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9:35 PM ET, September 13, 2007

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www.ccianet.org:
Fair Use Economy Represents One-Sixth of U.S. GDP  —  WASHINGTON D.C. - Fair Use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws are responsible for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the findings of an unprecedented economic study released today.
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Nick / Rough Type:
A very silly report on "fair use"  —  The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group for tech companies, has just issued a report called "Fair Use in the U.S. Economy."  It purports to show that "the fair use economy" is larger than the "copyright economy."
Reuters:
Verizon Wireless files suit over FCC auction rules  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless has asked a federal court to overturn open-access rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is imposing on the winner of valuable wireless airwaves to be auctioned this winter.
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Chris Sacca / Google Public Policy Blog:
Consumer choice is always the right answer  —  As loyal readers of this blog know, earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission took some significant steps to giving consumers more choices when it comes to high-speed wireless Internet access.  The FCC set rules for the upcoming …
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date  —  There have been some questions raised about how we service the Windows Update components and concerns expressed about software installing silently.  I want to clarify the issue so that everyone can better understand why the self-updating of Windows Update acts the way it does.
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Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent  —  Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates.  —  Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google puts $30 million behind lunar robot  —  update LOS ANGELES—Google on Thursday announced it has sponsored the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the moon with a purse of $30 million.  —  The contest invites private teams from around the world to build a robotic rover capable …
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BBC:
Google backs private Moon landing  —  Search giant Google is offering a $30m prize pot to private firms that land a robot rover on the Moon.  —  The competition to send a robot craft to the Moon is being run with the X-Prize Foundation.  —  To claim the cash, any craft reaching …
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Raw Feed
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones  —  At last week's presentation for journalists in California, Apple unveiled a refreshed iPod lineup and several secondary developments.  One of them, which I didn't have room to cover in my iPod review today, involves the availability of custom ringtones for the iPhone.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Ringtones Racket  —  Steve Jobs, introducing iTunes 7.4 during last week's Apple special event: "We're going to ship a new version of iTunes tonight, to support some of the new products you're going to hear about shortly.  And the biggest new feature is going to be ringtones.
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 finds Apple revenue-sharing to its taste  —  O2, the mobile phone company, laid the groundwork yesterday for an announcement of a tie-up with Apple to sell the US firm's iPhone handset.  —  Peter Erskine, the O2 chief executive, defended Apple's insistence that it receives a share of revenues from calls made on iPhones.
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
Prince to sue YouTube, eBay over music use  —  LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."  —  The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" …
Discussion: Download Squad and Techomical
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Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
PRINCE LASHES OUT AT YOUTUBE, EBAY AND THE PIRATE BAY  —  UPDATE: In an attempt to "reclaim the Internet," Prince is preparing to file lawsuits against YouTube, eBay and The Pirate Bay, for allegedly encouraging copyright violations, according to one of his representatives.
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Moon  —  Google has revamped their Google Moon maps site.  It's not loading too well here, but maybe you're more lucky.  You can now see little astronaut icons with info bubbles for specific moonlanding sites.  Also, as Pau in the forum notes, the "cheese surface" easter egg …
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Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPod touch  —  When the iPhone came out in June, many people (myself included) loved it, but wanted it without the phone—and that pesky two-year contract with AT&T Wireless.  I'm no luddite, but I don't want my personal media player to ring in the middle of a song.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Can Amazon Make Startupping A Science?  —  Amazon (AMZN) is trying to turn the art of internet startups into a science.  At an open event at Stanford yesterday, a couple hundred or so entrepreneurs, VCs, and developers talked about how Amazon Web Services — cheap and elastic storage …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Want to 'converse' with advertisers?  Me neither  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—I admit it; I'm cynical when it comes to advertising and marketing.  I believe that the sole purpose of advertising is to convince me to part with my well-earned and limited supply of money and persuade …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
IS MTV WORKING ON A BRANDED SOCIAL NETWORK?
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"
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Accenture Provides Microsoft with Finance & Accounting and …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Shuffles Failing Biz Mags Group, Again
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Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Local SEO For Retail Store Locators
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu Technical Board votes on Compiz for Ubuntu 7.10
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
deliGoo Mashes Google with del.icio.us
Discussion: Mashable!
Associated Press:
Google pays $1.3M to fly jet from NASA airport
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Announcing FanCast mobile, chat, Twitter and Columbia Records
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Virgin America Announce In-flight Broadband Details
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: The Register and BetaNews
 

 
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