Google Books: Google's plan to digitize every book ever published and make them widely available was derailed on Tuesday when a federal judge in New York rejected a sweeping $125 million legal settlement the company had worked out with groups representing authors and publishers, The New York Times reports.
DOJ Controversy: The Justice Department sued an Illinois school district for refusing to give a Muslim math teacher three weeks off to make a pilgrimage. But as the case moves forward in federal court in Chicago, it has triggered debate over whether the Justice Department was following a purely legal path or whether the suit was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims, the Washington Post reports.
iDeposition: Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered to answer questions from lawyers for a group of consumers accusing the company of creating a music-download monopoly, Reuters reports.
On the Stand: Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will be called by U.S. prosecutors to testify as a government witness at Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam’s insider-trading trial, Bloomberg reports.
Bad Call: Japanese regulators discussed in recent months the use of new cooling technologies at nuclear plants that could have lessened or prevented the disaster that struck this month when a tsunami wiped out the electricity at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi power facility. However, they chose to ignore the vulnerability at existing reactors and instead focused on fixing the issue in future ones, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Stern Stuff: Radio shock jock Howard Stern is suing Sirius XM Radio for reportedly refusing to give performance-based stock options. The suit comes just months after Stern inked a new five-year contract with Sirius. The previous deal, worth $500 million, ended in December. The terms of the new deal were not disclosed, CBS News reports.