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5:30 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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Amazon launches DRM-free "Amazon MP3" music downloads  —  If you're into DRM-free music, you have a reason to get pretty excited today.  As speculated, Amazon has launched the public beta of its new digital music portal called Amazon MP3, which will feature two million songs from 180,000 artists …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Launches a Music Store, Not a Service
Discussion: Mobility Site
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:   Analysis: What The Amazon Store Is... And Is Not.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Amazon's MP3 store brings more DRM-free music at lower prices than iTunes Store
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Amazon launches DRM-free iTunes killer
Discussion: iLounge
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Amazon MP3: like iTunes without the DRM ... or the inventory …
Discussion: Jarrett House North
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
MacNN:
Relocking your iPhone, modding the kybd
Discussion: Download Squad, Epicenter and Mashable!
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Office 2008 for Mac details revealed at Apple Expo  —  More details about the upcoming Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac product line-up were released at Apple Expo which opens today in Paris.  Microsoft will offer three Office 2008 SKUs and a new technology guarantee program.  —  1. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Parakey: Did Investors Get Left Out In The Cold?  —  When Facebook acquired Parakey in July, everyone assumed the stockholders of that fledgling startup would be popping the champagne bottles.  No matter what the acquisition price (it wasn't disclosed), if the sellers got Facebook stock …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco teams with Haier for home network gear  —  Cisco has inked a deal with one of China's largest appliance makers to develop networking gear for residential use.  Through its partnership with the Haier Group, Cisco seeks to cash in on the ever-growing popularity of the internet as a critical component in home entertainment centers.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Sony:
SONY DELIVERS FASHION-FORWARD NOTEBOOKS BEGINNING AT A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled a line of fashionable, entry- level PCs — the VAIO® NR series starting at about $750 — which is the lowest-priced notebook the company has ever introduced.
Brian Chin / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Even Bill Gates and Master Chief showed up  —  From guest blogger Brian Chin; photos by Mike Urban:  —  Bill Gates himself was there to work the crowd and autograph the first copy of "Halo 3" sold at the Best Buy in Bellevue very early today when the eagerly anticipated game went on sale at midnight.
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld and dailywireless.org
 
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