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2:40 PM ET, January 14, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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") …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA  —  The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it.  On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare March IPad 3 Debut With Sharper Screen, Faster Chip  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s next iPad, expected to go sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.
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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Brian Reed / This American Life Updates:
A response to the news from Apple
Discussion: New York Times, PhoneArena and TUAW
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook's Email to Apple Staff Regarding Supplier Responsibility Report
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
ITC: Motorola does not violate Apple patents  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Motorola's Droid smartphones do not violate three Apple patents, dealing a blow to Apple's legal offensive against the Android smartphone ecosystem.  —  The ruling is preliminary …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Facebook Fight Indian Censorship Demands  —  NEW DELHI—Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are fighting back against increasing censorship demands from the Indian government and courts, arguing that they aren't legally responsible for monitoring their websites and proactively removing user content that regulators deem objectionable.
 
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
LightSquared Presses for Investigation
Discussion: Computerworld, BGR, The Verge and GigaOM
Reuters:
AVG Technologies files for IPO of up to $125 million
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 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Snapshot of the computer market, with and without iPad
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Expand Antitrust Probe to Add Google+ Service
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
After Being Banned, Grooveshark Returns to iOS and Android With HTML5 App