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12:45 PM ET, January 21, 2012

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior  —  Yesterday I wrote up a first reaction to the Megaupload case.  Having spent some more time going through the indictment in much greater detail, I have some more thoughts and concerns.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Megaupload's Megamind: Kim Dotcom's Playboy Bunnies, Russian Nuclear Vessels, And Private War On Terror  —  In the Wild, Wild West-era of digital media, there is no cowboy quite like Kim Dotcom.  Part Sean Parker, part Kevin Mitnick, with a whiff of Notorious B.I.G. …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Follow the traffic: What MegaUpload's downfall did to the web  —  MegaUpload, the file-sharing community, has had its physical offices raided by the FBI and its site shut down (although it may be back up) because the U.S. government says it has violated copyright.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Explainer: How can the US seize a “Hong Kong site” like Megaupload?
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
Y Combinator:
RFS 9: Kill Hollywood  —  Hollywood appears to have peaked.  If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline.  But this is not an ordinary industry.  The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected …
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Killing Hollywood Will Require Learning Hollywood's Game  —  Looking around the Web today, there's been a mixture of we-killed-SOPA high-fiving and crestfallen realism that the bill isn't really dead.  As long as there are movie studios and lobbyists, it'll just pop up in another form like some horrible game of whack-a-mole.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Investment Firm Y Combinator Goes on Offensive Against Hollywood
Clay Shirky:
Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates Hollywood  —  Writing in his blog on the New York Times yesterday, David Pogue, one of the Times' tech columnists, advises toning down the alarmist rhetoric over SOPA, suggesting that opponents of the bill (and its Senate cousin PIPA) should Put Down the Pitchforks.
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
This post on Google+ statistics is a billion* times better than any other post  —  In Thursday's Google earnings call, CEO Larry Page told the world that the company's fledgling social network, Google+ has reached 90 million registered users.  He went on to say that, “Over 60 percent …
Discussion: reDesign, Thanks:@theromit
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Android App Inventor Open Sourced, Code Released  —  Last year, Google decided to shutter Google Labs, a place where a number of incredibly wonderful experimental projects lived.  Among the projects that got the ax was one of my favorites: Google's Android App Inventor.
Discussion: Liliputing, Thanks:@audreywatters
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google to Shut Down Picnik, Social Graph API and Urchin, Open-Sourcing Sky Map  —  Google's spring cleaning campaign continues, the the company just announced the closure of a number of products, including the popular Picnik online photo editor which, until recently, was integrated into Yahoo's Flickr, for example.
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon setting up first “fulfillment center” in India  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is setting up its first “fulfillment center” in India as the world's largest Internet retailer tries to break into the world's second most-populous nation.  —  Fulfillment centers are giant warehouses …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks … People want similar mobility on their PCs as they get on their smartphones.  —  It is unlikely that your end goal is just to get connected to the Internet.  Instead, connecting to the Internet is a step (or a hurdle) towards what you really want to do …
 
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Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
The White House Joins Google+
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