Tech 2.0 for Friday, October 5, 2012

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 10/05/2012 2:47 pm


These days, you don't have to wait for the people in the “spin room” or the talking heads to tell you how a presidential debate went. All you have to do is check out the Internet -- and you don't even have to wait until the talking is done. Even before Wednesday night's first presidential debate ended, there were three main themes that emerged from the slew of comments on Twitter and Facebook: that Mitt Romney won big over Barack Obama, that moderator Jim Lehrer lost control of the conversation -- and that Big Bird is in trouble. While not as many offered online opinions as watched the 90-minute showdown on TV, the comments they came up with were often splashed across TV screens and in other coverage. Twitter says Wednesday's debate was the most tweeted event in U.S. political history.

Google and major book publishers have settled a drawn-out legal fight over digital copyrights. But the deal settling the 2005 lawsuit still doesn't clear the path for Google's plans to create a huge online library. Still at issue is Google's beef with thousands of writers who claim Google is illegally profiting from their works. Google has claimed its scanning is covered by fair-use provisions of copyright law -- and it has offered to remove specific books if asked. But publishers and authors claim Google Google needed explicit permission from them before even making the digital copies, let alone showing bits of text on its Web site.

Used to be that if you wanted an athlete's autograph, you would try to catch him or her before or after a game -- or hang out near the hotel where they were staying. But if a new startup gets its way, you can end up with something called an Egraph. It's an autographed digital picture with a handwritten note and personalized audio message. The company launched this summer -- and there are several baseball stars involved, including R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and even retired stars like Pedro Martinez. So far about 130 players are offering Egraphs. Some fans say they like them better because they are more personalized than a name hastily scribbled on a scrap of paper or memorabilia.


Remind me to never check twitter when the Presidential Debate is on...

The presidential debate didn't just set a record, it slowed down Twitter http://t.co/Rn83PH3s

Happy First Presidential Debate, or as it's known on Twitter, National Unfollow Night.

Lawsuit over #Google Library Project Settled, Sort Of. http://t.co/31eBY9Y3

Google reaches private deal with Publishers, not with authors or on orphan works: Publishers Choice: Digitize or Not http://t.co/jnYhjQPC

Google Gives Up Fair-Use Defense, Settles Book-Scanning Lawsuit With Publishers http://t.co/3kbIhIHw

Google reaches agreement settling copyright infringement suit with Association of American Publishers - @BloombergNews via @jakebeckman
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