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8:55 PM ET, January 22, 2012

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New York Times:
Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class  —  When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.  —  But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own …
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
NYTimes: Why Apple builds its products in China  —  The NY Times just published an absolutely fascinating piece on Apple and why it builds almost all of its stuff in China.  Go read it.  Clearly some of our politicians could learn a lot from it.  —  The short of it is that companies …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Filesonic Kills File-Sharing Service After MegaUpload Arrests  —  To users of systems like BitTorrent, file-sharing means just that - the sharing of files with others.  But this weekend users of Filesonic, one of the Internet's leading cyberlocker services, sharing files is currently a thing of the past.
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MediaFire CEO: Unlike Megaupload, our business model isn't built on piracy  —  As the strange case of file-sharing site Megaupload continues to unfold, many wonder if the federal government will begin to clamp down on similar sites that function like Megaupload, with easy sharing and hosting of copyrighted files.
Discussion: Digital Trends and Gizmodo, Thanks:@seanludwig
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown  —  Uploaded.to, one of the most popular file-hosting sites in the Internet, has closed its doors to US visitors.  The move is most likely a response to the FBI crackdown on MegaUpload two days ago.  US visitors of Uploaded.to currently get the following message.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast  —  Editor's note: Mark Hendrickson is the founder and CEO of Plancast, a social site for planning events, which he has decided to stop working on full-time.  In this guest post, Hendrickson takes us through a detailed analysis …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
A Post PIPA Post  —  On my way from a breakfast meeting to the office yesterday I got a phone call on my cell phone with a 202 area code on it.  I picked up the call and on the other end of the line was someone in Congress who I've known for a decade or more.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought  —  Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News …
Joel Spolsky / Google+:
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)
Reuters:
Europe to issue tough new data-protection rules soon  —  (Reuters) - The European Union will propose tough new rules in the coming days on how corporations handle Internet users' personal data, a long-awaited move that could have far-reaching implications for Web giants such as Google Inc and Facebook.
Chester Yung / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Freezes Megaupload Assets  —  HONG KONG—In an enforcement action Friday, Hong Kong Customs froze more than 300 million Hong Kong dollars (US$39 million) in assets held by the popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com, which was shut down by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD 2012 - @Jack Dorsey: “Twitter Has A Business Model That Works”  —  Earlier this fine Sunday afternoon, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey took the stage at the DLD Conference, the annual pre-Davos meeting of minds held in Munich, Germany.  —  In an interview with not one but two journalists …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad.  As For High Schoolers...  As I watched Apple's iBooks event in New York City last week, my mind began to race about the ramifications of such announcements.  Everyone had a pretty good idea for weeks (or months if you read the Steve Jobs biography) …
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