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5:55 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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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 …
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."
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Fair Use: Worth More To The Economy Than Copyright?  —  I've been doing some research over the last few months into the economic impact of products where intellectual property protections are either ignored or non-existent, to see how the economics plays out.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Google Public Policy Blog:   The economic value of "fair use"
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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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Confirmation of stealth Windows Update
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.
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Reuters:
Apple calls on UK press as iPhone talk swirls  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is calling a London news conference next Tuesday as speculation mounts that the consumer electronics guru will unveil long-awaited plans to bring its iconic iPhone cell phones to Europe.
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.
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 …
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Google pays $1.3M to fly jet from NASA airport  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are paying $1.3 million a year so their Boeing 767 plane can take off, land and park at a NASA-managed airport located just a few minutes away from the Internet search leader's Silicon Valley headquarters.
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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.
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 …
Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:
Reverting Back to Original "Average Time on Site" Calculation Today  —  We recently introduced a new way of calculating "Average Time on Site" that removed visitors who "bounce" from your website (people who hit one page of your site and then leave).  This updated calculation attempted to give …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics Was Partly Showing Wrong Absolute Visitors
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Virgin America Announce In-flight Broadband Details  —  Virgin America has partnered with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi to VA's entire fleet in early 2008.  American Airlines inked a deal earlier this year with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi, but VA seems to be a bit more proactive.
 
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