IN THE NEWS: TWITTER REACTION TO FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- These days, you don't have to wait for the people in the "spin room" or the talking heads to tell you how a presidential debate went. All you have to do is check out the Internet -- and you don't even have to wait until the talking is done. Even before Wednesday night's first presidential debate ended, there were three main themes that emerged from the slew of comments on Twitter and Facebook: that Mitt Romney won big over Barack Obama, that moderator Jim Lehrer lost control of the conversation -- and that Big Bird is in trouble. While not as many offered online opinions as watched the 90-minute showdown on TV, the comments they came up with were often splashed across TV screens and in other coverage. Twitter says Wednesday's debate was the most tweeted event in U.S. political history.
IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE, BOOK PUBLISHERS MAKE DEAL
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google and major book publishers have settled a drawn-out legal fight over digital copyrights. But the deal settling the 2005 lawsuit still doesn't clear the path for Google's plans to create a huge online library. Still at issue is Google's beef with thousands of writers who claim Google is illegally profiting from their works. Google has claimed its scanning is covered by fair-use provisions of copyright law -- and it has offered to remove specific books if asked. But publishers and authors claim Google Google needed explicit permission from them before even making the digital copies, let alone showing bits of text on its Web site.
ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK REACHES 1 BILLION MARK
CYBERSPACE (AP) -- About one out of six people on the face of the earth. That's how many users Facebook has at this point. The social networking site has passed the 1 billion mark in active users each month. The news comes at a time when the site is struggling to gain traction in the stock market. There were trading glitches the day it went public in May. Since then there have been concerns about the site's potential for revenue.
Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com
IN STORES: E-AUTOGRAPHS
DATELINE (AP) -- Used to be that if you wanted an athlete's autograph, you would try to catch him or her before or after a game -- or hang out near the hotel where they were staying. But if a new startup gets its way, you can end up with something called an Egraph. It's an autographed digital picture with a handwritten note and personalized audio message. The company launched this summer -- and there are several baseball stars involved, including R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and even retired stars like Pedro Martinez. So far about 130 players are offering Egraphs. Some fans say they like them better because they are more personalized than a name hastily scribbled on a scrap of paper or memorabilia.
Egraphs site: http://www.egraphs.com
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