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January 12, 2013, 7:35 PM

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Anne Cai / MIT's The Tech:
Aaron Swartz commits suicide  —  Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech.  Swartz was 26.  —  “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIP, Aaron Swartz  —  To the extent possible under law, Cory Doctorow has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”  —  Update: Go read Lessig: “He was brilliant, and funny.  A kid genius.  A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?
Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz  —  Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment.  We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.  —  Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Aaron Swartz, Precocious Programmer and Internet Activist, Dies at 26  —  Aaron Swartz, a wizardly programmer who as a teenager helped to develop a computer code that provided a format for delivering regularly changing Web content and in later life became an unwavering crusader …
Alex Stamos / Unhandled Exception:
The Truth about Aaron Swartz's “Crime”  —  I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person's entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him.  I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Boy Who Cried Facebook Phone  —  In The Lord of the Rings, when Sauron's forces capture Gollum, they torture him in Mordor but are only able to get two things out of him: “Shire” and “Baggins”.  Over the past few days, we've had similar frustrations in trying to track down the content …
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Alex Howard / O'Reilly:
U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML  —  Opening data in Congress is a marathon, not a sprint.  The 113th Congress is making notable, incremental progress on open government.  —  It was a good week for open government data in the United States Congress.
The Verge:
The Verge Awards: the best of CES 2013  —  This is not about revenge.  This is about justice.  This is the best of CES 2013.  —  We came, we saw, we got lost in a virtual world.  And now we're back.  The show that was supposed to be the last of the biggest — the end of the best …
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Tencent Responds in Case of Apparent WeChat Censorship  —  The evidence.  —  Yesterday we broke the story of how WeChat, the world's biggest Whatsapp-style messaging app, was apparently censoring words that are deemed “sensitive” on the Chinese web right now.

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