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12:50 PM 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.
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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: jkOnTheRun, CrunchGear and digg
wnbc.com:
Ban Proposed On Cell Phones, iPods In Crosswalk  —  Ban Would Apply To Cell Phones, MP3 players, Blackberrys  —  NEW YORK — A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry …
Gizmodo:   iPod and Cellphone Ban Coming to NYC?
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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.
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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).
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is Barry Diller ready for foray into Web video?  —  NEW YORK—An often-overlooked fact is that the world has billionaire moguls Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch to thank for Bart Simpson, Jack Bauer and Bill O'Reilly.  —  Diller and Murdoch, once friendly enough to collaborate …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
@ Media Summit: Barry Diller's Keynote: Future of YouTube: I have No Clue
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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 …
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Reuters:
Facebook ready to make TV debut
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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 …
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
IMIFIED: USE INSTANT MESSAGES FOR MORE THAN JUST CHAT  —  Here's an interesting new web application...IMified.  Use your favorite instant messenger application to add notes, reminders and even blog entries to a website or supported services.  Why would you want to do this?  It's easy and uncomplicated.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Anyone Can Sign up for a Gmail Account  —  Gmail is now a public beta.  Go to Gmail.com, and look for "Sign up for Gmail" or go to this page.  After almost three years of invitation-only access, Gmail gradually opened in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Egypt and now everywhere.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Senator to propose surveillance of illegal images  —  A forthcoming bill in the U.S. Senate lays the groundwork for a national database of illegal images that Internet service providers would use to automatically flag and report suspicious content to police.
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 Miller / Engadget:
Apple asks FCC for iPhone confidentiality until June 15th  —  Who's going to crack first?  Sure, the FCC is going to be sitting on the External Photos, Internal Setup, Test Setup Photos and a User Manual, all of which Apple has specifically asked it to keep confidential …
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Mike / Techdirt:
FCC Continues To Fudge Broadband Numbers  —  from the nice-try-there dept  —  The FCC has been called out repeatedly by the GAO for fudging the numbers on broadband penetration in the US, so it's no surprise at all to hear they're doing it again with the latest report.
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, alarm:clock and PaidContent
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 …
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Rand Fishkin, the SUPER Man  —  Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz comes clean with a super secret... he was "that guy" who wanted to propose to his girlfriend during a SuperBowl commercial.  Yes folks, the blogger behind MySuperProposal.com was in fact Rand Fishkin, and with a lot of help from Joseph Morin …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and TV Gal
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Think Secret:
At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista  —  Apple has been waging a quiet war against Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system in its television ads and on its Web site.  Now, the Mac maker is bringing the fight to its chain of 170 retail stores, as well.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
GOP revives ISP-tracking legislation
Dell:
Dell Adds Anti-Theft Security for Notebook Computers
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Business Wire:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Condé Nast Launches Flip
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Financial Times:
NBC's Zucker lashes out at YouTube
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Mike / Techdirt:
Court Awards Wrongly Sued Woman Legal Fees From The RIAA …
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