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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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Wikipedia Ends Their SOPA / PIPA Blackout

It’s been a cold and lonely place on the Internet over the past 24 hours. Wikipedia was in full blackout mode as they protested both SOPA / PIPA. Well my friends, the blackout is over. The world is right again, as Wikipedia is back to normal operations. If cup your hand to you ear you may hear the joyous cheers …

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The Twitter Crowd Weighs in with Things Better Than SOPA

Aside from the bouts of humor many Twitter users are providing, thanks, in large part to the @herpderpedia Twitter account’s work, it’s also becoming a water cooler of sorts, at least in relation to the anti-piracy act that’s ruling the day. I’m talking about SOPA, of course. Before that, however, if you want have a little fun, check out the …

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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 experiencing today’s protest? On Monday, Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales tweeted: @jimmy_walesJimmy Wales@guenterhack English only, although the Germans will run a …

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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 the 1980s? These are the sorts of facts you can find on Twitter today. In honor of Wikipedia‚Äôs blackout in …

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Wikipedia Blackout: How To Access Wikipedia, If You Really Really Really Have To

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 their site to protest the SOPA and PIPA legislation working their way through the U.S. Congress. Wikipedia is one of …

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Wikipedia SOPA Blackout Causes Freak Outs On Twitter

Chances are most of you who read news online have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Well, it was recently announced that Wikipedia would institute a blackout in protest of SOPA & PIPA. As you might expect, the blackout caught some completely off guard and struggling to finish homework assignments. Many have turned to …

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Wikipedia SOPA Blackout Goes Live

As announced by Jimmy Wales, via Twitter, the Wikipedia SOPA / PIPA blackout is now live. For the next 24 hours when you visit Wikipedia.com you’re greeted with the following image: The message that comes with the image states:“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress …

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Wikipedia Blackout To Protest SOPA / PIPA Goes Live

As expected, the biggest crowdsourced encyclopedia in the world has gone dark for English users. Wikipedia is probably the most prominent site that has decided to black itself out in order to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales said that “the encyclopedia will always be neutral. The community need not be, not …

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SOPA Blackout Set For January 18th: Here’s All The Info

Over the weekend, the Stop Online Piracy Act was dealt a major blow as the legislation was delayed until “outstanding concerns” have been addressed. SOPA will not move forward in the House as the official vote was been cancelled and the bill has been yanked from the floor. Representative and SOPA opponent Darrell Issa cheered this as a win for …

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Going Dark For SOPA Blackout? Here Are Some Tips

As major sites like Wikipedia and reddit prepare for a Wednesday blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate cousin the Protect IP Act, many smaller sites are also debating whether or not they want to participate in what is being called “SOPA Blackout Day.” White there is still a great deal of debate surrounding the possible …

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