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10:00 PM ET, November 14, 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 …
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
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
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’
Open Book Alliance:   Is the Google Books Settlement Worth the Wait?
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
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