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Microsoft may be jealous of Google but that doesn't mean it isn't right

The proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit over Google Books has proven to be quite controversial. Amazon, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those questioning the proposed settlement. On the other side, Sony, the Computer & Communication Industry Association and the Authors Guild are among those supporting the settlement.

Opponents claim that the settlement will give Google a virtual monopoly over online books. Supporters claim that the settlement will benefit consumers and does not preclude others from competing in the market.

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Obama administration joins the 21st century with plans to allow cookies on federal sites

About nine years ago, the U.S. government banned the use of cookies from all of its websites. This week, the Obama administration is going forward with a reversal of the move and allowing web analytics that track users online.

While it may seem strange for the federal government to start tracking users online as it ramps up its investigation into private companies usage of behavioral targeting, it is important that the two issues be kept separate.

The administration is not asking for special priviledges but simply bringing its websites in line with common online practices. And that is a good thing.

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