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3:45 PM ET, September 13, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use: Worth More To The Economy Than Copyright?
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:   Does copyright create $2.2 trillion in value? No, but fair use does
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.
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
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Announcing FanCast mobile, chat, Twitter and Columbia Records  —  We're excited to announce today a new partnership with Columbia Records and three major new features to make the SplashCast experience more interactive than ever.  New York's Coheed and Cambria is the first Columbia band to have an artist channel built by SplashCast.
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Tris Hussey / The blognation:
SplashCast Signs Deal with Columbia Records, Integrates Twitter & Mobile
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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.
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and Morning Paper
Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:
Reverting Back to Original "Average Time on Site" Calculation Today  —  We recently introduced a new way of calculating "Average Time on Site" that removed visitors who "bounce" from your website (people who hit one page of your site and then leave).  This updated calculation attempted to give …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Analytics Was Partly Showing Wrong Absolute Visitors
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.
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.
Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hacks come to life  —  By now, hopefully you're familiar with our Hack@Yahoo! program, where developers build cool tools or functionality on top of Yahoo! products.  Maybe you attended or read about our "Open Hack Day" last September (does a free Beck concert on the Yahoo! lawn ring a bell?).
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
deliGoo Mashes Google with del.icio.us  —  deliGoo is a nifty new add on for Firefox 2.0+ and IE 6.0+ that mashes up del.icio.us with Google Custom Search.  The way it works is by creating a Google Custom Search engine based on all of a user's del.icio.us bookmarks, all of the bookmarks under a single tag …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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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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Aron Pruiett / PodTech.net:
Enterprise Collaboration
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Media companies don't understand Facebook
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Can Amazon Make Startupping A Science?
Discussion: Computerworld
Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Ringtones and Games
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Andrew / Gaming Today:
Texas GameStop Manager Only Sells to Good Students
Discussion: Computerworld and The Raw Feed
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung, Armani Phone Outed
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to tweak search in Vista SP1 in response to concerns
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Some Details About Google Related Genome Start-up, 23andMe
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and Mashable!
BBC:
Cancelled TV show goes to MySpace
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: The Register
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Company vows to deliver big cuts in data center costs
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Web Video's Audience Likes 2.7 Minutes at a Time
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone now software unlocked in 32 countries and 69 carriers
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Eons Announces Big Layoffs as Company Refocuses on Social Networking …
 

 
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