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12:25 AM ET, September 26, 2007

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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Launches Public Beta of Amazon MP3, a Digital Music Store Offering Customers Earth's Biggest Selection of a la Carte DRM-Free MP3 Music Downloads  —  Amazon MP3 Offers Over 2 Million Songs From More Than 180,000  —  Artists and Over 20,000 Labels, Including EMI Music and Universal
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Game On: A Real Alternative To iTunes  —  It may have taken Amazon a few years, but they got it right: their new music store is DRM free and songs, starting at $0.89/track, are cheaper than at Apple's iTunes.  The top 100 best-selling albums are priced no higher than $8.99.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon MP3 vs. Apple iTunes: Where Should You Shop?  —  Amazon (AMZN) has just announced that the beta version of its MP3 download store is live.  The company claims it has 2 million DRM free songs, each priced from 89 cents to 99 cents.  More than 1 million of the 2 million songs are priced at 89 cents.
Amazon.com:
Amazon MP3 Open for Public Beta
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Amazon MP3 Store and Amazon MP3 Downloader
Discussion: iLounge, rc3.org and 43 Folders
Sam Sethi / blognation UK:
Facebook IM Client Coming Soon  —  I have just been given a sneek preview of a new Facebook IM client that is going into beta this Friday.  What I like about this Facebook app is there is nothing to download or install, no registration and best of all, all of your friends in Facebook can use it instantly.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
"iPhone Dev Team" issues statement  —  A spokesman for the iPhone Dev Team, the group that developed the iPhone unlock has issued a statement condemning Apple and promising a tool in the next week which will restore your iPhone to a factory-fresh state.  The unlock, he writes …
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InfoWorld:
iPhone hacks void warranty, Apple says
Pdp / GNUCITIZEN:
Google GMail E-mail Hijack Technique  —  I feel a bit dirty now.  First of all, I would like to say that I am a huge Google fan, so don't take this post personally.  Here I am going to show you how someone can install a persistent backdoor within your GMail account and snoop onto all your conversations.
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Bullseye on Google: Hackers expose holes in GMail, Blogspot, Search Appliance
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Shut Down by the CRIA  —  As of now it is still unsure what exactly happened, but the popular Dutch news site nu.nl reports that the CRIA is responsible for the downtime.  —  TorrentFreak contacted some of the Demonoid administrators, but they are not sure what happened either.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Neowin.net and Digg
Barryg / windowsultimate.com:
Windows DreamScene released!  —  In early July, I wrote about The Ultimate Team's intention to ship the remaining promised Ultimate Extras (DreamScene and the remaining Language Packs) by the end of the summer.  Unfortunately summer never really came to Seattle this year—so we missed our cue.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple in danger of losing its following?  —  When the iPhone first hit store shelves, Apple was on top of the world.  Not only did the company enjoy the biggest product release of the year, its stock price was on the rise, Mac sales were soaring and for the first time …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
eBay forum mysteriously leaks account details on 1,200 users  —  'Trust and safety' board in emergency shutdown  —  Exclusive Hackers brazenly posted sensitive information including home addresses and phone numbers for 1,200 eBay users to an official online forum dedicated to fraud prevention on the auction site.
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eBay Chatter / The Chatter:
Trust & Safety forums issue this morning
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kara Swisher Deconstructs Facebook  —  Kara Swisher of AllThingsD takes a contrarian point of view on Facebook and does a pretty good job of deconstructing the social-networking company, its potential and all the hype around it.  What set her off: Facebook has apparently indicated …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
15 Billion More Reasons to Worry About Facebook
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Google Can't Be Sirius … It's a silly rumor.  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is buying Sirius (Nasdaq: SIRI)?  Really?  Is a legacy air carrier or a Michigan automaker next on Google's shopping list?  —  I'm a fan of both Google and Sirius.  I am.  The problem is that this feels …
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
BN Exclusive: TruPhone to Launch VoIP Client on iPhone  —  Blognation has just learned of (and witnessed) the first ever VoIP calls made from an Apple iPhone.  TruPhone, the company that is slowly but surely bringing VoIP and affordable international calling to mobile phones all over the world …
Discussion: Profy.Com, Roam4free and VoIP Watch
Jeff Gray / Globe and Mail:
I admit it: I bikeBerried  —  Here's a new word: bikeBerry.  A verb, to use one's BlackBerry while riding a bike, behaviour considered by many to be hazardous and antisocial.  —  And here's an admission: Dr. Gridlock has bikeBerried.  I have carBerried as well, although only at stoplights.
Discussion: Techdirt
Business Wire:
Red Hat Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results  —  RALEIGH, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT - News), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2007.  Red Hat's current fiscal year will end February 29, 2008.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Red Hat's second quarter on target
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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