Daniel Castro, a senior analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), said the amendment is significant for Google.
"It's fairly rare for a court to significantly modify a previous opinion," Castro said. With the appellate court's first ruling, Google almost did not have a case. This week's opinion "opens the door for them to continue to argue the case."
A Google spokesman expressed muted satisfaction over the developments. ""We're pleased that the Court granted our request for a rehearing and revised its opinion. But we are disappointed that the order was not completely reversed and are considering our next steps."
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