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11:55 AM ET, February 28, 2007

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House Bill Seeks to Exempt Backups from DMCA Violation  —  In an announcement this afternoon prior to the publication of the bill by the Library of Congress, Reps. Rick Boucher (D - VA) and John Doolittle (R - CA) introduced a bill that apparently would grant a new exemption for private …
Discussion: Techdirt and broadbandreports.com
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Digital 'Fair Use' Bill Introduced In Congress
Discussion: Slashdot, Gizmodo, TechSpot News and 901am
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Digital Fair Use bill introduced to US House (sans teeth)
Derek Slater / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Action Alert - Support the FAIR USE Act!
Discussion: Podcasting News
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Low turnout for Silicon Valley Tech Policy Summit - do tech companies care about policy?  —  There was a low turnout at the Silicon Valley Tech Policy Summit in San Jose that was attributed to six inches of snow in Washington D.C. which grounded travelers.  —  But that doesn't explain …
Discussion: The 463
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Music executives lament state of industry  —  NEW YORK—The discussions at a music conference here Tuesday started with an all-around bashing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs before moving to the plethora of issues plaguing the music industry.  —  Apple, digital rights management (DRM) …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   iLike Growing Quickly, Still Massively Trailing Last.fm
John Fontana / Network World:
Mac OS being infused with the tools of the corporate IT trade, but can it catch on?  —  Users say Intel-based Macs are changing the landscape slowly.  —  Apple, long a ghost in the corporate-infrastructure mainstream, is beginning to cast a shadow as IT departments discover Mac platforms …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Monitoring Buries At Digg  —  Earlier this month, I wrote a long article looking at how some people at Digg might bury stories just because they disliked the topic rather than the story content itself.  Indeed, many doing buries might not have read the article.
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Washington Post:
Google Searches For Government Work  —  Google, meet Uncle Sam.  —  The search engine giant showed off its ambition yesterday to expand its business with the federal government, kicking off a two-day sales meeting that attracted nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers and uniformed military members eager …
The Head Lemur / raving lunacy:
Ning - the Latest Sharecropping Network  —  From out of the bowels of Palo Alto California and the brain of Marc Andressen comes NING!  —  The latest in a long line of Sharecropper Social Networks built with Individual Created Expressions.  —  According to this entry Sharecropping is:
Discussion: SMC and Eric Rice
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Scott Kirsner / Variety:
Academy threatens YouTube  —  Site removes unauthorized Oscar clips  —  Web surfers will no longer be reliving the magic moments of the 2007 Oscarcast via YouTube.  The vid-viewing site complied with a Tuesday request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to remove all unauthorized clips of the kudocast.
Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile iPhone Edition: The Movie  —  If just seeing wasn't believing, here's a video that shows the Windows Mobile iPhone skin in action.  —  Most of the icons are just shortcuts to the equivalent apps on Windows Mobile, but the most impressive thing must be the screensaver and the scrolling.
BBC:
Fragrant future beckons for web  —  Within a decade the net will be able to deliver smells as fast as it does data, predicts a report.  —  The forecast came in a wide-ranging survey produced by the South Korean government to find out what consumers will want from future technologies.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Tom McNichol / Business 2.0:
Wikipedia founder hunts for gold  —  Jimmy Wales built Wikipedia into one of the largest and most collaborative sites on the Internet - but has yet to make his fortune.  Here's how he plans to fix that.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Jimmy Wales may have created the world's largest encyclopedia, but he can't keep his inbox in order.
Discussion: Valleywag
Jo Best / Business Week:
Nokia Tops in 2006 Smartphone Sales  —  Despite its underperformance in North America, the Finnish tech giant took 48% of market share.  RIM came in second  —  2006 was the year of the converged device with 80 million smart phones shipped worldwide, according to analysts …
Discussion: All About Symbian
Macenstein:
Using Safari can slow your system down as much as 76% vs Firefox  —  In the online technology forums, there is perhaps no greater battle than the one that inevitably ensues when tech geeks get together to decide which is better, Macs or PCs.  A close second to that battle, however, is which is the better web browser.
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Windows Vista  —  The privilege escalation bug enables regular users to elevate their status to system-level access.  —  A security vendor has found vulnerability with a 'medium' security rating in Microsoft's new operating system Windows Vista.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
A cure for e-mail attention disorder?  —  Corporate managers concerned about the amount of time employees spend sifting though mountains of unwanted e-mail may soon have World of Warcraft to thank for providing a solution.  —  That's because a Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up called Seriosity …
Discussion: AFK Gamer and Mary's Blog
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
Google Lays Groundwork for TV Scatter Sales Sortie  —  Advertises for TV Ad Chief, Negotiates to Peddle Upfront Spillover  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google is looking for a head of national TV sales.  The recruitment ad, posted on its website, says the winning candidate will build a …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Kate Zimmermann / SearchViews:
Google Conducts Study of Advertising across Traditional Media
Discussion: Screenwerk
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Software For Virtual Teams  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  It's 2007 and no longer do startup employees, or even those of medium-size and large companies, need to be located in the same place.  Instead, more and more companies are going virtual.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
WHO NEEDS A CIO?  —  I'm still musing over an eye-opening experience a few months ago when I spoke at CIO Magazine's annual conference.  You might have expected, as I had, that most Chief Information Officers wanted to know about the latest trends in technology so they could keep ahead of the curve.
 
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