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6:25 PM ET, September 13, 2007

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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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Nick / Rough Type:
A very silly report on "fair use"  —  The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group for tech companies, has just issued a report called "Fair Use in the U.S. Economy."  It purports to show that "the fair use economy" is larger than the "copyright economy."
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?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Google Public Policy Blog:   The economic value of "fair use"
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 and The Raw Feed
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googlelunarxprize.org:
Google Sponsors Lunar X PRIZE to Create a Space Race for a New Generation  —  $30 Million Purse to be Awarded to Winners  —  The X PRIZE Foundation and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse.
Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
Google puts $30 million behind lunar robot
Discussion: Ars Technica, Mashable! and WebProNews
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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Nate Clinton / TechNet Blogs:
How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date  —  There have been some questions raised about how we service the Windows Update components and concerns expressed about software installing silently.  I want to clarify the issue so that everyone can better understand why the self-updating of Windows Update acts the way it does.
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:   Microsoft: 'Secret' updates were for Windows Update
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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
Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
PRINCE LASHES OUT AT YOUTUBE, EBAY AND THE PIRATE BAY  —  In an attempt to "reclaim the Internet," Prince is preparing to file lawsuits against YouTube, eBay and The Pirate Bay, for allegedly encouraging copyright violations, according to one of his representatives.
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
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.
 
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