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Barnes & Noble: DOJ eBook Suit Endangers Consumers, Bookstores And "Future Of Copyrighted Expression" (paidContent)
In a complaint sent to the Department of Justice this morning, Barnes & Noble says that the DOJ's proposed settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices "represents an unprecedented effort" to become "a regulator of a nascent technology that it little understands." In fact, B&N argues, "eBook and hardcover prices have fallen under agency pricing."

The Returning TV Shows That Are Exploding in Social Media (AdAge)
In the last installment of this charticle, we noted that the social-TV phenomenon -- where TV and social media intersect -- just keeps growing and growing. Our editorial partner Trendrr, for example, announced at Ad Age's Social Engagement/Social TV Conference that social activity surrounding broadcast prime-time in April had topped its level a year earlier by 194 percent. That made me wonder about the increases for individual shows, and because a bunch of series had season premieres over the past month, Trendrr dug into its year-over-year data for answers.

A Flat Touchscreen With Pop-Up Buttons? What? (The Atlantic)
What if actual buttons -- 3-dimensional protuberances -- could rise out of the flatness of your smartphone and then vanish without a trace? This is the premise of a new touchscreen technology from Tactus Technologies, which had its first public demonstration of its Tactile Layer component this week in Boston.

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