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Today's e-Reads: Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Copyright Violators

August 13, 2012

Google announced on its blog last week a revision to its search algorithm designed to punish sites that violate copyright. However, as Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land reports, Google apparently won't be targeting sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google's own YouTube that make an effort to respond to takedown requests from copyright owners.

CNET reports that small wireless carriers are worried about the growing AT&T-Verizon Wireless duopoly and say that without regulatory help, they won't be able to compete with the spectrum they have.

The Federal Trade Commission plans to rethink its practice of permitting companies to settle charges without owning up to wrongdoing. The move comes in the wake of two dissents that criticized the policy from Republican commissioner J. Thomas Rosch in cases involving Facebook and Google, The New York Times reports.

Google announces 4,000 job cuts at Motorola Mobility, Reuters reports.

Judge in the Apple-Samsung patent trial asks the two parties to meet on Monday to discuss jury instruction language, CNET reports.

Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell raised $500,000 to start a fee-based version of Twitter with no ads and a 256 character limit, VentureBeat reports.

Barnes & Noble cuts prices on its Nook tablet to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Associated Press reports.

Young people don't seem as infatuated with the Apple brand of late, and the company appears to be targeting an over-35 demographic in its marketing, the Atlantic reports.

Big Data is a watchword in technology news and marketing. The New York Times takes a stab at explaining what it means.

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