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Google gets in the music groove

week in review Google launches its music store effort, while debate rages over anti-piracy bill. Also: Kindle Fire hits the streets.

week in review Google is getting into the music business.

The Web giant launched Google Music, a service that takes advantage of Google search technology as well as its ability to tap the tastes of a user's friends to recommend songs. With three of the four major record labels now participating in the service, users will also be able to buy music.

The beta version of Google Music, which debuted in May, didn't include the ability to buy songs from labels. But users could upload their entire music libraries to Google's servers, making those tunes available to stream from any browser or Android-based device, such as a phone, a tablet, or Google TV.
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