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Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

After a court battle that's lasted just a couple weeks short of 7 years, Google and the Association of American Publishers are now announcing a settlement that will put their book-battle to rest. The situation was, back in 2005 that is, that Google was scanning books galore into their Google Library Project for sharing with the world - and five members of the AAP were not happy with that. The settlement that's been reached has cash amounts unannounced - and they'll likely remain unannounced as it's been done out of court - and the publishers now have the rights to take or leave their works in Google's care.

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Sony Reader PRS-T2 Review

Sony Reader PRS-T2 Review

To many, the war of the eReaders is between Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Though Sony has never managed to get quite as big as either of those two companies in the eReader space, it’s back with a new Reader and looking to become a serious contender. Does Sony’s Reader PRS-T2 help the company stand out in the bigger picture, or does it fall flat in a sea of eReaders vying for your attention, and more importantly, your dollar? Read on to find out.

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Kindle Singles reaches 3.5 million sold

Kindle Singles reaches 3.5 million sold

In addition to announcing some new devices today, Amazon is also touting the strength of Kindle eBook sales. Talking about Kindle Singles - essays, short stories, so forth - specifically, Amazon says that 3.5 million have been sold. Even better is the fact that that 35 Kindle Singles have reached the Kindle top 50, which definitely isn't a bad figure for Amazon to be boasting, especially when Kindle Singles offers less conventional reading material than most are used to.

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Amazon clearing tablet inventory

Amazon clearing tablet inventory

It appears that Amazon may be feeling the heat of the Nexus 7 wave - or perhaps even the oncoming Apple iPad mini - as they place essentially their entire Kindle collection on sale for back-to-school. Though many of the sales have halted here on the morning after a super-sale weekend, Amazon did have the Kindle DX up for 29% off (that's $110!) and cases, speaker docks, sleeves of all kinds, and more. This could mean several things, but what we're banking on is this: a whole new model - or models - coming on quick.

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Google moves for dismissal of digital books lawsuit

Google moves for dismissal of digital books lawsuit

Google, as you may already know, is in deep trouble with a number of authors who don't like that the company has scanned their books into the Google Books database. The long-running lawsuit is turning seven years old this year, and now Google is asking for its dismissal after a judge refused a proposed $125 million settlement last year. The authors suing Google - backed by the Authors Guild - were granted class-action status earlier this year in May.

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Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

Sony PRS-T2 eReader spotted at FCC

It’s been awhile since Sony released its last eReader, but a new arrival at the FCC may signal the company’s return to the family of devices. The PRS-T2 eReader appeared in the FCC database on Sunday night, although there isn’t anything terribly exciting to go off from the image as most of the information is restricted until September 29th. The design looks to be similar to the PRS-T1, however, and WiFi b/g/n is onboard.

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Sony to reveal PS3, Vita ebook platform

Sony to reveal PS3, Vita ebook platform

If you like the idea of ebooks, but hate the fact that you can't read them from 10 feet away on the living room sofa, Sony might have the solution to your problems. Okay, we're exaggerating a bit. There's a rumor that Sony is working on a digital books section to the PlayStation Store, but it is hardly going to try to be a competitor to the Kindle, iBooks, or Nook.

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Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

This week the folks at Bridgestone have made it clear that they and their AeroBee technology will be out of the e-paper business inside the year. This news comes at a time when tablets appear very much to be dominating the market while e-readers in general are moving toward a more colorful future. Bridgestone will instead be focusing on its "core business" to provide "maximum value" to its shareholders as well as its customers for the near future.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's time for the evening wrap-up where we check out all the big stories that made headlines today. And we can't talk about big stories today without mentioning Apple's quarterly earnings call - Apple Q1 earnings top entire history. By comparison, everything else might be a secondary story, but there is good news for the anti-Apple (i.e., Android) crowd. The Asus Transformer TF101 gets ICS update. And if you're more interested in the latest emerging news and trends, you have to check this out - Planetary Resources asteroid mining made a reality.

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US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

The US Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Apple and ebook publishers yesterday regarding price fixing, and already three companies have settled. Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will have to break their current contracts with Apple and negotiate new ones. While it’s indicates an early victory for the DOJ, CNET believes that the agency won’t have the same success with Apple.

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