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Google and AP Showdown, Microsoft Adheres to Jan. 11th Office Ban

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines...
  • Apparently having alienated yet another news organization, Google has stopped hosting articles from the Associated Press, probably over contractual disagreements. The AP is the "largest and oldest news organization in the world," and as a cooperative has won more Pulitzers than any other outlet, so the snub could immediately devastate Google's legitimacy as a news source. [From: The Huffington Post]
  • Last month, an appeals court upheld a previous ruling against Microsoft that banned the sale of certain Word and Office products because of XML patent issues. The ban officially began yesterday, so Microsoft has removed most Office products from its online store. The company is assuring its customers that updated versions will be available soon, though, and that consumers can currently download a free beta version of Office 2010. [From: Computer World]
  • Apple typically abides by a harsh and frigid app acceptance policy, blatantly forbidding the sale of pornographic and racy programs. A seemingly innocuous $.99 forChan photo app, though, which passed the stringent app review process in under 12 hours, can actually provide an abundance of nude images. If history is any indication, however, its time is definitely limited. [From: The Huffington Post]
  • Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, holds a 77-percent market share among search engines in the Asian nation. That success has made it an apparent target of Web terrorists, though, particularly an organization known as the Iranian Cyber Army. The group, which also claimed responsibility for a recent Twitter attack, has hacked and blocked Baidu, leaving it still unavailable in many parts of the world. [From: The Next Web]
  • Given Apple's technological and gadget dominance over the past 10 years, one might expect any assortment of "i"-words to be christened as the 'Word of the Decade.' The American Dialect Society has instead opted for 'Google' as its award winner, with "tweet" claiming the title for 2009's 'Word of the Year.' [From: The Huffington Post]
  • The video-sharing site Vimeo has exploded in popularity, and the YouTube competitor is now officially going mobile. The service, which generates mobile versions of existing videos, will be available for various Android, Apple, and Palm products. [From: Vimeo]
  • YouTube is putting significant pressure on the judicial system and its stance on open court rooms. A district judge previously ruled that YouTube could provide coverage of the heated Proposition 8 gay marriage trial in California, but the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned that decision. The Court decided that the footage could influence or damage witness testimony. [From: Mashable]

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