Tuesday News: Cellphone unlocking now legal, the wonders of 3-D printing, 54-year overdue book returned, and library partnerships with Smashwords

Tuesday News: Cellphone unlocking now legal, the wonders of 3-D printing,...

The passing of S.517 is great news for consumers in the United States, but it’s just a small reminder of a much larger problem. The only way for the phone lock issue to be resolved permanently is for Congress to make changes to the DMCA, which is much easier said than done because of the influence of special interest groups and lobbyists. There’s a glimmer of hope, however: The Washington Post reported yesterday that lawmakers plan to take a closer look at those aspects of copyright law that made phone unlocking an issue from the beginning. That’s supposed to happen sometime this fall, but given how long it’s taken for the government to get to this point, this is likely just the beginning of a lengthy fight. –Engadget

According to Rozi Miko?ajczak, a spokesperson for the Poznan-based firm, this is the first time in Europe (and only the second time in the world) that a bird’s beak has been reconstructed using 3-D technology. Unsure which material would be best for the penguin, they created three for the zoo to find a match. Modeling the beaks was time consuming: it took two weeks to complete them. As luck would have it, the penguin’s beak started to grow back so there was no need for the manufactured one, but this inspirational exercise illustrates how 3-D printing is crossing frontiers all the time, opening up new possibilities. –Wall Street Journal

“We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law’s things. Funny thing is the book didn’t support his efforts with his first (and only) marriage… it failed! No wonder he hid the book! So sorry!!,” read the note, signed, “A shocked in-law.”  –ABC News

The fine print is hardly daunting. Have an SPL library card. Be 18 or older. Publish your eBook (for free) with Smashwords on its website. Enter the contest.

Oh. And write the eBook.

At least it can be any genre (even a short-story collection or poetry) and any length. But it must be original and unpublished. –Geek Wire