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Judge rejects Google's deal to create digital library

NEW YORK -- Google's $125 million settlement with publishers and authors was rejected Tuesday by a federal judge who said the deal to create the world's biggest digital book library would be unfair to authors.

The expansive nature of the settlement, calling for copyright owners to opt out or be automatically included, "would simply go too far," said U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan, who was a district court judge when the case first came before him. He suggested the settlement would have a better chance at approval were it revised to cover only those who opt into the agreement.

As written now, the settlement "would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of copyright owners," Chin wrote.

-- Bloomberg News

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Paper to outsource printing

The Erie Times-News plans to stop printing the newspaper itself and will hire another company to handle its printing and packaging operations.

Roseanne Cheeseman, the paper's publisher, said the Times-News is in discussions with potential third-party printers and expects to make a decision "in the very near future." The transition to a new printing company could happen during the summer.

The shift will result in the loss of about 40 full-time and part-time positions at the Erie, Pa., newspaper, which has done its own printing for nearly 90 years.

"One major concern is the age of our printing and packaging equipment and the millions of dollars it would take to maintain or replace this equipment," Cheeseman said in a statement, noting that 50 newspapers across the country have closed printing plants since the start of 2009.

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Jobs ordered to testify

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was ordered by a U.S. judge to testify in an antitrust lawsuit that alleges the company prevented music files sold by competitors from playing on its iPods.

Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple since January, can be deposed for no more than two hours, according to the court order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd in San Jose, Calif. Attorneys who filed the class-action complaint on behalf of consumers can ask him only about changes the company made to its software format, which made it impossible for iPods to play songs that were not from Apple's iTunes store.

The court ruled that Jobs has "unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge" of the issues and must testify. The judge denied requests from the plaintiffs to question Jobs on other matters related to the case.

-- Washington Post

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Goodyear to upgrade plants

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will make plant investments over the next two years aimed at increasing production of more profitable high-end products, the tiremaker said Tuesday.

Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer said in a statement the company would make capital investments of $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion in 2012 and 2013. That is up slightly from this year's expected $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion.

Between $500 million and $600 million each year will go toward modernizing and expanding plants and new construction. Goodyear operates a plant in the Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. It was unclear Tuesday if that plant will be updated.

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BJ's purchase eyed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Investment firm Leonard Green & Partners LP said in a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is considering buying warehouse club operator BJ's Wholesale Club.

Leonard Green, which holds 9.3 percent of BJ's outstanding shares, said it is examining confidential information from BJ's.

BJ's, based in Westborough, Mass., operates 190 warehouse stores in 15 states from Maine to Florida.

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