New York
– The federal judge overseeing the settlement between Google (NASD:  GOOG) and authors over
Google’s plan to build a digital books index said the "voluminous materials"
submitted by parties mean he will not make a ruling on Thursday, according to
reports. "To end the suspense. I am not going to rule today. There is too
much to digest," said U.S. District Judge Denny Chin.

Chin is hearing
testimony on Thursday from the numerous parties opposed to the settlement deal,
including authors, the Justice Dept., several foreign governments, and Google
rivals Yahoo, Microsoft and

The Justice Dept.’s opposition to the
terms of the original version of the settlement compelled Google and the other
parties to resubmit a revised settlement proposal in November.

After the
Justice Dept. reiterated its objection to the revised settlement, Google opted
to defend the new terms against the Justice Dept. and other opponents in court.


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