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November 14, 2013, 6:00 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.
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 …
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 …
Nick Statt / CNET:
Inside Coin's techie vision for the all-in-one credit card  —  In a compact San Francisco office suite equipped with soldering stations and swipe-testing machines, Coin's team of seven has been working furiously to perfect the final prototype of an unlimited credit card.  No, not one that will let you charge with abandon.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
iWork for iCloud update brings those collaborative tools we've been waiting for  —  We're not going so far as to call it a Google Docs killer, but those iWork updates announced back at the iPad event the other month certainly make Apple's productivity tools a fair bit more appealing …
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.
TechCrunch:
Education Startup Udacity Bets It Can Fill The Need For More Data Scientists With New Online Degree Program  —  Hot on the heels of a new $37 million White House initiative designed to encourage data science work at American universities, education startup, Udacity, is responding with a data science initiative of its own.
More: Fast Company, Gigaom and AllThingsDThanks:@ripemp
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Third time's the charm?  Shelby.tv attempts comeback with new social video iPhone app  —  New York-based social video startup Shelby.tv launched a new iPhone app Thursday that aims to present socially curated videos shared by people on Facebook and Twitter as well as on Shelby's own social graph in a single stream.

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