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7:55 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.
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.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Explainer: How can the US seize a “Hong Kong site” like Megaupload?
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Megaupload assembles worldwide criminal defense
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack
Josh Harkinson / Mother Jones:
Inside Anonymous' “Largest Attack Ever”
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload
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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Y Combinator Goes on the Offensive Against Hollywood
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Longtime Netflix Marketing Chief Leslie Kilgore Bumped To The Board  —  In a move that seems designed to shore up confidence in its communications skills following the Qwikster and price-hike debacle, longtime Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) marketing chief Leslie Kilgore is moving to the board.
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 …
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 …
 
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
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