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Twitter Settles Charges that it Failed to Protect Consumers' Personal Information

(ftc.gov): Social networking service Twitter has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information, marking the agency's first such case against a social networking service.The FTC's complaint against Twitter charges that serious lapses in the company's data security allowed hackers to obtain unauthorized administrative control of Twitter, including access to non-public user information, tweets that consumers had designated private, and the ability to send out phony tweets from any account including those belonging to then-President-elect Barack Obama and Fox News, among others.
   
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Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin

(nytimes.com): Today, digital readers are much cheaper and come with significantly better displays and storage space. But things are just getting started - like the price war that erupted last week between Amazon and Barnes&Noble that pushed the prices of their e-books below $200. Those e-readers are also facing challenges from other gadgets that can display books, newspapers and magazines, including mobile phones and the new tablet computers like the iPad.
   
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Google and Twitter pour cold water on

(arstechnica.com): Google and Twitter have weighed in on the "hot news" doctrine, which grants newspapers in some states a time-limited, quasi-property right over facts they report, arguing that the legal concept is old 'n' busted in the instantaneous Internet age. The companies filed an amicus brief in the legal case between financial website theflyonthewall.com and Barclays Plc, claiming that Internet chatter cannot be contained and that restricting the spread of news content could hurt the public.
   
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Publishing industry holds breath over electronic books

(ft.com): With the arrival of affordable ebook readers, such as the Kindle, and tablet computers such as Apple's new iPad, digital publishing's ascendancy seems imminent. Controlling what will happen after this takeover is the obsession for the book business, pitting writers, publishers and booksellers against each other and causing not a little angst.
   
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A Free Taste of Royal Society Publishing's Content

(scienceblogs.com): All Royal Society Publishing's online journal content is available for free in celebration of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary. The Royal Society's archives provide a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 350 years including: Halley's description of 'his comet' in 1705; details of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cures fevers, which led to the discovery of salicylic acid and later, to the development of aspirin.
   
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