Remains of the Day: Justice will be served promptly at 7

Japanese publishers are demanding justice for copyright infringment in the App Store, Supreme Court Justices are talking Kindles and iPads, and there’s no justice in being the designated family tech support guy—until now. But, like justice, the remainders for Tuesday, December 14, 2010 are blind.

Japanese publishers threaten to bite Apple (Wall Street Journal)

A group of Japanese publishers has banded together to knock Apple for its failure to catch copyright infringement. Apparently books by well-known authors like Haruki Murakami have been scanned and then embedded in apps sold on the App Store. In Apple’s defense, it keeps meaning to download that Japanese phrasebook app, but hasn’t quite gotten around to it yet.

Justice Kagan on using a Kindle to read briefs (YouTube)

iPad versus Kindles—a battle no less pitched than the Mac and PC wars of yesteryear. So what better body to deliberate on their relative merits than Supreme Court Justices. It seems Elena Kagan is all about her Kindle, but Antonin Scalia is an iPad man, through and through. Not sure about the rest of the court, but I hear Clarence Thomas mainly just reads over Scalia’s shoulder.

Send your parents a tech support care package (Teach Parents Tech)

Remember when your parents sent you those care packages in college? Time to return the favor. Some folks at Google have assembled a tech support care package to send to mom and dad. Just check off the tasks they’ve been having a hard time for (making text smaller or bigger, upgrading their browser, sharing photos, etc.) and they’ll get videos walking them through the processes. My only worry is that I might be obsoleting myself as a son.

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