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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: Monkey Bites, Apple Gazette and digg
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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 …
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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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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Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Why Socially Driven Sites Hate SEOs  —  If you look at the list of domains banned by the socially driven news and content behemoth Digg.com, you will find that a majority of them are SEO-related sites.  While many people think that Digg has an irrational vendetta against these sites …
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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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 announced  —  Microsoft's finally ready to take the wraps off Windows Mobile 6, the long-awaited successor to Windows Mobile 5 (what else?) that's been baking in the oven for a while now as "Crossbow."  The platform formerly known as Pocket PC Phone Edition has become Windows Mobile 6 …
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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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.
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
RSA '07: Bruce Schneier casts light on psychology of security  —  Security decisions often are much less rational than one would prefer, Schneier says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the security industry's most outspoken experts, Bruce Schneier, spoke at RSA Conference on the topic …
Discussion: Schneier on Security and Slashdot
Tropicaljantie / Watching, Testing, Digesting:
Somebody noticed that Skype Reads Your BIOS and Motherboard Serial Number.  What PR-answer will we get now ?  —  Important enough to mention it here.  Read this entry by myria.  —  If this is all true (we will know once it is better documented, I guess) this then means that too many "confidential data" are located on one spot.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense and Slashdot
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 …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scrapblog New Release Coming  —  Tomorrow, Scrapblog, a hybrid media-sharing and online journal site, will be demoing the new version of their Flash-based online scrapbook application tomorrow at the We Media Conference in Miami.  The public version of the new product will be out in March.
Discussion: Web Strategy and hyku | blog
Peter Clarke / InformationWeek:
What's Inside Apple's iPhone?  Three ARM Processors  —  The president of England's ARM Holdings confirmed that "at least three" processor cores developed at his company are inside Apple's iPhone, though Apple isn't confirming anything.  —  EE Times Europe
David Hinkle / DS Fanboy:
Nintendo thought about going into the cell phone business?  —  We never would've thought Nintendo was looking to the mobile phone industry with any kind of plans for branching out, but according to the linked patent, which was filed in November 2001 and issued in June 2006, they were (and could still be).
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.
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:
Davidweiss / Mac Mojo:
Birthday Gift for MacBU  —  Yesterday, as I walked from the dark parking garage to begin my day of work, I remembered that we were celebrating MacBU's 10th anniversary!  The clouds were thinning and I looked around to see if perchance, the cloudy weather would abate, even a little bit for our big party.
 
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