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10:55 PM ET, January 18, 2012

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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed  —  Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday.
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry  —  With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that includes a 24-hour shutdown of the English-language Wikipedia, the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills has reached an extraordinary moment — a political coming of age for a relatively young …
Deborah Netburn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says 4.5 million people signed anti-SOPA petition today  —  When Google speaks, the world listens.  —  And today, when Google asked its users to sign a petition protesting two anti-piracy laws circulating in Congress, millions responded.  —  A spokeswoman for Google confirmed …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Web blackouts.  Is this the new face of American activism?  —  Countless websites — including Google, Wikipedia, Scribd, O'Reilly Media, WordPress (see disclosure) — have put up some kind of message today asking users to take action against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
How Wikipedia Turned Off the Lights  —  On Wednesday, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, directed its English-language visitors to a spooky, black-and-white Web page that read, “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.”  The page, part of a protest against two online piracy bills, was simple and minimalistic.
Sen. Ron Wyden / The Huffington Post:
My Letter to the Internet … Congress , Internet , Pipa …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Anti-SOPA Rallies Attract MC Hammer, Technologists
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Webmonkey
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Money, power, and Congress: how lobbyists will determine the fate of SOPA
Earnesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Slams PIPA / SOPA in Public Statement
Discussion: @tpbdotorg
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Facebook's biggest change yet: Actions are here  —  It's the worst-kept secret on the Internet: Facebook Actions, a new way of interacting with apps, content, and brands, are coming to the social network.  —  At a private event in San Francisco Wednesday night, the social network announced …
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook announces 60 new partners for Open Graph, will start accepting applications  —  Tonight at an event in San Francisco, Facebook has announced that its Open Graph initiative, first mentioned during last year's f8 conference, is now expanding with sixty new partners.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Wolfram unveils interactive education portal on eve of Apple NYC event  —  On the eve of Apple's education-related event in New York City, Wolfram has launched an education portal that features an interactive textbook, dynamic teaching tools and lesson plans.
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:beijingdou
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AppleInsider:
Apple's ‘Bliss’ e-textbook project inspired by Al Gore's ‘Our Choice’
Discussion: Computerworld, BGR and MacRumors
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Scope of Apple's Education Initiative
Discussion: MacStories
Nielsen Wire:
More US Consumers Choosing Smartphones as Apple Closes the Gap on Android  —  According to the latest research from Nielsen, the high-profile launch of Apple's iPhone 4S in the Fall had an enormous impact on the proportion of smartphone owners who chose an Apple iPhone.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The secrets Apple keeps  —  Undercover meetings!  Stealth product developments!  The world's most successful company is obsessed with privacy.  In his new book, Fortune senior editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky finds out what it's really like to work at Apple and how its secretive behavior pays off.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft confirms Dave Cutler, father of Windows NT, now working on Xbox  —  Summary: Dave Cutler, the father of Windows NT, is now working on helping Microsoft evolve Xbox beyond a game-centric console.  —  Four years ago, Microsoft assembled a team, many with killer Windows pedigrees …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Zynga buys four mobile gaming companies  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc said it bought four small mobile game companies for an undisclosed sum as the top maker of Facebook games seeks to expand its lineup on smartphones and tablets.  —  The company's top mobile executive David Ko told Reuters …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T retools data plans: 300MB for $20, 3GB for $30, 5GB with tethering for $50  —  Following a recent rumor that we broke right here on The Verge, AT&T is nudging all three of its smartphone data plans starting this Sunday, January 22nd.  Currently you can get 200MB for $15, 2GB for $25 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Credited with an Apple TV Patent for Episodic TV  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  This morning's second report is focused on a single Apple TV patent.  It's a patent regarding episodic TV …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Too little, too late: Google launches Orkut for iPhone  —  Orkut, a Google-owned social network, has had little luck challenging MySpace, hi5, Tagged or Facebook —the undisputed social networking leader (some people even liken Orkut to a poor man's Facebook).
Discussion: Redmond Pie and Softpedia News
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Sex Sells: Color Hopes You'll Want to Broadcast Your Makeout Sessions and Illegal Pool Parties to Facebook  —  Color - just saying the name of it quickly became enough to get people to laugh about what was, without doubt, one of the most botched product launches in recent history …
Discussion: AdAge and Betabeat
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google+ Gets Video Status Updates  —  Google+ just got a feature that takes a bite out of YouTube.  Google+ users can now post video recordings as updates to their circles.  In the video sharing menu, there's now a ‘Record video’ option that turns on the webcam.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Suspicion grows China was behind hack of U.S. commission  —  (Reuters) - Suspicion is growing that operatives in China, rather than India, were behind the hacking of emails of an official U.S. commission that monitors relations between the United States and China, U.S. officials said.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle says each day's worth of Android activations generates $10 million in annual revenues for Google — and strengthens Google+  —  In the previous blog post, I have just reported on Oracle's bold move to propose to the court that it stay (or dismiss without prejudice) …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
U.S. losing high-tech manufacturing jobs to Asia  —  The United States lost more than a quarter of its high-tech manufacturing jobs during the past decade as U.S.-based multinational companies placed a growing percentage of their research-and-development operations overseas, the National Science Board reported Tuesday.
Discussion: Forbes
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Amazon launches home-grown NoSQL database  —  Amazon Web Services is adding a home-grown NoSQL database to its ever-expanding roster of cloud computing offerings.  DynamoDB is what Amazon CTO Werner Vogels called a “fully managed” NoSQL implementation that the company built and tested over the years.
 
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Reuters:
Virus infections stop after suspects named
Discussion: eWeek
Wall Street Journal:
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Motorola Mobility's Shaker Investment A Sign Of Mobile Virtual Clubs To Come
Chad Catacchio / Tip Desk:
Twitter API will start showing actual number of retweets over 100 on January 31
Discussion: Twitter Developers
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Amazon rolls out Kindle Fire software version 6.2.2, brings full-screen Silk browsing mode
Discussion: App Advice and 9to5Google
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook updates app install dialog for user clarity
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The New York Times Bits Blog Gets a Billboard
Todd Haselton / BGR:
LightSquared and former FCC chief engineer say GPS tests were rigged
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: EU moves early on Google antitrust probe
 

 
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