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7:25 PM ET, February 7, 2007


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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 …
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 and digg
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Jobs to DRM: Drop Dead  —  Steve Jobs posted an essay of sorts today on 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 …
Matt Loney / CNET
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.
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", Google's definition of the world was pretty limited.  —  Gmail is now a public beta in Europe …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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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Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 …
TiVo and Announce New Service Enabling Amazon Unbox Video Downloads to TiVo  —  TiVo Subscribers Will Soon Be Able to Watch Amazon Unbox Movies and TV Shows on Their TVs  —  ALVISO, Calif. & SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 7, 2007—TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET   Real-world success with virtual goods
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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft will support OpenID
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6
Jason Schultz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Big Win for Innocent RIAA Defendant  —  Good news today from the great state of Oklahoma.  Debbie Foster, a single mom who was improperly sued by the RIAA back in 2004 for file sharing, has won back her attorneys' fees.  The decision today is one of the first in the country to award attorneys fees …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Social Networking For Change(.org)  —  Nonprofit social networking site 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.
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 …
SEM Punch:
Yahoo Bugs Deactivate Advertiser Accounts - Google Laughs  —  Just as I thought my Yahoo experience couldn't get worse, an even more ridiculous thing happened to me yesterday - my entire Yahoo account was put offline and traffic stopped.  I simply got the follwoing message in my account:
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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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
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Some Googleplex Photos  —  An air cannon challenge …
Bill Gates, Craig Mundie: RSA Conference 2007
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Londonist Interviews A Very Kind Man
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Voulez-vous...collaborate...avec moi ce soir?
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NBC's Zucker lashes out at YouTube
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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Think Secret:
At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista
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