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1:05 PM ET, January 14, 2012

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The White House:
Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet  —  Thanks for taking the time to sign this petition.  Both your words and actions illustrate the importance of maintaining an open and democratic Internet.  Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning …
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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 …
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") …
Discussion: Fast Company and WebProNews
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 Terdiman / CNET:
Wikipedia considering joining SOPA blackout protest
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.
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.
Brian Reed / This American Life Updates:
A response to the news from Apple  —  Producer Brian Reed writes:  —  There's news from Apple today, relating to some of the issues discussed in our program last week “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory.”  —  For the first time, Apple has released a list of companies that build its products around the world.
Discussion: New York Times, PhoneArena and TUAW
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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.
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 …
 
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Reuters:
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Bloomberg:
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