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9:15 AM ET, January 21, 2012

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior  —  Yesterday I wrote up a first reaction to the Megaupload case.  Having spent some more time going through the indictment in much greater detail, I have some more thoughts and concerns.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Megaupload's Megamind: Kim Dotcom's Playboy Bunnies, Russian Nuclear Vessels, And Private War On Terror  —  In the Wild, Wild West-era of digital media, there is no cowboy quite like Kim Dotcom.  Part Sean Parker, part Kevin Mitnick, with a whiff of Notorious B.I.G. …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:@jengapokers
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.
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 …
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.
Y Combinator:
RFS 9: Kill Hollywood  —  Hollywood appears to have peaked.  If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline.  But this is not an ordinary industry.  The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected …
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Killing Hollywood Will Require Learning Hollywood's Game  —  Looking around the Web today, there's been a mixture of we-killed-SOPA high-fiving and crestfallen realism that the bill isn't really dead.  As long as there are movie studios and lobbyists, it'll just pop up in another form like some horrible game of whack-a-mole.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Investment Firm Y Combinator Goes on Offensive Against Hollywood  —  After the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act were shelved on Friday, some Web sites and venture capitalists went on the offensive against the people and companies behind the controversial piracy bills.
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and PC Magazine
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
Clay Shirky:
Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates Hollywood  —  Writing in his blog on the New York Times yesterday, David Pogue, one of the Times' tech columnists, advises toning down the alarmist rhetoric over SOPA, suggesting that opponents of the bill (and its Senate cousin PIPA) should Put Down the Pitchforks.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The next SOPA  —  Every few years, the MPAA's lobbying power …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
5 Lessons From The SOPA/PIPA Fight
Discussion: Slashdot and TPM Livewire
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
SOPA, PIPA votes to be delayed in House and Senate
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.
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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 …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon setting up first “fulfillment center” in India  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is setting up its first “fulfillment center” in India as the world's largest Internet retailer tries to break into the world's second most-populous nation.  —  Fulfillment centers are giant warehouses …
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing's New Ad Campaign: Bing Is For #Doing  —  Bing is set to launch a new ad campaign this weekend that includes a subtle change from its previous messaging.  —  Rather than promoting the idea of making decisions, the new campaign is about people doing interesting things and uses the slogan, Bing is for #Doing.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys Social Shopping Platform Mertado To Bolster Groupon Goods  —  We've been hearing rumbles about Groupon taking its Groupon Goods initiative more seriously, including rumors that it was talking with various eCommerce companies about partnering up.
Discussion: CNET, AllThingsD and silicontap.com
 
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Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Responds To CEO's “Employees Are Animals” Comment
Discussion: Business Insider and PandoDaily
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Home Depot Acquires Home Services Marketplace Redbeacon
Discussion: Redbeacon, VatorNews and GigaOM
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PayPal Will Expand In-Store Payments
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Discussion: IntoMobile, The Verge and PC Magazine
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Zynga Confirms It Is Seeking Partners for Online Gambling Initiatives
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