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Demand Progress: U.S. responded to blackout protest with the middle finger

The advocacy group Demand Progress condemned the Obama administration on Thursday after the FBI took down one of the most popular file sharing websites on the Internet, Megaupload.com. “Unbelievable: After history’s largest online protest, the U.S. Government nonchalantly responds with the middle finger,” the group said in an action alert.…

‘Anonymous’ allegedly crashes Justice.gov after FBI shuts down MegaUpload

Hacktivists affiliated with the “Anonymous” movement took credit for crashing the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Universal Music Group on Thursday after the FBI shut down one of the most popular file sharing websites, MegaUpload.com. “The DOJ web server hosting justice.gov is experiencing a significant increase…

Apple unveils digital textbooks app for iPad

NEW YORK — Apple is taking aim at the textbook market. The California-based gadget-maker unveiled a free iBooks 2 application for the iPad on Thursday that brings interactive textbooks to the popular tablet computer. “Education is deep in Apple’s DNA,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing. “With…

Twitter acquires news aggregator Summify

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has acquired Summify, a Vancouver-based social news aggregator. “We’re extremely excited to announce that Summify has been acquired by Twitter!” Summify announced on its website on Thursday. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Summify provides users with a summary of news from members of…

Senate Democrats hold fast to anti-piracy bill

By all accounts, the Internet’s first politically motivated mass work-stoppage on Wednesday was a rousing success, and so far 13 19 U.S. Senators have flipped their stance on pending anti-piracy legislation that critics say would severely harm the freedom of speech online. But the real story is, all but two…

US camera pioneer Kodak files for bankruptcy

The century-old US camera pioneer Eastman Kodak, which brought photography to the masses, filed for bankruptcy early Thursday after years of failing to keep pace with the digital age. “The Board of Directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right…

China to further tighten control of microblogs

BEIJING — A senior Chinese propaganda official has said real-name registration for the nation’s hugely popular microblogs will be expanded, as authorities tighten their grip on the web amid fear of unrest. Beijing, Shanghai and the southern province of Guangdong have recently ordered new users of weibos — microblogs similar…

Moulitsas: Democrats ‘incredibly stupid’ for still backing SOPA

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas on Wednesday blasted the Democrats who continue to support the House’s Stop Online Piracy and the Senate’s Protect IP Act. Although a number of Republican lawmakers dropped their support of the anti-piracy bills after the largest online protest in history on Wednesday, some prominent Democrats…

Koobface computer virus gang unmasked

WASHINGTON — Online security researchers claimed Tuesday to have identified the members of a Russian gang of cyber criminals behind the Koobface computer virus which has attacked Facebook and other sites. Facebook said meanwhile that its security team had helped knock out a computer server which controlled a Koobface “botnet”…

MPAA calls blackout protest a ‘dangerous gimmick’

The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, is not happy about the growing opposition to two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress. Critics of the bills have said they could break the fundamental structure of the Internet and result in censorship. Internet-base companies like…

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