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5:10 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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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
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Some Details About Google Related Genome Start-up, 23andMe
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and 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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Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
Google to put $30 million behind lunar robot  —  LOS ANGELES—Google on Thursday is expected to announce plans to sponsor the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the moon with a purse of $30 million.  —  The contest invites private teams from around the world to build a robotic rover capable …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Mashable! and 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
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
Tom Ivan / Next Generation:
Xbox Live Abusers Gone Phishing  —  Microsoft has told Next-Gen that fraudulent activity known as phishing is being used to take over Xbox Live subscribers' accounts.  —  Reports on the Xbox forums this week indicated that Xbox Live users were being targeted in a security scam by phishers …
Discussion: Kotaku, Valleywag, Switched and Game | Life
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Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:   Microsoft warns of Xbox Live phishers
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.
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
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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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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Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc
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