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4:30 PM ET, November 14, 2009

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Dan Clancy / Google Public Policy Blog:
Modifications to the Google Books Settlement  —  Last year, we joined with a broad class of authors and publishers to announce a settlement agreement that would make millions of out-of-print books available to students and readers in every part of the U.S., while forging new opportunities for rightsholders to sell access to their books.
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Open Book Alliance:
Is the Google Books Settlement Worth the Wait?  —  Today, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers released their revised book settlement proposal in an attempt to fix the deeply flawed legal agreement.  —  Open Book Alliance co-chair Peter Brantley said …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google Book Settlement revised; Open Book Alliance pans it as mere ‘nip and tuck’
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Apple Crushes Clone Maker in Court  —  Apple won a sweeping legal victory against Macintosh clone maker Psystar Corp. Nov. 13 when a federal judge in San Francisco ruled (PDF, courtesy of Groklaw) that Psystar had violated Apple's copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple looks to hire AAA game developer for in-house iPhone team  —  Apple is looking to hire a game and media software engineer for its iPhone and iPod touch team, perhaps signaling that the company intends to expand its first-party software offerings.  —  The listing posted this week …
Joshuah Bearman / New York Times:
Can D.I.Y. Supplant the First-Person Shooter?  —  The face of the enemy flashed across a 20-foot screen.  “That's right,” Jason Rohrer announced.  “It's Roger Ebert.”  There were a few boos, as several hundred people stirred in their seats.  The film critic's cherubic face stared at the audience.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Fox News Declares Cyberwar on Liberal Blogosphere  —  How do you annoy the maximum number of Liberal blogs with minimal effort?  If you're Fox News, all you have to do is shut down the YouTube channel that supplies them with infuriating O'Reilly Factor clips.  They did this today!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Shares Stats: 20 Million Uniques, 420 Million Impressions Per Month  —  High-school dropout and Tumblr founder David Karp is doing a presentation today at the Eventoblog conference in sunny Sevilla, Spain.  In one of his first slides, Karp shared some statistics about Tumblr …
Fox News:
Apple Reverses Decision, Approves iPhone App Showing Political Caricatures  —  An iPhone application that Apple had rejected as “objectionable” for its caricatures of members of congress now is available to users, the application's developer told FoxNews.com Saturday.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Shane Harris / National Journal Online:
The Cyberwar Plan  —  IT'S NOT JUST A DEFENSIVE GAME; CYBER-SECURITY INCLUDES ATTACK PLANS TOO, AND THE U.S. HAS ALREADY USED SOME OF THEM SUCCESSFULLY.  —  In May 2007, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency, based at Fort Meade, Md., to launch a sophisticated attack …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple was NOT more profitable selling cell phones than Nokia in Q3  —  For days, I've read blogs and news stories misstating Apple's cell phone profitability compared to Nokia.  Headlines range from the AppleBlog's “Apple Surpasses Nokia as Most Profitable Cell Phone Maker” to Reuters' …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Digital Daily, Thanks:fonearena
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google: Page Speed May Become a Ranking Factor in 2010  —  Algorithm Change Would Make Slow Sites Rank Lower  —  Over the course of 2009, a consistent theme that Google has been involved with is that of speed.  In announcement after announcement, Google has talked about the importance of speed on the web …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Palm Pre WebOS 1.3.1 update available now  —  webOS 1.3.1 was always destined to come right around the launch of the Pixi, but it's surprised us by showing its face early.  No app catalog bombshells here, but there are a slew of more minor fixes and updates that should make users experience a great deal smoother.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Verizon sending antipiracy notices for Hollywood, too
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
Steve Towns / Government Technology News:
California Plans to Launch Information Security Operations Center
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Killed The MTV Star: Shakira To Debut New Music Video On Ustream/Facebook
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Second Life Founder Launching Reputation Currency System
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Running a contest on Facebook? That'll cost you
Chris Nuttall / Globe and Mail:
RIM takes smartphone fight to rivals
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
AdMob Said to Have Been Approached by Apple Before Accepting Google Offer
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Don't make me a target  —  The augmented reality view in Brightkite's mobile app.
Discussion: broadstuff
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Digits:
A Later Ship Date For Nook
Discussion: Technologizer
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
When A Call From Maine Leads To A $9M Funding In Florida
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and VatorNews
Joanna Stern / SlashGear:
Hey, Premium Notebooks or Netbooks, Get the Basics Right!
Discussion: SlashPhone
 

 
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Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
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Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Tesco looks at sale of Blinkbox with 300 jobs at risk

 
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