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11:25 AM ET, February 7, 2007

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Lou Young / WCBS-TV:
Bill Banning iPods In Crosswalks Slated For Albany  —  State Sen. Kruger: Electronic Devices Put Many In Danger  —  (CBS) NEW YORK First it was cell phones in cars, then trans fats.  Now, a new plan is on the table to ban gadget use while crossing city streets.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacUser
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Bill banning iPods and cellphones on New York City streets coming  —  Brace yourselves good people of New York, mother government is prepared to step in (again) and save you from yourselves.  Senator Carl Kruger is reportedly set to introduce legislation that would ban the use of MP3 players …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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Gizmodo:
Breaking: Tivo Boxes to Download Amazon Unboxed Videos  —  Amazon and TiVo just made me wet my pants with what could be a killer app in the digital video distribution arms race: TiVo Series 3 and 2 set top boxes will be living room conduits for content from Amazon's Unbox video download service.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Amazon, TiVo Pair Up For PC-To-DVR Downloads
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Amazon Unbox, Now Playing on TiVo
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Will Steve Jobs drop iTunes DRM in a heartbeat?  —  It's been a couple of hours since Steve Jobs announced that he doesn't like DRM and wants to get rid of it (this is new news — Apple's previous position on this was that they'd have DRM even if the record companies didn't want it).
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MacNN:
Norway responds to Jobs' open DRM letter  —  Senior advisor Torgeir Waterhouse of the Norwegian Consumer Council has responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' open letter concerning digital rights management and free music, which the executive published earlier today.
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.  —  Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted …
Dameon Welch-Abernathy / Web Worker Daily:
5 SKYPE TIPS FOR WEB WORKERS  —  As a Web Worker, you have undoubtedly used, tried, or at least heard of Skype, that wonderful peer-to-peer IM/voice tool that end users love, but security administrators detest.  —  Thanks to both the efforts of Skype and a series of third party application developers …
Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment Acquires Putfile.com and Increases Audience to More Than 13.7 Million Unique Visitors and 83 Million Page Views  —  The $7.1 Million Acquisition of Putfile.com Transforms HandHeld Entertainment's Network of User-Generated Web Sites into a Significant Worldwide Online Video Network
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and alarm:clock
Deborah Yao / Business Week:
Comcast, Facebook to launch video series  —  Comcast Corp. and Facebook.com are joining forces to create a television series from user-generated videos that will appear online and through video on demand.  —  Called "Facebook Diaries," the series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes produced …
Washington Post:
Google Still Searching For Recognition in D.C.  —  Two minutes before his introduction on stage yesterday, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt walked across the ballroom of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel unnoticed by most of the pinstriped crowd dining on crab cakes and tenderloin.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T's 'Free Call' Bill: $2 Million  —  Guess who got stuck with a big bill for all those "free" international calls touted by outfits like FuturePhone?  None other than AT&T, which has filed a lawsuit in Iowa claiming that "deceitful and unlawful schemes" like FuturePhone's caused a jump …
Discussion: Roam4free
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
How to measure anything with a camera and software  —  Quick, when I say iPhoto, you think of what.  Apple, right?  Difficult as it may be, forget Apple for a second and add the word "measure" as in iPhotoMEASURE.  What is it?  Well, what if I told you that you could use a digital camera …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
@ Media Summit: Barry Diller's Keynote: Future of YouTube: I have No Clue  —  In the very full auditorium in the McGraw-Hill Building (when will they move this conference to a bigger hotel...spend some money, will ya?), where Barry Diller is getting ready to give the opening Q&A keynote.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
SideStep raises $15M to do battle in online travel search  —  SideStep, the travel search engine, has raised $15 million in a third round of funding to help it stay competitive and to venture into other areas.  —  The travel industry is packed.  Other players offer search.
Discussion: PE HUB and Screenwerk
ir.take2games.com:
Rockstar Games announces Manhunt 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Wii™  —  Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce Manhunt 2 …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MySpace's Deal With Google Hits a Bump, With eBay In The Middle: WSJ
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vnunet:
BBC slammed for Microsoft lock-in
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Disney.com Re-Launch Has Widgets But Still No Web 2.0
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post Co's Mark Whitaker Says "Video is the Next Great …
Discussion: John Furrier and 901am
Mike / Techdirt:
Court Awards Wrongly Sued Woman Legal Fees From The RIAA …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
6 Startup Lessons For The Year 2007
Discussion: digg