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9:20 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: Apple 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.
Discussion: and
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 …
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
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 …
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, 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 …
Discussion: Greg Boser and digg
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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:
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Archos 705 "Mobile DVR" with WiFi unveiled, thanks FCC  —  Archos wasn't joshing around with this whole WiFi bit, and while that 604 WiFi of theirs might've gotten dinged a bit in the reviews, it seems that they're back for more with this new 704 WiFi that the FCC so kindly has revealed to us.
Discussion: digg
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).
Discussion: Forever Geek, Ubergizmo and Joystiq
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 …
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