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January 20, 2014, 7:25 AM

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Rolfe Winkler / Digits:
Google Removes Two Chrome Extensions Amid Ad Uproar  —  Google removed two Chrome browser extensions from its web store after it was discovered the software included code that served people ads in a way that violated the company's terms of service.  —  Internet message boards were abuzz …
Paul Sieminski / Wired:
Corporations Abusing Copyright Laws Are Ruining the Web for Everyone  —  Picture this somewhat typical scenario: Before breakfast, you use WordPress to write your morning blog post, which includes a screen shot of a movie you saw last night, along with your thoughts about the film.
Joshua Hunt / New Yorker:
Sony's SRF-39FP Radio: The iPod of Prison  —  In early 2005, Josh Demmitt arrived at a federal prison camp, in Sheridan, Oregon, to serve a thirty-month sentence for starting a fire outside an animal-testing facility at Brigham Young University.  The nineteen-year-old received a warm welcome …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify opens up merchandise-selling feature to all artists  —  Over recent weeks, more than 200 artists have been selling merchandise through their Spotify profiles, after the streaming music service announced a partnership with D2C firm Topspin to launch the new feature.  Now it's being opened up to everyone.
Wall Street Journal:
IBM Revives Effort to Sell Low-End Server Business  —  Revives An Effort That Came Close To Yielding A Deal Last Year  —  International Business Machines Corp. is exploring a sale of its low-end server business, according to people familiar with the matter, reviving an effort that came close to yielding a deal last year.
More: ZDNet and The Register
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Oppo N1 review: first legit CyanogenMod phone lacks LTE, doesn't stand out next to competition  —  Oppo N1 review: CyanogenMod goes legit  —  Out of the hacker forums and into the real world  —  If you've ever owned an Android phone and have even lightly explored the world of custom ROMs …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Kim Dotcom previews new music streaming site, Baboom, with his own europop album  —  Kim Dotcom previews new music streaming site with his own europop album  —  Kim Dotcom has done it again.  Two years after he rented a bunch of musicians (including Will.i.am) to promote his illegal Megaupload service …
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Activist groups like OpAntiBully try to help bullying victims, doxx perpetrators  —  The Online Avengers … One day last April, a 25-year-old named Ash smoked a cigarette in the garden of his London workplace and scrolled through the Twitter feed on his phone.

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