBox is a new take on selling digital content.  Instead of emphasizing sales directly to consumers, gBox is encourages you to create wish lists and buy gifts for your friends and family.  To kick-start the service, they've sealed a pretty big deal …
Discussion: BBC and hubbub
Lucy Zhang / Google News Blog:
Would you like video with that?  —  One of our goals at Google News is to offer as many different perspectives on the news as possible.  That means bringing content from multiple sources together in a way we hope you find to be organized and relevant.  Now we're adding video to the mix …
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News.com
 
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Virgin Media boss in shock exit
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