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10:35 AM 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.
Discussion: Slashdot, 901am and TechSpot News
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BetaNews:
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
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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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
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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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 …
Kate Zimmermann / SearchViews:
Google Conducts Study of Advertising across Traditional Media  —  Reprise Media was recently invited to participate in Google's "Study of Advertising across Traditional Media", a 15 minute survey asking questions like, "Do you use the same advertising/marketing agency across all advertising channels? …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Claire Atkinson / AdAge:   Google Lays Groundwork for TV Scatter Sales Sortie
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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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
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: Mary's Blog
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: WebProNews and Digital Life
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
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.
 
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
mesh 2007 is a go for launch!
Discussion: robhyndman.com and Mark Evans
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
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
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Ning is Neat  —  Until last week, I was only vaguely aware …
 Earlier Items: 
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Sharpens Malware Alerts for Webmasters
Discussion: Neowin.net
Tim Nudd / adfreak:
Swiss paper publishes this bogus Gucci ad
Discussion: Adrants
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?
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Anti-RIAA Manifesto
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here's My Proof
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why Valley VCs Are Like the Mob
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag