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2:15 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google Book Settlement revised; Open Book Alliance pans it as mere ‘nip and tuck’  —  Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers have modified their digital book agreement in an effort to placate the Justice Department and critics of the deal.
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 …
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!
Discussion: Techdirt and The Blog Herald
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Verizon sending antipiracy notices for Hollywood, too  —  Verizon Communications has agreed to forward copyright violation notices on behalf of Hollywood studios, including NBC Universal, multiple sources tell CNET.  —  The news comes after Verizon began issuing the same type of copyright letters …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
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 …
Chris Nuttall / Globe and Mail:
RIM takes smartphone fight to rivals  —  Jim Balsillie headed to San Francisco Bay Area conference to try and prove the BlackBerry can keep up with its U.S. competition  — Personal Tech - Back to School Laptop Guide - The Download Decade - Browse the Windows 7 section
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Killed The MTV Star: Shakira To Debut New Music Video On Ustream/Facebook  —  International music star Shakira is taking a new approach to releasing her latest music video: she's doing it through a live stream on Ustream, which will be emedded on her Facebook Page.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft admits its GPL violation; will reissue Windows 7 tool under open-source license  —  Microsoft officials confirmed on November 13 — a few days after pulling a Windows 7 download tool that allegedly contained improperly-licensed open-souce code — that the company did …
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Steve Towns / Government Technology News:
California Plans to Launch Information Security Operations Center
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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
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Broadcasters: Don't lay a finger our spectrum
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Associated Press:
N.J. computer programmer who worked for Bernard Madoff is arrested by FBI
Discussion: Gizmodo
 

 
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