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SOPA: GoDaddy Kind of Blacks Out SOPA: GoDaddy Kind of Blacks Out
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GoDaddy used to be in support of SOPA, now they’re not. You wouldn’t think that if you went to their site today. GoDaddy, on and off again supporter of SOPA, joined the other sites participating in the blackout today. The …

Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006 Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006
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Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the …

Another Republican Senator Backs Away From PIPA Sponsorship

When all of this anti-SOPA smoke clears, it appears as if the only government official who will be left standing on the side of the stop piracy acts will be Lamar “SOPA Will Never Die” Smith. While there’s plenty of …

Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page

So SOPA news will be bursting from your Internets today what with Wikipedia (and others) disappearing till tomorrow. It’s a pretty bold message but it only directly affects the English-language page. But how might users of Wikipedia’s non-English pages be …

SOPA: Vimeo Vid Explains SOPA/PIPA Simply

Online video sharing site Vimeo has created a very simple walk-through of SOPA/PIPA and the real story of how they work and what dangers they contain. When you first arrive at the Vimeo site today, you are greeted by this …

MPAA Finds Internet Blackouts To Be “Irresponsible”
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Today is the day where many popular sites are blacking out in an effort to protest the anti-piracy bills that certain members of the government are so blindly trying to force down the public’s throat. Granted, the uninformed public out …

SOPA Blackout: Reddit Co-Founder Discusses Blackout

Reddit co-counder Alexis Ohanion dropped by CNN’s newsroom today to discuss his website’s blackout in opposition to SOPA/PIPA. In the discussion, Ohanion confirmed that all sides agree that piracy is a bad thing and should be stopped. But, the debate …

SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest
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TorrentFreak is joining the, well, torrent of websites that are blacking out in protest of SOPA today. While some, like Wikipedia and Reddit, are blacking out completely, many are showing their support in other ways. TorrentFreak, a site that specializes …

SOPA: Google, Today Show Discuss Legislation SOPA: Google, Today Show Discuss Legislation

In a rare move for mainstream broadcast news, Google had a chance to talk about SOPA and their opinion on it. This morning on The Today Show, Marissa Mayer, VP of Product Management for Google, took to the show to …

Porn Sites Black Out For SOPA Porn Sites Black Out For SOPA
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With so many sites down today to protest SOPA and PIPA, it’s safe to assume that many internet denizens will turn to other recreational sites to fill the void (I’m looking at you, redditors). But don’t think that just because …

The Day The LOLCats Died: A SOPA Lament The Day The LOLCats Died: A SOPA Lament
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I think even Don McLean would be proud of this remake/cover of his American Pie standard. Posted by the LaughPong, crew, The Day The LOLCats Died is playful ditty that shares that same sense of woe most, if not all …

SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia

Did you know that Helen Keller was a military sniper and NASCAR driver? That reggae was invented in the 1880s by a drunken Irish bagpiper? That Abraham Lincoln used a magic whip to fight pirates and free the slaves in …

SOPA: Razer Gives A F**k
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Razer, makers of fine PC gaming accessories, has joined the blackout to protest SOPA. In what may be the most blatant protest yet, Razer has posted an image with their staff standing in front of a projector screen with the …

Google Slows Down Crawling So SOPA-Protesting Sites Don’t Get Hurt Google Slows Down Crawling So SOPA-Protesting Sites Don’t Get Hurt
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A lot of sites have gone dark today in protest of SOPA, and many others are protesting in other ways, with banners, and whatnot. Google, protesting SOPA itself, is slowing down crawling for today to help out those protesting. “We …

SOPA Trends Taking Over Twitter SOPA Trends Taking Over Twitter

At least for today, anyway. Of course, that’s what happens when you take away one of the primary web resources in the world. First, people freak out and display their dismaying amount of ignorance, and then, the levelheaded folks step …

SOPA Blackout: MoveOn.Org Joins Protest

Progressive political juggernaut, MoveOn.Org is blacked out in protest of the proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation. Their homepage now features this: (image)

Wikipedia Blackout: How To Access Wikipedia, If You Really Really Really Have To Wikipedia Blackout: How To Access Wikipedia, If You Really Really Really Have To
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So you wake up this morning with a hankerin’ for some knowledge about Vladimir Putin’s early life, only to find that Wikipedia is down for the count. And they will stay that way until 12 am Thursday, having blacked out …

Google’s Matt Cutts: It’s Time To Take Action On SOPA Google’s Matt Cutts: It’s Time To Take Action On SOPA

Google has blacked out its logo in protest of SOPA. The company has also put up a blog post calling for visitors to petition Congress. Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, who has been a vocal opponent of SOPA …

SOPA Blackout: The Oatmeal Shuts Down In Protest

Joining today’s blackout protests against SOPA/PIPA, The Oatmeal has shut down. Instead of the usual home page, visitors are greeted with an animated gif containing a humorous message about SOPA. (image) The text below the gif reads: “For the next …

Fark.com Takes Humorous Approach To SOPA Blackout Fark.com Takes Humorous Approach To SOPA Blackout

While some of the clueless minions who populate Twitter try and figure out where their Wikipedia went, the rest of us who actually pay attention to trends that might fall outside of our interests have noticed that many popular websites …

SOPA: Anonymous Announces Operation Blackout SOPA: Anonymous Announces Operation Blackout
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Anonymous, everybody’s favorite decentralized hacktivist group, has announced Operation Blackout in protest of SOPA. The group released a YouTube video describing what is their “Most important operation in their history.” What makes this call to action unique is that it’s …