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January 12, 2013, 11:10 PM

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Anne Cai / MIT's The Tech:
Aaron Swartz commits suicide  —  Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech.  Swartz was 26.  —  “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” …
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog, v2:
Prosecutor as bully  —  (Some will say this is not the time.  I disagree.  This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)  —  Since his arresting the early morning of January 11, 2011 — two years to the day before Aaron Swartz ended his life — I have known more about the events …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIP, Aaron Swartz  —  To the extent possible under law, Cory Doctorow has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”  —  Update: Go read Lessig: “He was brilliant, and funny.  A kid genius.  A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?
Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz  —  Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment.  We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.  —  Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Aaron Swartz, Precocious Programmer and Internet Activist, Dies at 26  —  Aaron Swartz, a wizardly programmer who as a teenager helped to develop a computer code that provided a format for delivering regularly changing Web content and in later life became an unwavering crusader …
Alex Howard / O'Reilly:
U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML  —  Opening data in Congress is a marathon, not a sprint.  The 113th Congress is making notable, incremental progress on open government.  —  It was a good week for open government data in the United States Congress.
Justine Sharrock / BuzzFeed:
To Pin A Criminal  —  Weddings, inspiration boards, recipes, and now, mug shots.  “People are doing this to sell shampoo, so my question is, ‘How do I use it to arrest people?’”  —  The Pinterest page of criminal suspects in Pottstown, PA  —  Police Departments from San Francisco to Pottstown …
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