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4:45 PM 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.
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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 …
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 …
Gizmodo:   iPod and Cellphone Ban Coming to NYC?
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
RIAA misreads Jobs' open letter on DRM, thinks he's offering to license FairPlay
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Chris Thilk / Open The Dialogue:
Get a Jobs and get a clue
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and JasonKolb.com
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
GOP revives ISP-tracking legislation  —  All Internet service providers would need to track their customers' online activities to aid police in future investigations under legislation introduced Tuesday as part of a Republican "law and order agenda."  —  Employees of any Internet provider …
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
More People Can Sign up for a Gmail Account  —  Although Google posted in Gmail's help that "anyone in the world is now welcome to create a Gmail account at mail.google.com/mail/signup", Google's definition of the world was pretty limited.  —  Gmail is now a public beta in Europe …
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Matt Loney / CNET News.com:
Google opens Gmail to all  —  Google on Wednesday said its Gmail service is now open to anyone who wants an account.  Previously the service, which provides users with 2.8GB of e-mail storage space, has been by invitation only.  —  The service, known as Google Mail in the U.K., has proved very popular.
Discussion: Gizmodo and ResourceShelf
Gamasutra:
SOE's Station Exchange - The Results of a Year of Trading  —  John Smedley is CEO of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) (makers of Everquest 2 and Star Wars Galaxies), and sometimes serves as a lightning rod for debate in the Massively Multiplayer genre.  SOE and Mr. Smedley made the bold decision …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   Real-world success with virtual goods
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 …
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
IMIFIED: USE INSTANT MESSAGES FOR MORE THAN JUST CHAT  —  Here's an interesting new web application...IMified.  Use your favorite instant messenger application to add notes, reminders and even blog entries to a website or supported services.  Why would you want to do this?  It's easy and uncomplicated.
Financial Times:
NBC's Zucker lashes out at YouTube  —  Jeff Zucker, on his first day as chief executive of NBC Universal, came out swinging at YouTube, accusing the online video site of failing to deploy its technology to protect the copyrighted materials of traditional media companies.
Yahoo! Search blog:
A Search Box that Fits  —  Since launching Yahoo! Search Builder back in August we've received a lot of great feedback and have been working to address the issues nearest and dearest to our users.  We've noticed a lot of talk around the width of the search box being too wide and not easily fitting …
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft's Open XML Format Hits Roadblocks in U.S., Abroad  —  Microsoft's goal of getting governments across the globe to embrace its Office Open XML format has hit roadblocks in both the United States and abroad.  —  In the United States, legislation was introduced in Texas and Minnesota …
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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Reuters:
Despite lawsuits, digital music downloads grow
Discussion: TechSpot News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Archos 705 "Mobile DVR" with WiFi unveiled, thanks FCC
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Send for the search party, Google gives a bum steer
Peter Clarke / InformationWeek:
What's Inside Apple's iPhone? Three ARM Processors
Google Blogoscoped:
Some Googleplex Photos  —  An air cannon challenge …
Microsoft:
Bill Gates, Craig Mundie: RSA Conference 2007
Jason Schultz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Big Win for Innocent RIAA Defendant
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 Earlier Items: 
Dell:
Dell Adds Anti-Theft Security for Notebook Computers
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and I4U News
Business Wire:
News Corporation Reports Second Quarter Operating Income of $1.1 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Condé Nast Launches Flip
Think Secret:
At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista
Mike / Techdirt:
FCC Continues To Fudge Broadband Numbers
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
SideStep raises $15M to do battle in online travel search
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Google Still Searching For Recognition in D.C.
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