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2:00 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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Post-SOPA: the path forward for addressing piracy
Sen. Ron Wyden / The Huffington Post:
My Letter to the Internet … Congress , Internet , Pipa …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
TCTV: Live At SF vs SOPA, The Biggest Tech Protest In Decades
Discussion: Guardian, VentureBeat and Computerworld
Earnesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Slams PIPA / SOPA in Public Statement
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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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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Considers Restructuring Chief, Sues Samsung  —  Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing to appoint a chief restructuring officer, a move that could help the company secure financing needed to stay afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, people familiar with the matter said.
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Regarding the Scope of Apple's Education Initiative
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Reuters:
Virus infections stop after suspects named  —  (Reuters) - One of the most common sources of computer intrusions has stopped infecting new machines after security researchers working with Facebook released the names of five suspected ringleaders.  —  After more than two years of work …
Discussion: eWeek
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: CNET
 
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
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Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
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