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November 14, 2013, 7:05 PM

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds “fair use,” cites many benefits  —  Google has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the search giant's controversial decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the internet.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 7.0.4 & iOS 6.1.5 with FaceTime bug fix  —  This morning, Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  The update is a bug fix release with improvements.  Apple notes that the update includes a fix for FaceTime calls that could fail for some users.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Tired of a fat wallet?  Coin lets you hold all your cards in a single connected card  —  With all the hype surrounding mobile payments these days, that industry faces a monumental problem: Credit cards are already pretty easy to use.  Now Coin, a Y Combinator-backed startup …
The Official Google Blog:
Government requests for user information double over three years  —  In a year in which government surveillance has dominated the headlines, today we're updating our Transparency Report for the eighth time.  Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010, requests from governments …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's first Windows Phone 8.1 handset includes ‘3D Touch’ technology  —  Nokia's upcoming 6-inch Lumia 1520 flagship handset hasn't been released yet, but we're already starting to hear early details on the company's Windows Phone 8.1 plans.  Twitter account @evleaks revealed today that Nokia …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Said to Plan Galaxy Phone Using Wraparound Display  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) plans to release a Galaxy smartphone next year with a display that wraps around the edges so users can read messages or monitor stocks while looking from an angle, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Scott Webster / CNET:
Republic Wireless' $299 off-contract Moto X now available  —  Republic Wireless undercuts the competition with the $299 Moto X.  —  (Credit: Rick Broida/CNET)  —  Republic Wireless finally has its flagship smartphone in the Motorola Moto X.  —  Related stories:  — Hands-on with the Republic Wireless Moto X
More: The Verge
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google Search for Android now does Siri-style conversational voice commands  —  The Google Search app for Android was updated today.  While Google's official post about the new version mentioned some updated cards and traffic incidents, the real news is that voice search can now hold a conversation.
Don Clark / Digits:
Under Armour to Buy MapMyFitness in Embrace of Sports Tech  —  Under Armour is buying the popular workout application company MapMyFitness for $150 million, putting the sports apparel maker in charge of one of the biggest social sports communities on mobile devices.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Isis Mobile Wallet goes live nationwide, offers freebies  —  Wave phone, buy stuff: after a long period of trials, the joint venture teaming Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile is finally broadly available.—The wireless carriers' mobile payment initiative, Isis Mobile Wallet …
Chris Baraniuk / Wired.co.uk:
'We still don't encrypt server-to-server data' admits Microsoft to EU Committee  —  A senior Microsoft executive has told a European parliamentary committee that the company does not encrypt its server-to-server data communications.  —  Dorothee Belz, EMEA VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs …
CNET:
Pricey, mighty Retina Mini is best small tablet yet  —  $399.00  —  The good: The iPad Mini with Retina Display adds an excellent high-resolution display that rivals the iPad Air's, a far faster A7 processor, and tops it off with improved Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, with battery life that's as good or better than in last year's Mini.
More: The VergeThanks:@kentgerman
Alex Colon / Gigaom:
Amazon now offers customized Kindle covers  —  Thinking about giving someone an Amazon Kindle this holiday season?  How about adding a customized case with an image of your face to go with it?  Amazon on Thursday introduced a new line of personalized Kindle accessories that allows you customize your Kindle cover for no extra cost.
Avram Piltch / Laptop:
Intel opening temporary showcase stores featuring free movie nights, coffee and events  —  Intel Opening Retail “Experience” Stores Starting November 23rd  —  Intel wants to give you a chance to get up close and personal with its PCs.  At a press event in New York this evening …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kinesis, A New AWS Service To Process Real-Time Streams  —  Amazon is offering a new service called Kinesis that streams data in real time with the ability to process thousands of data streams on a per-second basis.  The service, designed for real-time apps, allows developers to pull …
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft Office still isn't available for iPad, but now HopTo fills the void  —  Eventually, Microsoft will bring a touch-optimized version of Office to the iPad.  Until that day arrives, however, there's Apple's iWork—and now HopTo, which offers a reskinned version of Word as lovely and useful as an iPad app should be.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Mobile Game Maker TinyCo Raises $20M From Pinnacle Ventures, Andreessen  —  TinyCo, an early iOS and Android game developer out of Silicon Valley, picked up an additional $20 million in financing from Pinnacle Ventures with existing investor Andreessen Horowitz participating.

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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
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