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U.S. Pressured Spain To Pass Site Blocking Law U.S. Pressured Spain To Pass Site Blocking Law

According to a letter obtained by El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, the United States was most displeased to learn that Spanish President Luis Rodriguez Zapatero would not pass the Sinde law, a bill that bears a striking resemblance to SOPA. …

Aaron Wall Interview: Google Paid Link Story Wrap-Up Aaron Wall Interview: Google Paid Link Story Wrap-Up
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The topic of paid links is in the headlines once again, and ironically, Google is the accused. As WebProNews previously reported, Google was recently caught up in a controversy after it violated its own Webmaster Guidelines as part of a marketing campaign for Google Chrome.

2011 Was A Dangerous Year For Journalists 2011 Was A Dangerous Year For Journalists

Journalists being killed for reporting the truth is nothing new, but it’s still shocking when the numbers are actually released. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced today that 64 journalists were killed around the world with …

Obama “Clock” Redistributes Wealth To Developer Obama “Clock” Redistributes Wealth To Developer

When I first thought of an “Obama clock”, I imagined that thing that hung on my aunt’s wall: a cat with swinging pendulum tail and eyes that swung back and forth, frightening 5 year-old boys. But, with an Obama face. …

Zynga’s Scramble With Friends Launched For iPhone
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Fans of Zynga’s Words With Friends (or Boggle) may be interested to know that the company just launched Scramble With Friends. Even the icon for the game looks like Words With Friends, as to present a familiar experience for users …

Facebook Chronicles Recovery Of Boy Hit By New Year’s Eve Bullet Facebook Chronicles Recovery Of Boy Hit By New Year’s Eve Bullet

People often seem to assume that a bullet fired into the air simply disappears. Yet from time immemorial – long before Newton’s theory of gravitation – every human child has learned the same truth: what goes up must come down. …

Casey Anthony: Video Blogger? Casey Anthony: Video Blogger?
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Earlier this year, the Casey Anthony trial captivated America, and then, it went into overdrive mode when she was acquitted for being responsible of her daughter’s death. Once news of her non-not guilty verdict hit the wires, it effectively burnt …

Idiot Admits To Winter Classic Assault On Facebook Idiot Admits To Winter Classic Assault On Facebook

On Monday evening, after the Winter Classic hockey game in Philadelphia, several men wearing Philly Flyers jerseys beat up a couple of guys wearing New York Rangers jerseys. It all happened in the street in front of the legendary Geno’s …

Google Translate Gets Handwriting Input On Android Devices Google Translate Gets Handwriting Input On Android Devices

I love Google Translate for Android. It’s already made my 3-year-old more fluent in Russian than myself (admittedly, I’m not fluent in Russian at all). But it just got better, and I can’t wait to show her. Now it has …

Reddit Responds To Lamar Smith Reddit Responds To Lamar Smith
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Earlier this week, Representative Lamar Smith, one of they key sponsors of the oft-discussed SOPA legislation, issued something of a challenge to Reddit users, calling them a vocal minority who’s fears concerning SOPA were unfounded. Smith also challenged the Reddit …

Hidden Chronicles: Zynga’s New Hidden Objects Game Available Today Hidden Chronicles: Zynga’s New Hidden Objects Game Available Today
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Popular game maker Zynga has just launched their newest Facebook addiction. The company has announced on their blog that Hidden Chronicles is now available on Facebook in 15 languages. Hidden Chronicles is a hidden objects game that tests players’ observation …

Barnes & Noble Looks To Spin-Off Nook Amid Record Sales Barnes & Noble Looks To Spin-Off Nook Amid Record Sales

Barnes & Noble announced today that it is pursuing “strategic exploratory work to separate its Nook business”. In other words, the company is looking to spin Nook off. “We see substantial value in what we’ve built with our Nook business …

Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users
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Facebook’s new Timeline feature isn’t going away (I mean, did you see Mark Zuckerberg talk about it at f8 – he was absolutely giddy). And once you opt in to it, you can’t go back to the old profile format. …

SWTOR: The Old Republic Is Being Won By The Empire
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The original Star Wars trilogy featured the defeat of the Empire, but in The Old Republic the Empire is dominating. In the first week after launch of The Old Republic, a million Warzone matches have been played. Warzone is the …

ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains
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Beginning January 12, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will be accepting applications for newly available top-level domain names beyond the typical .com and .net variety. Some of the new domain offerings you might see are .book and …

SOPA Ignores Simple Truths Concerning Piracy SOPA Ignores Simple Truths Concerning Piracy
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It’s true that SOPA has been denounced by many industry giants that make their living in on the Internet. Normally, when such rejections are voiced, the wording of SOPA is normally attacked, along with the potential threat to the structural …

Google Tablet To Aim For Kindle Fire Rather Than iPad Google Tablet To Aim For Kindle Fire Rather Than iPad

As Shaylin Clark reported here in mid-December, Google is headed into the tablet market again after its less-than-stellar Motorola Xoom attempt. Other companies have released tablets with the Android system and have done well, but the Xoom was considered overpriced …

Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe

Google may or may not face a “statement of objections” from the EU’s antitrust department. Apparently it could go either way, as the regulators have so far been unable to decide whether or not to go this route. I guess …

Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit For $5 Million Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit For $5 Million

Taiwanese news agencies are reporting that Apple has agreed to pay Elan Microelectronics $5 million as part of an out of court settlement of the two companies’ ongoing patent infringement case. The companies also agreed to exchange access to one …

Facebook Hosting 2012 Hacker Cup Facebook Hosting 2012 Hacker Cup

Hackathons give birth to potential new products such as Facebook’s Timeline. Now it’s time for Facebook’s second annual Hacker Cup to put a new wave of hackers to the test. Facebook is hosting the second annual Hacker Cup starting on …

Google News Adds Election Section To Homepage Google News Adds Election Section To Homepage

Just a couple days after announcing their new Politics & Elections hub, Google is making another attempt to keep you apprised of all the breaking news surrounding the 2012 campaign. Google News now features an Elections section on its homepage …

SOPA Loses Steam With Hollywood Union Members SOPA Loses Steam With Hollywood Union Members
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Obviously, some of the most voracious supporters of the oft-maligned protection acts working their way through the houses of government are members of the entertainment industry. You may know at least two of these associations better by their choice of …

Apple Threatens Lawsuit Over Jobs Action Figure Apple Threatens Lawsuit Over Jobs Action Figure

In a move that should surprise no one, Apple has threatened legal action against Chinese manufacturer In Icons, makers of the 12-inch Steve Jobs action figure. Apple apparently sent a letter to In Icons claiming to own the rights to …

Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media

Social media taketh and now social media taketh away. Sorta. While social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have become integral for protesters to organize events, government officials in Malaysia have taken a page out of this playbook and used …