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1:25 PM ET, January 18, 2012

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
Don't censor the web  —  You might notice many of your favorite websites look different today.  Wikipedia is down.  Wordpress is dark.  We're censoring our homepage logo and asking you to petition Congress.  So what's the big deal?  —  Right now in Washington D.C. …
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Fred / fredbenenson.com:
Visualizing SOPA on Twitter  —  When I heard that Tyler Gray at Public Knowledge was looking for someone to do some analysis on tweets that mentioned SOPA, I thought I might try Cytoscape (an open source tool used for biomedical research, but handy for large scale data visualization) …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship  —  In case you haven't noticed, a lot of sites like Reddit and Wikipedia are blacked out today in protest.  Google blacked out its logo and is running a huge advertising campaign (including on TechCrunch) to get Internet users to sign petitions and oppose the bills.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Slows Web Crawlers To Help Blackouts Sites  —  As you know, there are many sites going black to protest SOPA and PIPA.  Google has already offered blackout SEO advice but they decided to take it one step further by slowing down their spiders today.  —  Pierre Far from Google posted …
Hugh O'Connell / Business Insider:
How To Access Wikipedia During Its 24-Hour Blackout  —  IF YOU OBJECT to the legislation currently weaving its way through the U.S. Congress and wish to participate in the 24-hour internet blackout taking place today then we suggest you stop reading now.  —  But if you are one of the many millions …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft says it opposes SOPA ‘as currently drafted’
Nielsen Wire:
More US Consumers Choosing Smartphones as Apple Closes the Gap on Android  —  According to the latest research from Nielsen, the high-profile launch of Apple's iPhone 4S in the Fall had an enormous impact on the proportion of smartphone owners who chose an Apple iPhone.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
NPD data suggests ‘soft’ sales of 4.9M Macs in December quarter
Discussion: Fortune
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The secrets Apple keeps  —  Undercover meetings!  Stealth product developments!  The world's most successful company is obsessed with privacy.  In his new book, Fortune senior editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky finds out what it's really like to work at Apple and how its secretive behavior pays off.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: EU moves early on Google antitrust probe  —  (Reuters) - European regulators will decide around the end of March whether to file a formal complaint against Google for misuse of its market position, potentially bringing the internet company's squabble with competitors to a head much sooner than expected.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sources: Four More Board Members Will Be Following Yang Out the Door  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Here's Why Roy Bostock Isn't Out....Yet
Charles Cooper / CBS News:
Can the naysaying and give Jerry Yang his due
Discussion: CNET
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle says each day's worth of Android activations generates $10 million in annual revenues for Google — and strengthens Google+  —  In the previous blog post, I have just reported on Oracle's bold move to propose to the court that it stay (or dismiss without prejudice) …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
A “Conservative” Estimate: Apple Will Sell 48 Million iPads in Calendar 2012  —  Whether it debuts in February or in March, Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 3 will likely raise the bar for its rivals, and perhaps further buttress a postulate we've discussed here before: Consumers don't want tablets, they want iPads.
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Q&A: Nokia's CEO Explains Plan for Smartphone Dominance  —  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is ready for mobile war.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  LAS VEGAS — Stephen Elop doesn't have much time.  As Nokia's head honcho, he's tasked with ushering a once-dominant mobile phone company …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
New Google Board Member Gets $1 Million For Joining  —  Former VMWare leader Diane Greene is getting a one-time payment of $1 million in Google stock for joining Google's board of directors.  —  That's according to Google's offer letter, which was filed with the SEC.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Reuters:
Samsung says not interested in buying RIM  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it was not interested in taking over Research In Motion after shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker jumped more than 10 percent following a tech blog report that it was seeking to sell itself to the South Korean firm.
David Barnard / App Cubby Blog:
Free and Low-Cost Apps  —  After stirring some interesting discussion yesterday with a 2-year-old post about price deterioration in the App Store, I thought the topic worth revisiting.  Much has been written about it, but most of that was done in 2008 and 2009 when the trend appeared most dire.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Turns to iWork Executive for Textbooks  —  As Apple Inc. prepares to unveil a new digital-textbook service on Thursday, the spotlight is falling on its vice president who is leading core aspects of the new service: Roger Rosner.  —  According to people familiar with the matter …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
The internet is the most powerful tool  —  we have for creating a more open and connected world.  We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development.  Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.
Discussion: The Next Web
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Some Internet Start-Ups, a Failure Is Just the Beginning  —  Every entrepreneur hopes to start the next big thing.  But sometimes the first try doesn't go as planned.  —  Bradford Shellhammer remembers the exact moment he realized his fledgling Web start-up, Fabulis …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Teenagers Sharing Passwords as Show of Affection  —  Young couples have long signaled their devotion to each other by various means — the gift of a letterman jacket, or an exchange of class rings or ID bracelets.  Best friends share locker combinations.  —  The digital era has given rise to a more intimate custom.
Paul Venezia / InfoWorld:
Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed  —  A design decision made by Oracle architects long ago may have painted some of Oracle's largest customers into a corner.  Patches have arrived, but how much will they correct?  Over the past two months, InfoWorld has been researching a flaw …
 
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Scott Canon / Kansas City Star:
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Apple axes last remaining Mac purchase rebate
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Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist
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Electronista:
iPhone 4S ship times shrink to 3-5 days
Discussion: PhoneArena and Macgasm
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Facebook, Zynga Luring Employees to Hog Bandwidth at Work Hours
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Discussion: PC Magazine and CNET