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2:30 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?
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.
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USA Today:
Digital content coming to TVs  —  NEW YORK — TiVo and Amazon will unveil Wednesday a service that lets customers buy and download movies and TV shows to their TiVo DVR for viewing on their TVs — one-upping rivals offering such downloads only to computers.  —  The companies say they will test …
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget and Gadgetell
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: 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 …
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
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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.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Anyone Can Sign up for a Gmail Account  —  Gmail is now a public beta.  Go to Gmail.com, and look for "Sign up for Gmail" or go to this page.  After almost three years of invitation-only access, Gmail gradually opened in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Egypt and now everywhere.
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 …
Reuters:
Facebook ready to make TV debut  —  Facebook.com, the social-networking Web site, said Tuesday it is moving into television by teaming up with cable operator Comcast's online video site Ziddio to produce a new series from users' clips called Facebook Diaries.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Matusow's Blog and Groklaw
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.
 
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Jason Schultz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Big Win for Innocent RIAA Defendant
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Business Wire:
News Corporation Reports Second Quarter Operating Income of $1.1 …
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Condé Nast Launches Flip
Financial Times:
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ir.take2games.com:
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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