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11:30 AM ET, February 7, 2007

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Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
Bill Banning iPods In Crosswalks Slated For Albany  —  State Sen. Kruger: Electronic Devices Put Many In Danger  —  (CBS) NEW YORK First it was cell phones in cars, then trans fats.  Now, a new plan is on the table to ban gadget use while crossing city streets.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacUser
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Bill banning iPods and cellphones on New York City streets coming  —  Brace yourselves good people of New York, mother government is prepared to step in (again) and save you from yourselves.  Senator Carl Kruger is reportedly set to introduce legislation that would ban the use of MP3 players …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
wnbc.com:
Ban Proposed On Cell Phones, iPods In Crosswalk  —  Ban Would Apply To Cell Phones, MP3 players, Blackberrys  —  NEW YORK — A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry …
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Amazon, TiVo Pair Up For PC-To-DVR Downloads
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Will Steve Jobs drop iTunes DRM in a heartbeat?  —  It's been a couple of hours since Steve Jobs announced that he doesn't like DRM and wants to get rid of it (this is new news — Apple's previous position on this was that they'd have DRM even if the record companies didn't want it).
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MacNN:
Norway responds to Jobs' open DRM letter  —  Senior advisor Torgeir Waterhouse of the Norwegian Consumer Council has responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' open letter concerning digital rights management and free music, which the executive published earlier today.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is Barry Diller ready for foray into Web video?  —  NEW YORK—An often-overlooked fact is that the world has billionaire moguls Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch to thank for Bart Simpson, Jack Bauer and Bill O'Reilly.  —  Diller and Murdoch, once friendly enough to collaborate …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
@ Media Summit: Barry Diller's Keynote: Future of YouTube: I have No Clue
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.  —  Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted …
Dameon Welch-Abernathy / Web Worker Daily:
5 SKYPE TIPS FOR WEB WORKERS  —  As a Web Worker, you have undoubtedly used, tried, or at least heard of Skype, that wonderful peer-to-peer IM/voice tool that end users love, but security administrators detest.  —  Thanks to both the efforts of Skype and a series of third party application developers …
Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment Acquires Putfile.com and Increases Audience to More Than 13.7 Million Unique Visitors and 83 Million Page Views  —  The $7.1 Million Acquisition of Putfile.com Transforms HandHeld Entertainment's Network of User-Generated Web Sites into a Significant Worldwide Online Video Network
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and alarm:clock
Mike / Techdirt:
FCC Continues To Fudge Broadband Numbers  —  from the nice-try-there dept  —  The FCC has been called out repeatedly by the GAO for fudging the numbers on broadband penetration in the US, so it's no surprise at all to hear they're doing it again with the latest report.
Deborah Yao / Business Week:
Comcast, Facebook to launch video series  —  Comcast Corp. and Facebook.com are joining forces to create a television series from user-generated videos that will appear online and through video on demand.  —  Called "Facebook Diaries," the series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes produced …
Washington Post:
Google Still Searching For Recognition in D.C.  —  Two minutes before his introduction on stage yesterday, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt walked across the ballroom of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel unnoticed by most of the pinstriped crowd dining on crab cakes and tenderloin.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T's 'Free Call' Bill: $2 Million  —  Guess who got stuck with a big bill for all those "free" international calls touted by outfits like FuturePhone?  None other than AT&T, which has filed a lawsuit in Iowa claiming that "deceitful and unlawful schemes" like FuturePhone's caused a jump …
Discussion: Roam4free
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
How to measure anything with a camera and software  —  Quick, when I say iPhoto, you think of what.  Apple, right?  Difficult as it may be, forget Apple for a second and add the word "measure" as in iPhotoMEASURE.  What is it?  Well, what if I told you that you could use a digital camera …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Senator to propose surveillance of illegal images  —  A forthcoming bill in the U.S. Senate lays the groundwork for a national database of illegal images that Internet service providers would use to automatically flag and report suspicious content to police.
 
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At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Outsourcing your 'Warcraft' skills
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Anyone Can Sign up for a Gmail Account
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
SideStep raises $15M to do battle in online travel search
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple asks FCC for iPhone confidentiality until June 15th
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Rockstar Games announces Manhunt 2 for the PlayStation®2 …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MySpace's Deal With Google Hits a Bump, With eBay In The Middle: WSJ
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Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
CRM Roundup  —  Here is the fourth edition of our Weekly Office 2.0 Roundup.
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25 things to see at the Googleplex before you die
vnunet:
BBC slammed for Microsoft lock-in
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post Co's Mark Whitaker Says "Video is the Next Great …
Discussion: John Furrier and 901am
Mike / Techdirt:
Court Awards Wrongly Sued Woman Legal Fees From The RIAA …
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Is this the newspaper of the future?
 

 
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