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Google tells Supreme Court no copyright protection exists for Java APIs

From Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet: A federal appeals court incorrectly found Oracle America could sue Google for copyright infringement for replicating elements from Java’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, in the Android smartphone operating system, the search engine giant has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

Google admits it replicated elements from 37 Java API packages, which Oracle America owns.  However, it argues in its petition to the nation’s highest court, the elements it replicated — as well as their structure, sequence and organization — are not subject to copyright protection as a matter of law.

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Mini tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.

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Tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.

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Use per se standard to judge Silicon Valley wage-fixing case, workers tell court

From Westlaw Journal Antitrust: A class-action lawsuit accusing six high-tech companies of conspiring to fix and suppress employee wages and mobility should be analyzed as a per se, or inherently illegal, antitrust violation, a group of employees has argued in a new court filing.

A per se violation is afforded an irrebuttable presumption of anti-competitive effect from a defendant’s alleged conduct, while the other approach, the rule of reason, looks at whether the alleged conduct’s anti-competitive effects outweigh its pro-competitive justifications.

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Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

Amazon’s new smartphone, which joins their “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple and Samsung. The new 3D Fire phone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them on Amazon. Today’s graphic compares the new Amazon Fire to six major competitors on the smartphone market.

Amazon Fire Phone

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Is our own Dr. Garfield the grandfather of Google?

Dr. Eugene Garfield is synonymous with innovation at Thomson Reuters.

As the creator of the Science Citation Index (SCI) and the founder of the Institute of Scientific Information, now Scientific & Scholarly Research (SSR), his work forever changed research discovery and analytics.

But developing citation indexing – the cornerstone of the SCI, which involved harnessing the footnotes, or cited references, in scholarly publications – also earned him the title “grandfather of Google.”

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Google’s mass digitalization of books isn’t fair use, amici say

By Melissa J. Sachs, Esq., Legal Writer

From Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet: Noted journalist Malcolm Gladwell, essayist Margaret Atwood, and law professors and trade groups representing publishers, photographers, songwriters and artists have all urged a federal appeals court to reverse a 2013 ruling that Google’s mass digitalization of library books is “fair use.”

“A digital library of this nation’s books, with a strong search function, is unquestionably a desirable goal.  However, that goal must not be achieved at the expense of the authors of those works,” Copyright Alliance CEO Sandra Aistars said.

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Media streaming device comparison – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Amazon unveiled its new media streaming device, offering the hardware as well as a $39.99 gaming controller for its own fast-growing online content services. Today’s graphic compares the new Fire TV to its main competitors from Apple, Google and Roku.

Amazon Fire TV

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Journalist spotlight: Scoop on Google lobbying to stop distracted driver legislation

Last week, Reuters scored an exclusive on Google lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass. The story, by correspondent Dan Levine, revealed that Google has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary to restrict the use of Google Glass behind the wheel. Reuters was widely credited by other outlets for breaking the news. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Dan offers a look at the reporting behind his scoop.

Q. How did you get this scoop?

A. Last month a traffic case in San Diego involving Google Glass got a lot of press. After that, a group of Reuters editors, including top news editors and legal specialists, asked me to pay more attention to how the law and courts would adapt to wearable tech as it becomes a bigger business. Through interviews I realized that most of the action right now was in the statehouses, and no one had really uncovered Google’s position on bills targeting Glass. So I thought I’d go ask the people on the ground in states where bills had been introduced.

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UPDATE: Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

UPDATE: We took your comments to heart and added the Google Nexus 5.

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone, the S5. Market expectations for the new device remain subdued, given its comparative lack of innovation. Today’s graphic is a side-by-side comparison of the flagship smartphones from seven of the major players in the industry.

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