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1:15 PM ET, March 28, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's New Extortion Scheme  —  Musicians themselves may just be crazy, but the music labels are dangerously stupid, and need to be stopped before they can do any further damage to the music industry.  Case in point: Warner Music, fully aware that the days of charging …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
US students, alumni to get legal P2P  —  The beginning of the end of the file-sharing wars?  —  Exclusive US colleges and their alumni may be offered the right to P2P file-sharing under one of the most radical copyright reforms in a hundred years, The Register has learned.
Discussion: WinBeta
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Fee for All  —  Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s Warner Music Group …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Report: Music downloads on your Net access tab?
Wei Yi Lim / CNN:
Hon Hai Gets Apple Order For New iPhones -Source  —  TAIPEI -(Dow Jones)- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317.TW) has secured an exclusive contract to assemble a more advanced version of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) popular iPhone, a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Friday.
Discussion: iLounge
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple picks trusted supplier to assemble 3G iPhone  —  It should be no surprise that Apple has turned to Foxconn, the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industries, to build the next generation iPhone.  —  China's Commercial Times reported early Friday that Foxconn was competing for the business …
WritersWeekly.com:
Amazon.com Telling POD Publishers - Let BookSurge Print Your Books, or Else...  BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: We were notified by a PublishAmerica author that her book was available for purchase through Amazon on Tuesday but today the “buy” button for her book on Amazon is gone.
Discussion: TeleRead, paidContent.org and open
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:   Amazon Tightens Grip on Printing
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Dell offers sub-$1,000 Blu-ray laptop  —  The end of the next-generation DVD format battle may not mean a long victory lap for inflated Blu-ray prices after all.  —  Dell, which has more than a little clout in the PC market, on Friday announced that consumers can now spend less than $1,000 to get a Blu-ray-equipped laptop.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NVIDIA drivers responsible for nearly 30% of Vista crashes in 2007  —  That huge bundle of damning emails and documents Microsoft produced as part of the Vista-capable lawsuit is full of fascinating information about how the company developed, planned, and launched Vista …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Firefox 4 will push out the edges of the browser  —  This post has been corrected from the original: Mozilla has no plan to ship Firefox 4 this year; references to that effect have been removed.  —  After the product road map roundtable I live-blogged Wednesday, I had a talk with Chris Beard, VP of Labs for Mozilla.
Discussion: DailyTech and CNET News.com
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Loopt Embraced by Verizon; Starts to Spread Its Mobile Wings  —  Loopt, a mobile social network that can be used to see where your friends are currently located, has partnered with Verizon to put its software on that carrier's phones.  It's a big win for Loopt since Verizon has more location-aware handsets than any other carrier.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What's Yahoo worth to Microsoft without Alibaba?  —  One of Yahoo's best arguments for getting Microsoft to raise its offer to acquire the company-the portal's stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba-is in jeopardy courtesy of antitrust regulations in China.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ClickZ News Blog
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John Markoff / New York Times:   China Law Could Impede Microsoft Deal for Yahoo
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Gartner Clarifies 3G iPhone Reports  —  The technology research firm says it doesn't know whether Apple has actually ordered 10 million iPhones that support 3G networks, as was reported on the Web.  —  Technology research firm Gartner on Thursday tried to clear up reports that it had said Apple might …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft looks to fix bugs with desktop search  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Microsoft has slipped out a new version of its Windows desktop search engine for its Vista operating system to fix bugs with the previous version.  —  The release appeared …
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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Ben Fritz / Variety:
Paramount gets in game  —  Studio gears up for videogames  —  Get ready for Paramount the videogame publisher.  —  The studio has expanded its interactive department team and is putting together a slate of games that it will partially or completely finance and for which it will more directly oversee development.
Zero Day Initiative / DVLabs:
PWN to OWN Day Two: First Winner Emerges! (updated)  —  Congratulations to our first winner of the CanSecWest PWN to OWN contest!  At 12:38pm local time, the team of Charlie Miller, Jake Honoroff, and Mark Daniel from Independent Security Evaluators have successfully compromised the Apple MacBook Air …
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The quiet boom of paidContent, and its new chief executive  —  Rafat Ali's digital media empire has grown, again.  I'll disclaim right away - I used to work for him and am in awe of what he has created since ditching the life of a staff journalist all those years ago.
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
DOOMSDAY FEARS SPARK LAWSUIT  —  A hardhat worker is dwarfed by the inner workings of the Large Hadron  —  Collider's ATLAS detector.  Click on the image for a larger version.  —  The builders of the world's biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Rockstar and Amazon bring digital music distribution to GTA4  —  If the hugely successful, industry-changing Grand Theft Auto 3 is any barometer, Rockstar's soon-to-be-released Grand Theft Auto 4 has the potential to be one of the biggest titles of all time.
 
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
MPAA to broadband providers: Pull the plug on pirates
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Linux-Watch.com:
Red Hat posts great 2008 fiscal year earnings
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