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Native Wikipedia App Arrives For Android

Remember when everybody was bemoaning the lack of Wikipedia due to the Mayan SOPA Blackout of 2012? I know, I barely do, too – that was so yesterday. Well, the next time that happens, when that happens again, Android users will have at least one more backup option thanks to the new official Wikipedia App for Android. As of right …

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SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout

Yesterday’s SOPA blackout is turning out to be an amazingly effective protest. After angry internet users spent yesterday calling and emailing their Congressional representatives (and even sending telegrams), support for SOPA and PIPA is dropping in a big hurry. Yesterday we brought you news that Republican senator Marco Rubio had backed down from his support of PIPA, of which he …

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Craig Newmark: Could SOPA, PIPA Protest Prompt An “Internet Spring”?

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org and SOPA protester, may have christened yesterday’s massive protest against SOPA and PIPA with a tweet he posted earlier today: @craignewmarkcraignewmarkAre we seeing an Internet Awakening? http://t.co/CYbrXQBE (similar in sentiment to @jeffjarvis and @Mlsif) http://t.co/vwK1MgJO 27 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto The first link included in his tweet takes you to a post he …

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SOPA: Anonymous Lists Their Demands

The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all. On Wednesday, the “official” Anonymous twitter feed linked to the group’s list of demands. The document is titled, “Bright, and Clear: The Future of Free Speech.” In it, the group details their list of demands for the future of the Internet …

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SOPA Tweets Top 2.4 Million On SOPA Blackout Day

Twitter didn’t go dark to protest SOPA / PIPA on Wednesday, although some thought they should. An argument against Twitter shutting off its service was that it would severely hamper the flow of information about the other SOPA Blackouts. Basically, “where are we going to talk about SOPA and PIPA if social networks shut down?” On that note, Twitter said …

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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 petition yesterday, Wikipedia has shared the information gathered from the 24-hour total blackout of their English-language page. The press release …

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Google’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Petition Generates 4.5 Million Signatures [UPDATE: 7 Million]

UPDATE: The figure is now well over 7 million, according to a Google+ post. Thank you to the more than 7 million of you in the U.S. that took the time yesterday to petition Congress to stop #SOPA and #PIPA, two bills that would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses. Please keep +1ing, tweeting and sharing …

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Disney Refused PIPA Talks With Silicon Valley

Compromise is important when it comes to bills like SOPA. Film studios and media moguls don’t seem very interested though. The Walt Disney Co. was reported to have refused calls made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join in a discussion on SOPA and PIPA with members of Silicon Valley. Sen. Feinstein was attempting to broker a truce between Hollywood and …

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SOPA / PIPA: Danny Sullivan Gets Creative In Contacting His Senator

Yesterday’s SOPA Blackout prompted people to contact their Congressional representatives in unprecedented numbers. Phones rang nonstop, websites went down, and social media accounts were flooded. Some members of Congress, though, were a bit insulated from the flood simply because their lack of technological engagement made them harder to contact. When Danny Sullivan, editor of SearchEngineLand.com, found that his senator, Diane …

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SOPA and PIPA Are Bad For YOU – The Simple Reason Why

Clay Shirky is an author and an adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches a course named “Social Weather.” Clay Shirky understands the Stop Internet Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. He understands that all this is in no way new, but a continuation of decades-old arguments that have been raging ever since …

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SOPA: The Pirate Bay Is An Old School Hollywood

The Pirate Bay has always been an outspoken proponent of Internet freedom. Now they’re an outspoken opponent of Hollywood. Yesterday, The Pirate Bay issued a statement about SOPA that was to be issued to the “Internets.” In it, they take Hollywood to task over their origin as defenders of free speech and how the film industry has turned on their …

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Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart Take On SOPA Blackouts

Comedy Central’s late night duo took notice of yesterday’s SOPA Blackouts, as Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report both included SOPA-themed segments on Wednesday. Colbert takes the stance that anything you need on the internet, he can provide. So what if reddit is blacked out? A certain photoshopped picture featuring a few of reddit’s favorite …

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