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Google Sued by French Publishers for $14 Million Over Books

Bloomberg – “Google Inc. (GOOG) was sued for 9.8 million euros ($14 million) by three French publishers who said the search-engine company scanned books without permission.

Editions Albin Michel SA, Editions Gallimard SA and Flammarion claimed Google has scanned 9,797 copyright-protected works for its digital library. The publishers are seeking compensation of 10,000 euros per book, Google said today.”

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Google can’t be trusted with our books

Simon Barron – “The threat to Google Videos shows businesses are not suitable cultural custodians – they can’t be held accountable to the public.”

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I’d Like to Thank My Agent, My Publisher and… Google

Matt Dellinger – “Writing the acknowledgements for my first book, “Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway,” was a heady but nervous experience. Like delivering an Oscar acceptance speech, maybe, without the tux or the orchestra. I spent a long time on the book (eight years from the first interviews to publication), and I felt the need to be thorough. I thanked my editor, my agent, my family and friends, people who had guided me professionally, people who had pitched in, people on whose couches I’d slept, my college professors, the book’s subjects… And of course I thanked Google. How could I not?”

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10 nations tell Google of privacy concern on Buzz

AP – “Officials from Germany, Canada, France and seven other countries are raising privacy concerns about Google’s mapping service and the company’s fumbled foray into social networking. Although the concerns they raise are not new, the officials said the online search leader “too often” forgets people’s privacy rights as it rolls out new technologies.”

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Microsoft bets you’re scared of Google

Computer World – “In its fight against Google, Microsoft is taking dead aim at the search giant’s Achilles heel — that people are frightened of Google’s power to invade your privacy. Microsoft has pledged that unlike Google,, it won’t scan the contents of your email in Hotmail in order to deliver ads. Expect more moves like this from Microsoft.”

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Antitrust senator seeks Google/AdMob scrutiny

Reuters – “U.S. antitrust regulators should give “close scrutiny” to search engine giant Google Inc’s planned acquisition of mobile advertising leader AdMob, a leading antitrust senator said on Tuesday. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, one of two agencies to assess deals for antitrust concerns, is reviewing the acquisition. In November, Google announced plans to acquire mobile advertising firm AdMob for $750 million.”

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Hawaii searching for Internet answers with Google

AP – “Stuck in the Internet slow lane, Hawaii and its sluggish network are hoping Google will ride to the rescue. Through online petitions, a Facebook fan page and a YouTube video by the governor, Hawaii wants to persuade Google to choose the islands for one of its experimental fiber-optic networks, which could bring Internet speeds 100 times faster than those currently available to most Americans.”

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Chinese divided over Google move

USA Today – “The professor sounds upset, the tour guide says she doesn’t care, and the taxi driver swears it’s a coverup. Google’s decision this week to close its self-censored Internet search service in mainland China was provoking diverse reactions here Thursday.”

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Appeals Court Backs Judge’s Google Search

Courthouse News – “A federal judge’s use of Google to confirm his intuition was not “reversible error,” the 2nd Circuit ruled, saying the Internet has changed how we validate common sense. “As the cost of confirming one’s intuition decreases, we would expect to see more judges doing just that,” the three-judge panel wrote. The Manhattan-based appeals court declined to overturn a ruling by U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, who said he “did a Google search” to confirm that “there are also lots of different rain hats … that one could buy.”

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