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9:50 AM ET, February 28, 2007

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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Digital Fair Use bill introduced to US House (sans teeth)  —  U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA) today announced the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (FAIR USE Act).  The bill's aim is to help put an end to the madness circulating around …
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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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Slashdot
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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) …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   iLike Growing Quickly, Still Massively Trailing Last.fm
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 …
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Kate Zimmermann / SearchViews:
Google Conducts Study of Advertising across Traditional Media
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Neowin.net
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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 …
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Ning is Neat  —  Until last week, I was only vaguely aware of the Web service known as Ning—and the main thing I knew was that it had been co-founded by Marc Andreessen, the man without whom the Web as we know it might not exist.  —  Andreessen and Ning co-founder Gina Bianchini visited PC World …
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: Techdirt
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Mike / Techdirt:
Judge Says Search Engines Have No Obligation To Carry Ads They Don't Like  —  from the as-you-might-expect dept  —  As the various search engines, lead mainly by Google, have become more and more important in every day life, it seems that some people seem to be assuming that they now represent …
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Digital Life
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.
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.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
GooTube lookout: Jeremy Allaire debuts "Aftermix" as part of a re-tooled Brightcove  —  Shortly after Adobe's senior vice president and chief architect Kevin Lynch gave an overview of the company's roadmap for its Apollo platform here at the company's Engage event, developers who are working …
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Anti-RIAA Manifesto  —  In case you missed it, last Friday we declared the month of March Boycott the RIAA Month.  We've gotten sick and tired of always seeing the RIAA pulling deplorable moves and decided it was time for us to do something about it.  We're kicking the month off with this, our manifesto.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Sharpens Malware Alerts for Webmasters  —  Google improves the way it notifies sites that they are afflicted with malware.  —  Google Inc. has enhanced the way it notifies webmasters that their sites contain malware, improving on a service the Mountain View, California …
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: YouTube watermarks
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MSNBC:
Costco tightens return policy on electronics
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Crave and Gizmodo
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
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
A CBS Take on the YouTube Madness
Tim Nudd / adfreak:
Swiss paper publishes this bogus Gucci ad
Discussion: Adrants
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
YouTube's emerging strategy, to pay revenue on pirated music
Steve Bryant / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood too often misses the moment
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Top 13 iTunes AppleScripts
Discussion: Monkey Bites and digg
Joe / Techdirt:
Are Public TV Stations Seeking To Limit Consumer Choice?
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
January Search Market Share: Tough Start to the Year for Most
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Outside.in Gets Cash for Geocoding the Blogosphere
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here's My Proof
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Grows the Pie; MySpace Suffers
Discussion: Beet.TV and Screenwerk
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why Valley VCs Are Like the Mob
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BRAVIA FLAT-PANEL LCD HDTVs WITH INTERNET VIDEO …