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www.ccianet.org:
Fair Use Economy Represents One-Sixth of U.S. GDP  —  WASHINGTON D.C. - Fair Use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws are responsible for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the findings of an unprecedented economic study released today.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use: Worth More To The Economy Than Copyright?  —  I've been doing some research over the last few months into the economic impact of products where intellectual property protections are either ignored or non-existent, to see how the economics plays out.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Google Public Policy Blog:
The economic value of "fair use"
Discussion: Rough Type
Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
Mum is no longer the word  —  OK, folks, what does this cryptic invite mean?  Suggestions in the comments!  —  Just to quell any conspiracy theories, the blanked out text is just the RSVP email address and phone number; we thought it only polite to hide them.
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Reuters:
Apple calls on UK press as iPhone talk swirls  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is calling a London news conference next Tuesday as speculation mounts that the consumer electronics guru will unveil long-awaited plans to bring its iconic iPhone cell phones to Europe.
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 finds Apple revenue-sharing to its taste  —  O2, the mobile phone company, laid the groundwork yesterday for an announcement of a tie-up with Apple to sell the US firm's iPhone handset.  —  Peter Erskine, the O2 chief executive, defended Apple's insistence that it receives a share of revenues from calls made on iPhones.
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent  —  Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates.  —  Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses …
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:   Microsoft: 'Secret' updates were for Windows Update
Nate Clinton / TechNet Blogs:
How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date
BBC:
Google backs private Moon landing  —  Search giant Google is offering a $30m prize pot to private firms that land a robot rover on the Moon.  —  The competition to send a robot craft to the Moon is being run with the X-Prize Foundation.  —  To claim the cash, any craft reaching …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
Google to put $30 million behind lunar robot
Discussion: WebProNews
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPod touch  —  When the iPhone came out in June, many people (myself included) loved it, but wanted it without the phone—and that pesky two-year contract with AT&T Wireless.  I'm no luddite, but I don't want my personal media player to ring in the middle of a song.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, MacUser and Morning Paper
Associated Press:
Google pays $1.3M to fly jet from NASA airport  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are paying $1.3 million a year so their Boeing 767 plane can take off, land and park at a NASA-managed airport located just a few minutes away from the Internet search leader's Silicon Valley headquarters.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Want to 'converse' with advertisers?  Me neither  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—I admit it; I'm cynical when it comes to advertising and marketing.  I believe that the sole purpose of advertising is to convince me to part with my well-earned and limited supply of money and persuade …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics Was Partly Showing Wrong Absolute Visitors  —  Google's web statistics service, Analytics, was partly showing the wrong value for "Absolute Unique Visitors," Google said in a statement.  This bug is fixed now, Google says, and was only restricted to the Absolute Unique …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:   Reverting Back to Original "Average Time on Site" Calculation Today
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft warns of Xbox Live phishers  —  Phishing, the act of using social engineering to acquire sensitive data from a person, is a hard security issue to deal with.  Unfortunately for Microsoft, Xbox Live users have now become a popular phishing target.  —  Following a series …
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Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
Xbox Live Abusers Gone Phishing
Discussion: Kotaku, Valleywag, Switched and Game | Life
Reuters:
Verizon Wireless files suit over FCC auction rules  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless has asked a federal court to overturn open-access rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is imposing on the winner of valuable wireless airwaves to be auctioned this winter.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Virgin America Announce In-flight Broadband Details  —  Virgin America has partnered with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi to VA's entire fleet in early 2008.  American Airlines inked a deal earlier this year with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi, but VA seems to be a bit more proactive.
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc  —  Sony Corp. is increasing its bet on Blu-ray Disc and plans to ditch DVD and use the high-definition video disc format in all future digital video recorders in Japan, the company said Wednesday.  —  The announcement was made at the same time as Sony …
Discussion: BetaNews and The Register
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
UK's mobile telecom research program says cell phones are safe
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Reuters:
Dutch police raid illegal DVD plant
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu Technical Board votes on Compiz for Ubuntu 7.10
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deliGoo Mashes Google with del.icio.us
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Beyond Ringtones and Games
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Web Video's Audience Likes 2.7 Minutes at a Time
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