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9:40 AM ET, January 18, 2012

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
Don't censor the web  —  You might notice many of your favorite websites look different today.  Wikipedia is down.  Wordpress is dark.  We're censoring our homepage logo and asking you to petition Congress.  So what's the big deal?  —  Right now in Washington D.C. …
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest  —  Following through on their threats to shut down for a day over controversial proposed anti-piracy legislation, a coalition of websites including the hugely popular user-generated encyclopedia Wikipedia went black as midnight struck the East Coast.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Taking SOPA/PIPA to the streets: Protests on for SF, NYC  —  A number of tech industry companies and organizations are taking to the web to protest the proposed anti-piracy legislation in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA.)  But the demonstrations don't stop …
Hugh O'Connell / Business Insider:
How To Access Wikipedia During Its 24-Hour Blackout  —  IF YOU OBJECT to the legislation currently weaving its way through the US Congress and wish to participate in the 24-hour internet blackout taking place today then we suggest you stop reading now.  —  But if you are one of the many millions …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft says it opposes SOPA ‘as currently drafted’  —  Much of the tech world's attention is focused on the Stop Online Piracy Act this week, with Wikipedia and others planning to black out their sites Wednesday to protest the bill and its companion Protect IP Act.
House Judiciary Committee:
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February
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Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Announces Resignation of Jerry Yang  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), the premier digital media company, today announced that Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions with the company, effective today.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sources: Four More Board Members Will Be Following Yang Out the Door  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.
Charles Cooper / CBS News:
Can the naysaying and give Jerry Yang his due
Discussion: CNET
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:   Here's Why Roy Bostock Isn't Out....Yet
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:   Jerry Yang's Decision to Leave Yahoo Was His Own — Even If It Was Inevitable
Reuters:
Samsung says not interested in buying RIM  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it was not interested in taking over Research In Motion after shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker jumped more than 10 percent following a tech blog report that it was seeking to sell itself to the South Korean firm.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Turns to iWork Executive for Textbooks  —  As Apple Inc. prepares to unveil a new digital-textbook service on Thursday, the spotlight is falling on its vice president who is leading core aspects of the new service: Roger Rosner.  —  According to people familiar with the matter …
Paul Venezia / InfoWorld:
Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed  —  A design decision made by Oracle architects long ago may have painted some of Oracle's largest customers into a corner.  Patches have arrived, but how much will they correct?  Over the past two months, InfoWorld has been researching a flaw …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Presents for social gifting service Wrapp: $5M more funding, Reid Hoffman joins board  —  Who says gift cards aren't cool?  After landing $5.5 million in a first round of funding last November, the social gifting service Wrapp, which lets you easily send gift cards to friends through Facebook …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Clean up your email settings for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & more in one go, with Notification Control  —  We recently introduced you to MyPermissions, a nifty site that makes it easy to adjust your application permissions within minutes.  Inspired by the site, Israel-based Ben Lang …
Discussion: The Verge and Business Insider
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Some Internet Start-Ups, a Failure Is Just the Beginning  —  Every entrepreneur hopes to start the next big thing.  But sometimes the first try doesn't go as planned.  —  Bradford Shellhammer remembers the exact moment he realized his fledgling Web start-up, Fabulis …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Chegg Launches Mobile Reader For Online Textbooks  —  Having built, bought and partnered its way into the textbook distribution business, Chegg is launching a long-promised mobile web version today that lets readers easily read and mark up their textbooks.  Of course the move is timed …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Are Android Smartphones Bigger Than the iPhone?  —  Interesting theory from Jin Kim: … Kim makes a good case that an Android phone with a 3.5-inch display and 300+ pixels per inch resolution would reduce on-screen tap targets (like buttons) and text to an uncomfortably small size.
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Gizmodo
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2011 in numbers  —  So what happened with the Internet in 2011?  How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011?  How many websites?  How much did the most expensive domain name cost?  How many photos were hosted on Facebook?  How many videos were viewed to YouTube?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
6Waves-Lolapps acquires Escalation Studios as it pushes into mobile gaming  —  6Waves-Lolapps is going more aggressively into mobile gaming by acquiring Escalation Studios, the gaming company it worked with to publish its two very first iOS games.  —  Escalation is a bootstrapped …
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and GigaOM
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist  —  A perfectly planned, coordinated and executed bank robbery was executed during the first three days of the new year in Johannesburg, and left the targeted South African Postbank - part of the nation's Post Office service - with a loss of some $6.7 million.
Discussion: SlashGear and InfoWorld
Haaretz:
Israeli hackers bring down Saudi, UAE stock exchange websites  —  In fresh round of cyber warfare, Israel hackers, who go by the name IDF-TEAM, retaliate against Saudi attack on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung has ‘not made a firm decision’ to merge Bada OS into Tizen  —  Bada and Tizen are two mobile platforms that haven't had much impact in the market — to be fair, Tizen hasn't yet had the chance to make its mark, but its predecessors (Moblin and MeeGo) certainly did.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Electronista:
iPhone 4S ship times shrink to 3-5 days  —  iPhone 4S shipping delays contract three months in  —  Apple showed it was just now starting to catch up to iPhone 4S demand on Tuesday after the online Apple Store saw lead times contract.  Having been set back by a week for nearly …
Discussion: Fortune, PhoneArena and Softpedia News
 
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Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Q&A: Nokia's CEO Explains Plan for Smartphone Dominance
Discussion: VentureBeat
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Chill moves from live chat to social video discovery
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tubefilter
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Developing for BlackBerry 10
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple axes last remaining Mac purchase rebate
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Google fixes Checkout bug that leaked customer data
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP appoints Bill Veghte as chief strategy officer, will lead ‘cloud and webOS open source initiatives’
Discussion: HP, Softpedia News, The Register and Reuters
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zynga Luring Employees to Hog Bandwidth at Work Hours
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
AT&T's Need for Spectrum Signals Dish Bid at Record-High Premium: Real M&A
Discussion: eWeek
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Lionsgate Sacrifices “Abduction” To Test Simultaneous Facebook/DVD Release
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In-App Purchases Will Dominate the Smartphone App Business
 

 
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Adam Lusher / The Independent:
Clean Reader: New app will ‘clean up’ bad language in e-books

Owen Williams / The Next Web:
New York City explosion shows the potential for mobile live streaming via Periscope to change news, offering mass access to live video seconds after an event

Andy Carvin / Medium:
Independent Yemeni news outlets sacked, journalists kidnapped

 
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