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12:25 PM ET, February 28, 2007

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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Digital 'Fair Use' Bill Introduced In Congress  —  Today, Reps. Rich Boucher (D-Va.) and John Dolittle (R-Calif.) introduced what they call the "Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship" (or FAIR USE) Act they say will make it easier for digital media consumers to use the content they buy.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Digital Fair Use bill introduced to US House (sans teeth)
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.
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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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Mike / Techdirt:
Silicon Valley Tech Policy Summit Has Plenty Of Tech Policy... Not Much Silicon Valley  —  from the where-is-everyone dept  —  On Monday, I attended the Silicon Valley Tech Policy Summit, and wrote about a few of the panels and talks at the event.  While the list of speakers was impressive …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Profy.Com
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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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
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.
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
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Publishing Houses Think That Expensive, Fragmented And Limited …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mystery TomTom GPS unit hits FCC
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Smaran / TorrentFreak:
MPAA: We Were Only Testing Forest Blog
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
mesh 2007 is a go for launch!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
A cure for e-mail attention disorder?
Discussion: AFK Gamer and Mary's Blog
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Christian Group Preps To Attack Wii
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: YouTube watermarks
Discussion: Techdirt
MSNBC:
Costco tightens return policy on electronics
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Crave and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Understanding the True Cost of Windows
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Google: The British Are Coming For GMail!
Discussion: Profy.Com
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Software For Virtual Teams
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
A CBS Take on the YouTube Madness
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Sharpens Malware Alerts for Webmasters
Discussion: Neowin.net
Read/WriteWeb:
Top 100 Alternative Search Engines, February 2007 Edition
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
WHO NEEDS A CIO?  —  I'm still musing over an eye-opening experience …
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Anti-RIAA Manifesto