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3:25 PM ET, January 18, 2012

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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.
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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. …
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) …
Discussion: bitly blog
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry  —  With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that includes a 24-hour shutdown of the English-language Wikipedia, the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills has reached an extraordinary moment — a political coming of age for a relatively young …
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete / VICE:
PIPA Supporters Violate Copyright Laws, Too  —  Last week, I wrote something about the hypocritical copyright violations on SOPA author Lamar Smith's very own website.  You might have seen it when it was featured on the Forbes, Time or Huffington Post websites, or, most likely, when Tyler, the Creator tweeted about it just now.
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
US Senate websites hit with technical difficulties following SOPA blackout  —  It looks like the SOPA blackout day has encouraged many citizens to get out and email their senators to voice their disapproval.  If you head over to the US Senate's home page and reach this list of senators …
Dan Seitz / UPROXX:
MPAA Hits New Low In Self Pity Over SOPA  —  As you know, Wikipedia, Reddit and a few other sites are completely blacked out today, and many other sites are protesting in other ways.  For example, if you head over to Google, you'll find the logo has a big black box over it.
The Daily WTF:
Support The Daily WTF in Supporting the Support SOPA Movement
Discussion: Fark and The Oatmeal
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest
Jacob Appelbaum / @ioerror:   And Google is now showing US visitors a blackout banner and linking to this: https://www.google.com/landing/ takeaction/ #SOPA #PIPA
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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Electronista:
iPhone 4S ship times shrink to 3-5 days
Discussion: BetaNews, BGR, TUAW, PhoneArena and Macgasm
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Amazon launches home-grown NoSQL database  —  Amazon Web Services is adding a home-grown NoSQL database to its ever-expanding roster of cloud computing offerings.  DynamoDB is what Amazon CTO Werner Vogels called a “fully managed” NoSQL implementation that the company built and tested over the years.
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.
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) …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Credited with an Apple TV Patent for Episodic TV  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  This morning's second report is focused on a single Apple TV patent.  It's a patent regarding episodic TV …
Discussion: PadGadget and Redmond Pie
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Alienware announces X51 small form factor gaming PC, starting at $699  —  Alienware may have just upgraded its Aurora gaming rig, but that's not to keep the company from giving more diminutive form factors some love.  Just this evening, the subsidiary of Dell announced the X51 …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Bits Blog Gets a Billboard  —  Competition in the technoblogoverse just got a little fiercer!  The New York Times Bits technology blog now has its very own billboard on Highway 101.  —  Specifically, the billboard is on 101 southbound in South San Francisco, just north of SFO.
Scott Canon / Kansas City Star:
Google Fiber work in KCK is delayed by dispute over how its wires are hung  —  Officials with the online giant and Wyandotte County negotiating how and where to hang fiber optic lines.  —  When Google Inc. announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company's …
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and bizjournals, Thanks:dannyaway
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
 
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Alex Unger / Google+:
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
LightSquared and former FCC chief engineer say GPS tests were rigged
Discussion: CNET and GigaOM
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Ron Paul Campaign Sues To Stop Unauthorized Web Videos
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
A “Conservative” Estimate: Apple Will Sell 48 Million iPads in Calendar 2012
David Barnard / App Cubby Blog:
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung has ‘not made a firm decision’ to merge Bada OS into Tizen
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
6Waves-Lolapps acquires Escalation Studios as it pushes into mobile gaming
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and AllThingsD
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Reuters:
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For Some Internet Start-Ups, a Failure Is Just the Beginning
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Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist
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