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4:55 AM ET, January 19, 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 …
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.
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
How Wikipedia Turned Off the Lights
Discussion: New York Times and Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:bxchen
Matt Flegenheimer / Bits:
After Protest, Wikipedia Says 'We're Not Done Yet'
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Post-SOPA: the path forward for addressing piracy
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
The internet is the most powerful tool
Sen. Ron Wyden / The Huffington Post:
My Letter to the Internet … Congress , Internet , Pipa …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
TCTV: Live At SF vs SOPA, The Biggest Tech Protest In Decades
@twitter:
2.4+ million SOPA-related Tweets from 12am-4pm ET today. Top 5 terms: SOPA, Stop SOPA, PIPA, Tell Congress, #factswithoutwikipedia
Discussion: TechCrunch
Earnesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Slams PIPA / SOPA in Public Statement
Discussion: @tpbdotorg
Carl Sjogreen / Facebook Blog:
Introducing New Apps for Timeline  —  New timeline apps are now available from Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others.  You can now enhance your timeline with apps that help you tell your story, whether you love to cook, eat, travel, run, or review movies.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Most Interesting Uses of Facebook's New Open Graph  —  As I told you yesterday would happen, and as had been expected for a while, Facebook tonight added tools to help more than 60 food, fashion, fitness, travel and other applications share users' activity to Facebook more smoothly, precisely and automatically.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
This is the full list of apps included in Facebook's massive new Open Graph update  —  Facebook is currently holding a media event where it just announced its Open Graph program which has begun life with an initial 60 developer partners.  —  Through the partners, Facebook will bring …
Discussion: Fusible.com and Electronista
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Not a Kodak Moment: Legendary Camera Maker Files for Bankruptcy Protection  —  Struggling camera maker Kodak said on Wednesday night that it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.  —  The move, which had been expected, follows years of struggle by the film giant to transition to a digital imaging company.
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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: MacNN and Fast Company, Thanks:beijingdou
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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 …
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Man charged with stealing software from NY Fed  —  (Reuters) - Prosecutors charged a computer programmer with stealing software code valued at nearly $10 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  —  They charged Bo Zhang, who worked as a contract programmer at the bank …
Discussion: TechEye and CNET
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Smart Garment & iPhone Circuit Board Patents
Discussion: Gizmodo UK, TUAW and GigaOM
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Digital Pen Maker Livescribe Lands New Funding, Taps Ex-HP Exec as New CEO
Discussion: VentureBeat and FT Tech Hub
John Cook / GeekWire:
Get neighborly advice from your Facebook friends with new service from Zillow
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Reuters:
Virus infections stop after suspects named
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Motorola Mobility's Shaker Investment A Sign Of Mobile Virtual Clubs To Come
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
U.S. losing high-tech manufacturing jobs to Asia
Chad Catacchio / Tip Desk:
Twitter API will start showing actual number of retweets over 100 on January 31
Discussion: Twitter Developers
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Suspicion grows China was behind hack of U.S. commission
Zach Walton / WebProNews:
BitTorrent Testing Peer-To-Peer Video Streaming
Discussion: Tech Europe, Gizmodo and BitTorrent Blog, Thanks:alliewag
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Sex Sells: Color Hopes You'll Want to Broadcast Your Makeout Sessions and Illegal Pool Parties to Facebook
Discussion: AdAge and Betabeat
Nielsen Wire:
More US Consumers Choosing Smartphones as Apple Closes the Gap on Android