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12:25 AM ET, November 15, 2009

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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.
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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.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Apple Wouldn't Risk Its Cool Over a Gimmick, Would It?  —  “SOME of the best-loved technology on the planet” is how Apple describes its products when recruiting new employees.  It's a fair description.  —  But the love that consumers send Apple's way could flag if the company puts into place …
Discussion: Communications …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
It's Google's world and handset makers just live in it  —  When the Motorola Droid launched this month everyone was amazed that a company so down on its luck was able to put together a well-designed phone running a powerful, “brand new” OS.  The whole package - hardware, software, and marketing - seemed flawless.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Android Central
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘Ravensword’ and Many Other Unity-Powered Games Rejected by Apple  —  For the past couple days we have been anxiously anticipating that imminent release of Ravensword: The Fallen King, the thread on our forums has been going crazy, and we even had Ravensword developers Russ Menapace …
Discussion: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
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 and UMPCPortal
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 …
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 …
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Dan Clancy / Google Public Policy Blog:
Modifications to the Google Books Settlement
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google Book Settlement revised; Open Book Alliance pans it as mere ‘nip and tuck’
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.
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
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.
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
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple was NOT more profitable selling cell phones than Nokia in Q3
Discussion: Digital Trends and Digital Daily, Thanks:fonearena
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California Plans to Launch Information Security Operations Center
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Second Life Founder Launching Reputation Currency System