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Wikipedia’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Seen By 162 Million People Wikipedia’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Seen By 162 Million People

Everybody make it through yesterday’s Internet-wide protest? Everyone still in one piece? Good. Now, let’s take a moment to consider the aftermath of Wikipedia’s protest of SOPA/PIPA yesterday. While reports are coming in that 4.5 million people signed Google’s anti-SOPA …

SOPA Opera Shows Where Congress Members Stand On SOPA / PIPA SOPA Opera Shows Where Congress Members Stand On SOPA / PIPA

Journalist Dan Nguyen has produced a site that helps users identify where legislators stand on SOPA/PIPA and organize them in several different ways. SOPA Opera divides members of Congress broadly into supporters and opponents. From there they can be further …

SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February
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If you needed any more proof that SOPA isn’t really dead, just delayed, look no further. Despite calls that SOPA, for all intents and purposes, had been killed in the House of Representatives, the truth was that the harmful legislation …

Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death

Although SOPA has been pushed to the backburner for the time being, it’s not dead and we should remain vigilant in our opposition. Not only that, but SOPA is not the only legislation on the table that threatens the internet …

Paul Ryan Officially Opposes SOPA, Reddit Takes Some Credit

Chairman of the House Budget Committee and much-talked-about young member of the Republican party Paul Ryan has officially come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act. This afternoon, he released this statement on his site: The internet is one of …

SOPA Supporter/Opponent Database Demonstrates A Lack Of Patterns SOPA Supporter/Opponent Database Demonstrates A Lack Of Patterns
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In the fight against SOPA (or any ridiculous action taken by those in power), knowledge is key. There have been various attempts to build lists or databases to categorize both individuals and companies into SOPA supporters or SOPA opponents, and …

SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend
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After last night’s ridiculous delay in the hearing, the race to the SOPA vote is off like a herd of turtles today after the House Judiciary Committee “abruptly adjourned” earlier without setting a new date for the vote. In other …

Rep. Steve King Is “Bored” At SOPA Hearings Rep. Steve King Is “Bored” At SOPA Hearings
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If you’ve been following the news about online piracy lately, you probably have heard about SOPA. You also probably know that it is a pretty big deal being debated by the United States government right now and lots of people …

Two Hundred Tech Entrepreneurs Sign Letter In Opposition To SOPA Two Hundred Tech Entrepreneurs Sign Letter In Opposition To SOPA
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Engine Advocacy, a entrepreneurial coalition whose mission is to “create an environment where technological innovation and entrepreneurship thrive by educating, collaborating, and innovating startups in shaping policy,” has gathered together a list of important tech figures who all voice opposition …

Drunken Congressional Staffers Use Twitter To Detail Office Party, Bash Boss
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Although it’s no David Vitter visiting a prostitute or Anthony Weiner exposing himself to everyone on the internet, it’s still a political scandal worthy or your time. Taxpayers, take a direct look into some of the uselessness of your Congress, …

Barney Frank Retires: Twitter Reactions

After representing the Fourth District of Massachusett for 31 years, Democrat Rep. Barney Frank has decided to retire. Despite maintaining that he would not retire until 2014, Frank cited recent Congressional redistricting as one reason for choosing to not seek …

SOPA’s Internet Censorship Finds Bipartisan Opposition On Twitter SOPA’s Internet Censorship Finds Bipartisan Opposition On Twitter
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We’ve been following the massive internet backlash to the SOPA (PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE) bill currently being debated in Congress, and it’s coming from all sides. Not only has the internet community rallied against the bill in the form of online petitions and …

SOPA Petition Gains Steam, Some Are Less Than Enthusiastic About Its Prospects SOPA Petition Gains Steam, Some Are Less Than Enthusiastic About Its Prospects
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We’ve recently told you about the backlash coming from all angles concerning the Stop Online Piracy Act (PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE Act), a bill currently being debated in the halls of Congress that many feel would create the “Great Firewall of America.” The …

PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE Act Gets A White House Petition PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE Act Gets A White House Petition
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The E-PARASITEs act (formerly known as the PROTECT-IP act) is still floating around Congress, and the threat of its passing has many internet denizens worried. The bill would essentially require service providers to block access to certain sites, dependent on …

Netflix / Facebook Integration Needs Your Help, Says Netflix Netflix / Facebook Integration Needs Your Help, Says Netflix
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Reed Hastings took to the stage at f8 Thursday and told a story about how he was finally pushed into watching AMC’s Breaking Bad because he saw that a friend was watching it via Facebook. Apparently, all the people that …

Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail? Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail?
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The internet community was rocked this week as one of the most important, coveted items in my lifetime finally hit the web. I’m talking, of course, about the Scarlett Johansson nudie pics. How many people, do you think, while dutifully …

Weinergate Not What You Think, Exactly What You Think Weinergate Not What You Think, Exactly What You Think
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The tendency for everyone in this country to attach the “gate” suffix to every scandal typically annoys the hell out of me. “Gate” is not a suffix meaning scandal or controversy, it’s just part of the name of the Watergate …

Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label
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In a letter dated April 19th, 2011 – one day before the Apple iPhone tracking hullabaloo all began – Verizon’s VP of government relations Peter Davidson wrote to congress concerning the topic of consumer privacy. The just released letter is …

As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise

Although the issue of net neutrality has never been small, it has grown into a very large, complicated matter with more concerns rising frequently. It has actually developed into a political issue with outspoken parties on both sides.

Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote
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The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would bar new rules concerning the transportation of lithium batteries.  The proposed new rules would classify the batteries as hazardous materials and thus subject them to tighter regulations regarding their shipment. Congressional …

Government Shutdown to Cause Mobile Device Withdrawal Government Shutdown to Cause Mobile Device Withdrawal
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Today, Washington scrambles to come up with some sort of budget compromise in order to avoid the imminent shutdown of the government.  While President Obama, Harry Reid and Speaker Boehner attempt to work out some sort of deal, many government …