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8:50 AM ET, January 22, 2012

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New York Times:
Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class  —  When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.  —  But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought  —  Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News …
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Fred Wilson / A VC:
A Post PIPA Post  —  On my way from a breakfast meeting to the office yesterday I got a phone call on my cell phone with a 202 area code on it.  I picked up the call and on the other end of the line was someone in Congress who I've known for a decade or more.
Discussion: PandoDaily
Joel Spolsky / Google+:
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)  —  Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)  —  The internet seems to ignore legislation until somebody tries to take something away from us... then we carefully defend that one thing and never counter-attack.
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
The week the web changed Washington  —  This morning, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement that he would postpone next week's vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) followed with a statement that he would also halt consideration of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Discussion: TPM Idea Lab and Mashable!
Clay Shirky:
Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates Hollywood
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. …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior
Discussion: New York Times, Pulse2 and VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad.  As For High Schoolers...  As I watched Apple's iBooks event in New York City last week, my mind began to race about the ramifications of such announcements.  Everyone had a pretty good idea for weeks (or months if you read the Steve Jobs biography) …
Discussion: Macworld and InvestorPlace
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)  —  Amid a criminal case that forced the shutdown of Megaupload, the company has dismissed UMG from a lawsuit over a video that showed many stars endorsing the site.  But that doesn't mean the case is over.
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: PC Magazine, VentureBeat and reDesign, Thanks:@theromit
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown  —  Uploaded.to, one of the most popular file-hosting sites in the Internet, has closed its doors to US visitors.  The move is most likely a response to the FBI crackdown on MegaUpload two days ago.  US visitors of Uploaded.to currently get the following message.
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 …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
News.me Swoops In to Save Save Summify Users  —  News.me deserves credit today for some start-up agility and helpfulness.  Yesterday, Twitter bought Summify, a service that crunched down links from one's Twitter feed into a need-to-know email digest, and it will be shut down.  Loving users freaked out.
 
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RFS 9: Kill Hollywood