Google Inc (GOOG) is settling a photographer lawsuit over Google Books

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced a settlement with a photographer coalition over their user of work in the Google Books scanning project.

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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) buys in-image ad company Luminate

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has announced that it has acquired advertising service Luminate. Luminate places ads within images. Luminate shut down its service on Wednesday September 3rd. Its publishers will receive a final payment by the end of the month. Advertisers will have their account balances returned to them as well.

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Google Inc (GOOG): Nest is launching its smart products in Europe this month

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Nest, the smart thermostat unit of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), is launching its smart thermostat and smoke detector in several areas of Europe in late September.

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) gets sued by Getty Images

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Getty Images is known for suing blogs and websites for using professional photos without a license, but now the company is going after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Getty Images filed the lawsuit against Microsoft claiming that the new Bing “Image Widget” tool is violating “massive infringement” of copyrighted images.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) hires renowned designer Marc Newson

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hired designer Marc Newson to join his friend Jony Ive. Ive is known for working closely with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to design many of Apple’s hardware products.

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TwitPic is shutting down after trademark dispute against Twitter

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TwitPic is shutting down after a trademark dispute against Twitter. Apparently Twitter threatened to cut off TwitPic’s API, which was the source of the content for all of TwitPic.

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DataStax raises $106 million

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DataStax is a company that licenses enhanced versions of the Apache Cassandra open-source NoSQL database. DataStax has raised $106 million in funding. DataStax now has a valuation of over $830 million, according to VentureBeat.

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Toshiba is releasing a $120 Windows 8 tablet

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Microsoft is partnering with Toshiba on a small screen tablet with a low price. Microsoft and Toshiba announced the Encore Mini at the IFA conference in Berlin. The Encore Mini is a 7-inch Windows powered tablet and is a smaller version of the 10-inch Encore 2 tablet released earlier this year.

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