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3:00 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 …
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.
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 …
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
The week the web changed Washington  —  This morning, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement that he would postpone next week's vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) followed with a statement that he would also halt consideration of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Joel Spolsky / Google+:
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)  —  Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)  —  The internet seems to ignore legislation until somebody tries to take something away from us... then we carefully defend that one thing and never counter-attack.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: The Sloshing Sound of Tech Valuations  —  On a recent Thursday night, I stood motionless and perplexed on the dance floor of a San Francisco club.  As I looked around, 300 or so people danced and darted back and forth to a free open bar while laser lights shot overhead.
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, which was shut down by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday.
Discussion: HK Customs
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior
Discussion: New York Times and Pulse2
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) …
Discussion: MacStories, Macworld and InvestorPlace
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Are there too many gadget choices?  —  At CES last week, I took to one of the many stages upstairs inside the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for a panel dubbed “Argue The Future.”  Joining me for the discussion was our site's managing editor Nilay Patel, alongside representatives from HTC, Samsung Mobile, and Microsoft.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown  —, 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 currently get the following message.
Discussion: and TorrentFreak
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)  —  Amid a criminal case that forced the shutdown of Megaupload, the company has dismissed UMG from a lawsuit over a video that showed many stars endorsing the site.  But that doesn't mean the case is over.
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