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January 19, 2013, 5:40 PM

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senator John Cornyn Asks Eric Holder To Explain DOJ Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz  —  While we've seen some politicians in Congress speak out about the prosecution against Aaron Swartz, for the most part, it had been the “usual crew” of folks who had formed the core of the anti-SOPA alliance — Reps. Lofgren, Issa and Polis.
Eric Limer / Gizmodo:
Kim Dotcom's Mega Is Now Open To the Public  —  Mega, Kim Dotcom's big, flashy new copyright-dismantling file-sharing/storage site with encryption up the wazoo has finally launched.  You can head on over and sign up right now.  That is, so long as the site can hold under the crazy traffic.
Chris Keall / Ars Technica:
Building Mega: Ars' pre-launch interview with Kim Dotcom  —  Kim Dotcom shares a lighthearted moment with colleague Finn Batato.  —  Chris Keall  —  It's a busy weekend, but Kim Dotcom is feeling relaxed.  —  He was in boyish good spirits as around 150 contractors buzzed around his mansion …
More: Forbes and GuardianTweets: @kimdotcom and @chriskeall
The Register:
Orange boasts: We made Google PAY US for traffic  —  Some packets are more neutral than others ...  France Telecom-Orange is making a wad of cash from Google, the company's CEO boasted in an interview with French media yesterday.  —  Talking to BFM Business TV, CEO Stephane Richard didn't give …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Google should be ashamed for paying carriers to handle its traffic  —  The concept of net neutrality means different things to different people.  Some see tiered access pricing for connectivity as the key debate point, while others are more concerned with the idea of content providers having …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Circa Raises $750K From Group Including Lerer Ventures To Revolutionize Mobile News Delivery  —  We've learned today that mobile news-delivery company Circa has raised another $750K on top of the $900K raised previously.  The company launched its app of the same name, which allows you to follow …
More: App AdviceThanks:@leenarao
Nick Heath / ZDNet:
'We thought we'd sell 1,000': The inside story of the Raspberry Pi  —  Summary: The $35 Linux Raspberry Pi computer has sparked a coding revolution.  Here's the inside story of the Pi, from its inspiration and development to its plans for the future.  —  Nick Heath
More: BGR and Engadget
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
YouTube halts funding for WSJ and Reuters channels; Reuters cuts positions  —  YouTube has cut off funding to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters that formed part of its $150 million dollar plan to help launch more than 100 premium channels.  The termination of the one-year deals …
Tweets: @zenjournalist
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Opera Ice: New browser for Android and iPhone coming February uses WebKit (video)  —  EXCLUSIVE: Mobile and tablet versions set for MWC  —  Opera Software, the company behind the popular browser of the same name, will launch a new smartphone and tablet browser called Opera Ice in February, Pocket-lint can exclusively reveal.

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