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January 13, 2013, 10:55 AM

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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 …
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog, v2:
Prosecutor as bully  —  (Some will say this is not the time.  I disagree.  This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)  —  Since his arresting the early morning of January 11, 2011 — two years to the day before Aaron Swartz ended his life — I have known more about the events …
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 …
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?
Tim Lee / Wonkblog:
Aaron Swartz, American hero  —  Paul Graham, the founder of angel investing firm Y Combinator, has mentored generations of Silicon Valley whiz kids.  In an essay about hackers and the role they've played driving technology forward, he wrote that “hackers are unruly.  That is the essence of hacking.
Brian Lam / The Wirecutter:
Some future gadgets I'd maybe buy (aka a realist's guide to CES)  —  Eight Wirecutter writers and I convened at the Consumer Electronics show this week.  You know, CES-The big gadget trade thing that serves as a sneak peek into the future of hardware.  Instead of soaking your news feed …
More: Boing Boing and SplatF
Economist:
How did Lenovo become the world's biggest computer company?  —  How did Lenovo become the world's biggest computer company?  —  BEIJING |  from the print edition  —  LENOVO started humbly.  Its founders established the Chinese technology firm in 1984 with $25,000 and held early meetings in a guard shack.
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Details Of Various Six Strikes Plans Revealed; May Create Serious Problems For Free WiFi  —  Ah, unintended consequences.  TorrentFreak has been doing a fantastic job sussing out the details of how various ISPs are going to implement the infamous “six strikes” plan.

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