Google’s legal battle against the Authors Guild, who sued the big tech giant in 2005 claiming copyright infringement, is finally over. A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit on Thursday, allowing the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world’s books.

Back in 2002, Larry Page decided that Google should digitize every book in the world to make them searchable, and the project went public late in 2004. But in 2005, The Authors Guild took legal action against the company, temporarily paralyzing the project. In the lawsuit, the Authors Guild tried getting $750 for each copyrighted book made digital, as they believed Google’s online library was in violation of “fair use” of copyrighted works by providing snippets of works. This would have added up to an enormous sum, as Google had scanned more than 20 million books.

Circuit Judge Denny Chin found that Google’s book-scanning project contributes to new audiences that offer new sources of income for authors and publishers.

“Google’s use of copyrighted works is highly transformative,” wrote Chin. “Words in books are being used in a way they have not been used before.”

Google was quick to remark on the legal victory, stating:

“This has been a long road, and we are absolutely delighted with today’s judgement. As we have long said, Google Books is in compliance with copyright law and acts like a card catalog for the digital age, giving users the ability to find books to buy or borrow.”

Author’s Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken revealed that the group plans to appeal the decision, writing:

“We disagree with and are disappointed by the court’s decision today. This case presents a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court. Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense.”

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Smartphones have accounted for the majority of mobile phone sales in the U.S. for a few years now, but now a new report from multinational technology company Ericsson has revealed that smartphones now account for 55 percent of all new cellphone subscriptions globally, up from just 40 percent a year ago. Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach two billion globally this year, and will potentially quadruple again by 2019!

High-speed LTE connections grew by 25 million subscribers in the third quarter, helping to bring the estimated worldwide total to 150 million. Ericsson predicts that the number of LTE subscribers will hit 2.6 billion by the end of 2019, with 85 percent of subscribers in North America having LTE capability. In just six years, they believe 5.6 billion of the 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide (around 60 percent) will be for smartphones.

Perhaps most surprising of Ericsson’s report is their projection that phones will consume more mobile data this year than PCs, tablets and other devices. Check out the chart they release alongside their report below. Do you think  their predictions will prove accurate by 2019?

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Entrepreneurs, it’s time to face what might be a harsh reality – the success of your startup business depends very highly on your ability to successfully pitch your idea or product to potential clients and investors. Your pitch makes or breaks the interest in your company; in just a few sentences, you need to create a lasting impression and inspire faith in your goals. If you find yourself at a loss for words when trying to explain the merits of your startup, be sure to follow these simple tips and make your pitch one to remember.

  • Make sure you’re taking a stand. Adjust your pitch to make sure it’s clear not just what your product is, but also what exactly your business stands for and how it can help change the lives of those who utilize your product. Commit to a specific niche or purpose, in order to bring clarity to who you are and what your business will do.
  • Speak the truth. If you seem authentic, people will both hear and feel your passion and faith and buy-in to your mission. Don’t claim your business will solve everyone’s problems – clearly explain who your target consumers are, what those consumers are in need of, and how exactly you can help that specific group of people satisfy their needs.
  • Push, don’t pull.  Present your business’ accomplishments in a modest way, and allow audiences to figure out themselves how your proposition could help them. Let it be their idea to jump onboard and invest in your business.
  • Keep it simple. Use proof points, metrics, and anecdotes that your audience can grasp, instead of potentially confusing industry jargon – they shouldn’t need a dictionary to understand what you’re saying. Speak in layman’s terms whenever possible so they can listen to your ideas and not focus too much on your words.
  • Constantly update your pitch. Don’t just recite the same exact pitch for months or years on end, or it will be built on old information and experiences. As you and your business go through changes, change your pitch. Evolve the story about your career path to include recently acquired leadership and management roles, so people are listening to the impressive you that you are today and not the novice you may have been when you first started making pitches.

 

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Despite the fact that Samsung launched their Galaxy S4, the follow-up to the Galaxy S III, in April of this year, rumors are now beginning to circulate that the company is already making plans to release the Samsung Galaxy S5 in January 2014!

The Galaxy S5 coming a mere 9-months after the S4′s release seems strange, but since Samsung’s recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 has been overshadowing the Galaxy S4, the South Korean electronic giant apparently wants to refresh their flagship smartphone.

Korean website Naver, which is run by former Samsung employees, cites internal sources who claim the Galaxy S5 will be announced at the January Consumer Electronics Show, with an anticipated market release in February. The report claims that the phone would be powered by a 64-bit Exynos 5430 chip and will sport a 16-megapixel camera with enhanced low-light performance and Optical Image Stabilisation. More rumors point to dust and waterproof capabilities, an all-metal case instead of the usual plastic one, and a fingerprint scanner, to directly compete with Apple’s Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s.

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Look out, Pandora and Spotify, personalized radio service Rdio is finally ready to compete for your users. Starting today, a free version of Rdio will be available on iOS and Android… and its free of advertising!

Rdio’s radio feature, Stations, is now free to non-subscribers on its mobile apps in the United States, Canada, and Australia. New users signing up on mobile will have access to the company’s on-demand music selection during a 14-day trial, before having to switch over to free stations after the trial ends. The company believes that by offering unlimited music during the trial, listeners will become hooked on Rdio and decide to buy the full experience. 

“We don’t need you to subscribe right away,” stated Rdio’s vice president for product Chris Becherer, in an interview with The Verge. ”You can live inside Stations for a long time. We think that over time, you’ll start building up your collection, building up your favorites. And whenever you do subscribe, all that stuff is ready to go.”

To get the complete Rdio service, which includes on-demand listening of tracks and offline song storage, users have to pay $9.99 a month or $4.99 for the firm’s Web-only plan. Rdio executives acknowledge that Stations won’t attract an enormous user base by itself, but since free radio is anticipated to becomes a standard feature in every music app, this change is one that the company absolutely had to make in order to compete with Pandora and Spotify.

Rdio should have even more free options coming later this year; a recent deal with radio operator Cumulus Media will see the two collaborate on an ad-supported version of its service.

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