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gigaom.com — Taxes aren't a sexy story. And the story of Amazon's long war against collecting sales tax tends to be reported in dribs and drabs, with coverage generally focusing on battles in individual states, which can make it even more boring to keep up with the issue (or maybe that's just me).
paidcontent.org — When the former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman launched Open Road Media in 2009, the publisher was one of the first of its kind: The idea was that it would mine the backlist for books that had never been available as ebooks, snap up the digital rights and publish the ebooks for the first time, thus introducing authors like William Styron and Alice Walker to new audiences.
gigaom.com — After a series of high profile hacks, Twitter is finally getting serious about log-in security with a new feature that will require users to enter an extra pin code when using non-familiar devices. The feature, known as "two-factor" authentication, is already used by companies like Google and Apple and works by sending a pin code via text message to a user's cell phone.
paidcontent.org — Book publisher Penguin has agreed to a $75 million settlement with consumers and states in the ebook pricing lawsuit, several months after it settled with the Department of Justice. The other publishers in the case - HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan - had already settled with both the states and the DOJ.
paidcontent.org — 50 Shades of Grey, which started out as Twilight-inspired fan fiction, raised a few copyright questions that didn't stop it from selling millions and millions of copies. But when a work is more directly based on another author's creation - using the same characters and setting, for instance - the legal hurdles can be greater.
cjr.org — CopyrightX, an online course run out of Harvard this spring as part of the EdX program, was unusual in a couple of ways. It might not strictly be called a MOOC-a massive open online course-because it wasn't open. More than four thousand people applied, and enrollment was capped at 500.
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