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8:20 PM ET, September 25, 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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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  —  We're extremely happy to announce we've launched a public beta of Amazon MP3, our new digital music service.  You're officially welcome to shop Earth's biggest selection of a la carte DRM-free MP3 digital music downloads.
Discussion: Bits and Mobility Site
David Kravets / Wired News:
Like Amazon's DRM-Free Music Downloads?  Thank Apple  —  Amazon's Tuesday launch of a DRM-free music store with some 2 million tracks represents the music industry's clearest repudiation yet of the elaborate copy-protection schemes it once staked its future on.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Amazon MP3 Store and Amazon MP3 Downloader
Discussion: iLounge, rc3.org and 43 Folders
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Amazon MP3: a quick review
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Analysis: What The Amazon Store Is... And Is Not.
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.
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.
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
15 Billion More Reasons to Worry About Facebook  —  Oh, my.  —  Oh, my.  —  Dig a hole and hide.  The end is nigh.  And how do you spell Ponzi (as in scheme) again?  —  When I reported in this column two weeks ago that Facebook was looking to raise a new round of funding …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Vonage: The patent pain continues  —  A federal jury has ruled that Vonage has to pay $69.5 million in damages to Sprint Nextel for using its patents.  —  The verdict, reported by Bloomberg and Reuters, also means that Vonage has to pay Sprint a 5 percent royalty on future revenue.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   Vonage ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million in patent case
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Jury: Vonage infringed on Sprint patents
Discussion: Engadget
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
Shimon Sandler / SEO Consultant:
Google Building Blocks Toolkit  —  I just received this Toolkit in the mail from Google:  —  Are they trying to bribe advertisers?  Is this the equivilant of a paid link?  —  Regardless, it's always nice to receive goodies in the mail, especially from Google.  —  Thanks Google.  I appreciate it.
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 …
Oliver Starr / blognation:
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: Roam4free and VoIP Watch
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 and Digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T, Frontline ask FCC to reconsider 700MHz auction rules  —  AT&T, Frontline, and a handful of other companies have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, asking that changes be made to the rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.  —  Frontline, which saw its ambitious plans …
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