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Digital Copyright Exemptions Benefit Educators, Filmmakers and Smartphone Owners

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): In what is being described as a "win" for college and university students and faculty, smartphone users, and visually impaired ebook readers, the Librarian of Congress recently approved several new exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The first of these exemptions would allow DVD protections to be circumvented for fair use purposes by college and university faculty and film and media studies students. An exemption was also approved to permit iPhone users to "jailbreak" their phone's built-in software to allow the use of software that may not be approved by Apple. An exemption was also renewed to allow ebooks to be circumvented to allow increased accessibility for readers with visual impairments.
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Will Google Save the News?

(thedailybeast.com): There are a lot of ideas circulating for saving the news business-such as adopting a nonprofit model that would turn newspapers into public-service institutions like public radio or universities, or soliciting an antitrust waiver that would allow news-based companies to act in concert and charge consumers online-but getting Google (and its smaller competitors) to share revenue with creators of content would be a money stream that essentially does not now exist. This is obviously not a solution to the whole problem, but every penny counts, and there are a lot of them out there that are not being shared.
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How Libraries Stack Up: 2010

(oclc.org): This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to job-seekers and support for small businesses.
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Tablets not set in stone as vendors apply some post iPad adjustments

(telecomtv.com): The tablet market stuttered the moment the iPad hit the streets as erstwhile competitors took time out to 'rethink and refine' (and copy the best features). But now it looks like it's back with Motorola and Verizon leading the charge. The news this week that Motorola and Verizon are gearing up to introduce a tablet targeted for the TV-viewing audience adds a new twist to this business, although specific details of the rumored device are few and far between.
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e-book pricing probe intensifies

(channel.hexus.net): The agreements between publishers and retailers such as Amazon and Apple will be scrutinized as Connecticut's attorney general warns deals have resulted in less competition and pricier titles for consumers. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general showed off a preliminary review of the pricing agreements between five of the US's largest publishing houses and e-book retailers Apple and Amazon.
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