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TC Roundup: Google should pay authors for scanned books, U.S. appeals court told

Google should pay authors for scanned books, U.S. appeals court told: Google Inc's massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday.

Paul Smith, who represents the Authors Guild and several individual writers, told a three-judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the Google Books project was a "quintessentially commercial" infringement designed to protect the company's "crown jewel" search engine. (Reuters)

Data breach sets off upheaval at Sony Pictures: What has happened at Sony Pictures Entertainment over the past week reads like a blockbuster screenplay—or a chief executive's nightmare: Hackers target a major company, disabling its internal systems and leaking documents revealing long-held secrets, from coming products to executive pay. (The Wall Street Journal)

Uber saw a small dip in growth during its bad press week: Every day now, there are negative stories about Uber and how the company conducts itself. But here's the real question — are they actually hurting its business?

Now we have some numbers that show the preliminary answer may well be yes. To be sure, Uber is still growing by leaps and bounds, but perhaps slightly less so.(Recode)

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