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1:50 AM ET, January 15, 2012

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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pirates!  Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, and Silicon Valley  —  On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a day-long private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff.  I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled “How Great is Google?”.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Delayed; Cantor Promises It Won't Be Brought To The Floor Until ‘Issues Are Addressed’  —  Some late breaking news here: following Lamar Smith's announcement that the new manager's amendment for SOPA will remove DNS blocking (to be added back at a later date after it's been “studied") …
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Obama administration joins the ranks of SOPA skeptics  —  The Obama administration has joined the ranks of skeptics of the Stop Online Piracy Act.  In an online statement released Saturday, three senior White House officials wrote that the administration “will not support legislation …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Tim O'Reilly: Why I'm fighting SOPA  —  As the debate about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) rages on from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, a number of the technology industry's most influential leaders have come out against the proposed legislation, which would give the government …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA
Paul Graham:
Schlep Blindness  —  There are great startup ideas lying around unexploited right under our noses.  One reason we don't see them is a phenomenon I call schlep blindness.  Schlep was originally a Yiddish word but has passed into general use in the US.  It means a tedious, unpleasant task.
Discussion: Justin Vincent
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Samsung Merging Its Bada OS With Intel-Backed Tizen Project  —  Samsung said it is working on merging its homegrown “bada” smartphone operating system with Tizen, an operating system project the company is conducting with chipmaker Intel.  —  Samsung is merging its bada smartphone operating system …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
To Understand Google Favoritism, Think “If Google+ Were YouTube”  —  Google's favoritism of Google+ in its new Search Plus results is just the latest in the line of favoritism it has done with vertical search?  It's not, because Google hasn't really favored itself with vertical search.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Our Google+ Conundrum  —  I'm going to add another Saturday morning sketch to this site, and offer a caveat to you all: I've not bounced this idea off many folks, and the seed of it comes from a source who is unreservedly biased about all this.  But I thought this worth airing out, so here you have it.
Discussion: Business Insider, VentureBeat and Forbes, Thanks:steverubel
Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
Ringing Finally Ended, but There's No Button to Stop Shame  —  They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall.  —  The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft: Skype for Windows Phone is coming soon  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone Skype app appears to be nearing release.  Skype's VP of products, Rick Osterloh, revealed that Microsoft is “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon,” during an interview at CES 2012.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple factory inspections turn up scores of labor violations  —  An addendum discloses for the first time the names of 156 Apple suppliers  —  From Apple's Supplier Responsibility Progress Report  —  Apple's (AAPL) sixth annual “supplier responsibility” report is sure to be closely read by both critics and competitors.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association
Brian Reed / This American Life Updates:
A response to the news from Apple
Mike Maples / Roger and Mike's Hypernet Blog:
Technology Waves and Valuations: Are We in a Social Networking Bubble?  —  Note: This topic is partly related to the Hypernet but also related to where we are in the Social Networking cycle.  It's an atypical post for this blog, but a lot of readers asked me about this and how it might relate to my prior post on Technology Waves.
 
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