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2:20 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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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 …
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 …
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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 and Between the Lines
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.
Reuters:
Publishers allow book browsing on the Web  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dusty world of book publishing has taken a step into cyberspace as Random House and HarperCollins letting customers browse books online.  —  Random House, whose writers include Danielle Steel and Norman Mailer …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Search Support for 'NOYDIR' Meta Tags and Weather Update  —  We're adding support for the Meta tag called 'NOYDIR' that will complement the 'NOODP' Meta tag, which we already support.  If you're unfamiliar, the 'NOODP' Meta tag is basically a way for webmasters to indicate that Open Directory Project …
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Patently Bad Move Gags Critics  —  Guess what?  Radio frequency identification tags are insecure.  But don't demonstrate the technology's problems at a security conference.  If you do, HID Global, a manufacturer of access-control devices, might sue you for patent infringement.
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Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Lawsuits, patent claims silence Black Hat talk
Hyatt / Surfin' Safari:
Background Music  —  macenstein.com has an interesting article about a slowdown in other applications when a Safari window with a specific set of pages is loaded in the background.  What a browser should do when it is the background application is actually extremely complex …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Enterprise Open Source / ENTERPRISE OPEN SOURCE …:
How Open Is "Open"?  - Industry Luminaries Join the Debate  —  Need an "open source" company nowadays merely be "a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company"?  —  Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" …
Discussion: Slashdot and O'Reilly Radar
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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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
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Tablesaw / GameSetWatch:
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Sony:
SONY SETS PRICE AND SHIPPING DATE FOR BRAVIA INTERNET VIDEO LINK
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mystery TomTom GPS unit hits FCC
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MPAA: We Were Only Testing Forest Blog
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
mesh 2007 is a go for launch!
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
New Vulnerability Found In Microsoft's Windows Vista
MSNBC:
Costco tightens return policy on electronics
Discussion: CrunchGear, VoIP Blog, Crave and Gizmodo
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
Tom McNichol / Business 2.0:
Wikipedia founder hunts for gold
Discussion: Valleywag
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Music executives lament state of industry
John Fontana / Network World:
Mac OS being infused with the tools of the corporate IT trade, but can it catch on?