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7:20 PM ET, January 20, 2012

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Feds, Please Return My Personal Files Stored at MegaUpload!  —  The feds shut down MegaUpload a few hours ago.  Eight people we charged with criminal copyright infringement charges, and all files hosted on the site were pulled offline.  However, do the feds realize that hundreds of thousands …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Follow the traffic: What MegaUpload's downfall did to the web  —  MegaUpload, the file-sharing community, has had its physical offices raided by the FBI and its site shut down (although it may be back up) because the U.S. government says it has violated copyright.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techie Buzz, Thanks:@ryanlawler
Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?  —  #OpMegaUpload: like watching “War Games” play out, but with cyber-bombs.  —  In the aftermath of the Jan. 18 SOPA/PIPA blackout protests, the Internet community had amassed quite a bit of goodwill, flexed its muscles in a friendly, humorous …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Megaupload site wants assets back, to fight charges  —  (Reuters) - The Internet website Megaupload.com, shut down by authorities over allegations that it illegally peddled copyrighted material, is trying to recover its servers and get back online, a lawyer for the company said on Friday.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Explainer: How can the US seize a “Hong Kong site” like Megaupload?  —  The Megaupload takedown, and the arrest of its key employees, might seem to vindicate late 1990s worries about the Internet and jurisdiction.  Does putting a site on the 'Net, though it might be hosted anywhere in the world …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Megaupload assembles worldwide criminal defense
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
SOPA, PIPA votes to be delayed in House and Senate  —  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), author of the Stop Online Privacy Act, said on Friday that he is postponing consideration of the bill in response to concerns from critics who said the bill could lead to censorship.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:   5 Lessons From The SOPA/PIPA Fight
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host  —  Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  While the sources said the discussions are very preliminary …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google to Shut Down Picnik, Social Graph API and Urchin, Open-Sourcing Sky Map  —  Google's spring cleaning campaign continues, the the company just announced the closure of a number of products, including the popular Picnik online photo editor which, until recently, was integrated into Yahoo's Flickr, for example.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New Google Accounts Require Gmail and Google+  —  If you try to create a Google account from Google's homepage, you'll notice that Google redesigned the page, but that's not all.  You'll now have to create a Gmail account, a Google Profile and you'll automatically join Google+.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Publisher Terry McGraw on Steve Jobs and Digital Textbooks: “This Was His Vision”  —  After Apple's big education presentation yesterday, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw chatted with a gaggle of reporters, and explained things like the logic behind $15 digital textbooks.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks … People want similar mobility on their PCs as they get on their smartphones.  —  It is unlikely that your end goal is just to get connected to the Internet.  Instead, connecting to the Internet is a step (or a hurdle) towards what you really want to do …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Confirms It Is Seeking Partners for Online Gambling Initiatives  —  Zynga is getting ready to try its hand at online gambling.  —  The company has confirmed to All Things D that it is actively investigating several opportunities, and is in talks with several partners about gambling on the Internet.
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Layoffs Underway at Gilt Groupe Right Now: ‘General Atmosphere Is Terrifying’  —  Last Wednesday, Betabeat broke the news of impending layoffs at Gilt Groupe.  Later that morning, CEO Kevin Ryan downgraded the estimates we had heard, telling AllThingsD that the company intended to …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Mannheim court rejects the first one of Samsung's German lawsuits against Apple  —  Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court just pronounced his ruling on the first one of Samsung's seven patent infringement claims against Apple in Germany.  Samsung's complaint over a patent declared essential …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple says Galaxy Nexus infringes slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany
Discussion: PhoneArena and Electronista
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Absinthe A5’ Brings First Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2  —  Noted iOS jailbreak author pod2g has teamed up with the Chronic Dev Team to release “Absinthe A5”, an enhancement to the popular Greenpois0n jailbreaking tool which adds the ability to perform an untethered jailbreak …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: Backplane, The Lady Gaga-Backed Community Platform With All-Star Investors (Invites)  —  Early last summer we wrote about Backplane, a mysterious startup with impressive backers and some major star power behind it: one of its cofounders, Troy Carter, is Lady Gaga's manager.
Discussion: PC Magazine and The Verge
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Microsoft Calls for Gay Marriage in Washington State  —  The company argues that it's hard to hire the best people in the world when the state where it's based discriminates against them.  —  In a week of tech industry protests about censorship, one company — Microsoft …
 
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Responds To CEO's “Employees Are Animals” Comment
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
PayPal Will Expand In-Store Payments
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Facebook Weighs Expanding European HQ
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