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Tuesday News: Get an action figure of yourself; Gaming should focus...

“Women control more than 80 percent of spending. 60 percent of online gamers are women. 94 percent of girls under 18 report playing video games regularly. Those last two facts alone should influence developers into creating games with the female gamer in mind. Yet in the online and console worlds there is a slight lagging in user gameplay than five years ago; it’s the male gamer that advertisers view as the target player in the $24.7 billion gaming industry.”

This reminds me of the early days of digital ereading devices when the focus was definitely on male readers.Pando Daily

You can get a small you in three different sizes: 3.9-inches (10cm), 5.9-inches (15cm) or 7.8-inches (20cm) tall. A pocket-sized person does not come cheap. Prices range from $264 (21,000 yen) to $528 (42,000 yen). The price tag is more reasonable when you think of them as miniature sculptures

Friday News: Huge win for fair use; ComiXology to accept self published comics; New ebook app has security concerns

Friday News: Huge win for fair use; ComiXology to accept self...

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Yesterday, Judge Baer ruled in favor of the Hathi Trust, finding that as a matter of law, defendants’ actions were all considered fair use. Judge Baer is a federal judge with the Southern District of NY where the Google Book search is set. They are not exactly comparable as Google is a commercial entity and the Hathi Trust is a consortium of higher education and some of the pro Hathi Trust findings are based on a specific educational exception to the copyright law. HOWEVER, some of the findings are explicitly applicable to the Google Books case and suggests that the court (same jurisdiction) would find in favor of fair use for Google. Copyright Librarian

Steinberger said the company has a small team of reviewers in place, each of whom are well versed in independent comics. The company plans on notifying creators about the status of their submissions soon after they’ve been reviewed. Eventually the company would like to provide some form of feedback for submissions that didn’t get approved for sale in the store, and what they might do differently in the future. I’m guessing this is closer to Apple’s App Store approval process and less like editorial oversight. VentureBeat