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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."
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use: Worth More To The Economy Than Copyright?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Google Public Policy Blog:   The economic value of "fair use"
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 …
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Nate Clinton / TechNet Blogs:
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.
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:   Microsoft: 'Secret' updates were for Windows Update
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 …
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless sues over 700 MHz open-access conditions
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Engadget
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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Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
Mum is no longer the word  —  OK, folks, what does this cryptic invite mean?  Suggestions in the comments!  —  Just to quell any conspiracy theories, the blanked out text is just the RSVP email address and phone number; we thought it only polite to hide them.
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
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googlelunarxprize.org:
Google Sponsors Lunar X PRIZE to Create a Space Race for a New Generation
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.
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!
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
Prince to sue YouTube, eBay over music use
Discussion: Download Squad
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
St. Petersburg consulate Web site hacked  —  (InfoWorld) - Security vendors are warning that two U.S. Department of State Web sites based in Russia could contain malware and should be avoided.  —  The most serious compromise was on the Web site for the U.S. Consulate General for St. Petersburg.
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Sophos:
Big fish caught in the net
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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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Associated Press:
Google pays $1.3M to fly jet from NASA airport
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Announcing FanCast mobile, chat, Twitter and Columbia Records
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Google Analytics Was Partly Showing Wrong Absolute Visitors
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: The Register and BetaNews