January 13, 2013, 5:50 PM

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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 …
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.
Micah Allen / Neuroconscience:
Researchers begin posting article PDFs to twitter in #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz  —  Yesterday, as I was completing my morning coffee and internet ritual, @le_feufollet broke the sad news to me of Aaron Swartz's death.  Aaron was a leader online, a brilliant coder and developer …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Family of Hacktivist Aaron Swartz Accuses MIT, U.S. Attorney of Contributing to His Suicide  —  The family and friends of Aaron Swartz — the famed Internet hacktivist who took his own life on Friday at the age of 26 — released a public statement on Saturday, placing some of the blame …
More: TheTechStormTweets: @mikeisaac
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 …
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
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Design Rivals Technology in Importance  —  Last year, at Apple's event to announce the iPad Mini, I was wandering around the gadget petting zoo the company sets up after each product unveiling.  As I turned a corner, I bumped into Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, who immediately wanted to show me something.
Tweets: @naveen and @nickbilton
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Samsung: How the Korean firm got to be the biggest tech company in the world  —  Consider the phablet.  Back in 2011, when Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note—a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet, hence the ugly portmanteau—the world's tech pundits couldn't stifle their giggles.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nokia's Low-End Asha Is Outselling Lumia Two to One  —  Earlier this week, Nokia pre-announced its financials for the fourth quarter of 2012, telling investors to prepare for better than expected results.  The big reasons for the upside surprise: The strong performance of Nokia's Devices …

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