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4:40 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
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 …
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
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
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu Technical Board votes on Compiz for Ubuntu 7.10  —  The Ubuntu Technical Board voted yesterday to ship Ubuntu 7.10 ("Gutsy") with Compiz enabled by default.  Although Compiz has been featured in Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe prerelesases, the board has had difficulty determining whether …
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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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Enterprise Collaboration
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deliGoo Mashes Google with del.icio.us
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Can Amazon Make Startupping A Science?
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Announcing FanCast mobile, chat, Twitter and Columbia Records
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
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
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