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The state purchasing office in New Mexico has rejected a closely watched protest of a potentially enormous contract for common-core testing to Pearson, ruling that the bidding process was structured in a "careful and thoughtful" way, despite a rival organization's claims.

The decision by New Mexico State Purchasing Agent Lawrence O. Maxwell is a defeat for the American Institutes for Research, a Washington-based organization that argued that the bidding process was skewed to favor Pearson.

The increasingly tricksy hacker known as ‘Guccifer’ has struck again, this time posting links to the first 50 pages of an unpublished novel by Sex and the City author, Candace Bushnell.

True to his or her established credential-sniffing methods, the hacker appears to have found a way into the author’s Earthlink email account before discovering the 37,000 words of the novel Killing Monica as a document attached to an email sent to a publisher.

Extraordinarily, the hacker was also able to hack into the author’s Twitter account in order to post links to screengrabs…

Much controversy and mystery has surrounded Google's Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's trip to North Korea. U.S. officials have criticized it, calling it ill-timed given the regime's allegedly illegal launch of a satellite last...

The legend of Woody Guthrie as folk singer is firmly etched in America’s collective consciousness. Compositions like “Deportee,” “Pastures of Plenty” and “Pretty Boy Floyd” have become national treasures akin to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” But Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old on July 14, was also a brilliant and distinctive prose stylist, whose writing is distinguished by a homespun authenticity, deep-seated purpose and remarkable ear for dialect.


While working on this issue, I was struck by two things. The first was the comment by Eric Miller, president of the National Association of Independent Reps (NAIPR), in Gene Schwartz’s column “Deconstructing Distribution” (page 34), about why many people in the book publishing industry persist despite facing many significant challenges. “To have a bookstore is part of the American dream,” he said. Shortly after reading his comment, I stumbled upon another very powerful quote along similar lines on the Web site for Independent Publisher magazine (formerly called Small Press). In the magazine’s first issue in 1983, Allan Kornblum, founder and publisher of Coffee

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