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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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Using a crosswalk in New York? "NO iPOD FOR YOU!"
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Macsimum News
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
RIAA misreads Jobs' open letter on DRM, thinks he's offering to license FairPlay  —  Steve Jobs' open letter about DRM and music yesterday definitely got a lot of tongues wagging, but there's one group that might want to re-read what he wrote.  Bit Player (you gotta scroll down to the bottom of the post) …
Discussion: TechBlog, digg and Listening Post
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Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Jobs to DRM: Drop Dead  —  Steve Jobs posted an essay of sorts today on Apple.com dubbed "Thoughts on Music."  It's not really about music, though; it's about the way the major record labels have been selling their products online.  In particular, Jobs urged the labels to drop their demand …
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 …
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.
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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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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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Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
Structuring our announcement  —  I felt we needed an objective criterion for deciding who to approach as representative of the OpenID community.  —  Posted on Wednesday 7 February 2007  —  Identity Woman Kaliya, who is a key community figure and has played a pivotal role in bringing everyone together …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft will support OpenID
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Social Networking For Change(.org)  —  Nonprofit social networking site Change.org is launching this morning and hopes to change the way the average person or activist interacts with nonprofits.  The site focuses on getting users to issues they care about - ending hunger, stopping global warming, etc.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Victim of RIAA "driftnet" awarded attorneys' fees  —  Some of you may remember Capitol Record v. Debbie Foster, where the RIAA sued an Oklahoma woman over copyright infringement.  In July, the case against her was dismissed with prejudice, which, in the eyes of the judge, made her the prevailing party.
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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 …
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 …
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Iotum at DemoCamp - Photo and Video Highlights  —  DemoCamp 12 was held on Monday here in Toronto.  This is a very vibrant community, but one that I don't normally spend time with.  It's a great forum for aspiring tech entrepreneurs to demonstrate their technology, and probably more importantly, get candid feedback from their peers.
 
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Gizmodo:
Dealzmodo (??): Apple iPod Hi-Fi, $87 B&M
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
When Security Companies Fail
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
U.K. researchers devise smart-card hack
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 …
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Bill Gates, Craig Mundie: RSA Conference 2007
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft's Open XML Format Hits Roadblocks in U.S., Abroad
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Voulez-vous...collaborate...avec moi ce soir?
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
IMIFIED: USE INSTANT MESSAGES FOR MORE THAN JUST CHAT
Financial Times:
NBC's Zucker lashes out at YouTube
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is Barry Diller ready for foray into Web video?
Think Secret:
At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista
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Rockstar Games announces Manhunt 2 for the PlayStation®2 …
 

 
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