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6:45 PM ET, November 14, 2009

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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.
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William Alsup / Groklaw NewsPicks:
Apple Wins Like a Champ - Psystar is Toast — What?  You're Surprised?  —  Psystar just got what's coming to them in the California case.  Here's the order [PDF].  It's a total massacre.  Psystar's first-sale defense went down in flames.  Apple's motion for summary judgment on copyright infringement and DMCA violation is granted.
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 …
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?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google Book Settlement revised; Open Book Alliance pans it as mere ‘nip and tuck’
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Are Smartbooks off to the Wrong Start Already?  —  It's far too early to condemn a product market when shipping products don't exist, but frankly, I'm worried.  Yesterday saw what's likely the first smartbook, although the device could be a design prototype.
Discussion: OStatic blogs, GigaOM and eWeek, Thanks:kevinctofel
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.
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 …
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!
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
iDroid Wars on Gillmor Gang  —  The Gillmor Gang debated the virtues and otherwise of the smartphone's latest pretender to the iPhone crown: Droid.  Michael Arrington led the Droid's faction, with a QVC-like enthusiasm for the power of Any Phone That Runs Google Voice.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
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
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple was NOT more profitable selling cell phones than Nokia in Q3
Discussion: Digital Trends and Digital Daily, Thanks:fonearena
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
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Bloomberg:
AdMob Said to Have Been Approached by Apple Before Accepting Google Offer
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