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Sony and Nintendo drop SOPA support amid Anonymous threats

Sony and Nintendo drop SOPA support amid Anonymous threats

Sony and Nintendo have dropped support for the controversial SOPA bill, backtracking on what has been accused as a pro-censorship push by legislators amid threats of internet attack from groups like Anonymous. Both companies are now absent from the official list of supporters [pdf link] of the Stop Online Piracy Act, along with games publisher Electronic Arts, though it's unclear how much of the decision - by Sony Computer Entertainment, at least - was swayed by Anonymous' threats to target first the PlayStation Network and then individual executives at the firm.

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Google, Facebook and more mull anti-SOPA blackout

Google, Facebook and more mull anti-SOPA blackout

Google, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal and other big-name sites are contemplating a complete, coordinated blackout in an attempt to call users to arms over SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act. "There have been some serious discussions about that" Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition group of anti-SOPA organizations told CNET, with the so-called 'nuclear option' also being considered by Wikipedia and others.

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SOPA vote rescheduled for this week, attempts silent passage

SOPA vote rescheduled for this week, attempts silent passage

Despite what you may have heard at the end of last week, the vote for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is not delayed until 2012 nor is it delayed "indefinitely" - instead members of Congress hoping to run the act through a vote without any more internet-based campaigns to stop it have secretly rescheduled for the middle of this week. This blacklist legislation is also known as the PROTECT IP act in the Senate, and what today's news means is that the Judiciary Committee that was said to have convened until the end of January to re-work the act so that it better fit with the wants and needs of the VAST majority of free internet users is now going to vote this week instead. Opponents of the act will not be pleased.

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SOPA and PROTECT IP rallied against by top-tier internet founders

SOPA and PROTECT IP rallied against by top-tier internet founders

When it comes to something so very important as the two proposed pieces of legislation PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), you'd be surprised how little the vast majority of the people voting on whether or not they are passed into law know what their actions may do to the internet and the greater world at large - thats why when "An open letter to Washington" came across our desk, it came as no surprise. What this letter contains is a very brief and to the point set of paragraphs and bullet points rallying against the two acts in question, signed at the bottom by a set of internet-based business heads that would make Al Gore shake in his shoes. Everyone from founders of eBay to Google to the Internet Archive are listed here, and we'd suggest that the recipients of this letter lend an open ear.

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Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Google is at odds with Hollywood this week; it attacked Hollywood and a state attorney general for what Google claims is an attempt to censor the internet. Google claims that the Motion Picture Association of America conspired in secret with the attorney general of Mississippi to change how information is traded online without enacting new laws.

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Our Moto X camera tour of Casa Bonita

Our Moto X camera tour of Casa Bonita

Not satisfied with the ordinary outdoors/indoors color chart camera testing we’ve seen thus far of the Moto X 2014, we took the Verizon edition of this device to a magical place. A place where you can expect an extraordinary collection of colors in a wide variety of lights. Large spaces, tiny spaces, and plenty entertaining subject matter to keep your eyes satisfied while you explore the capabilities of this smartphone. This is the 2014 Verizon edition of the Moto X, and all photos have been captured with the back-facing camera.

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Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

The internet as we know it is in peril. Verizon's victory in the court of appeal this week, seeing the FCC's attempts to regulate broadband providers in the name of Net Neutrality defeated, has the potential to change how we access the internet and web services like Netflix, Hulu, and others more fundamentally than 2013's SOPA threatened to. In question isn't whether internet access should be a free-for-all, but what it is fundamentally, legally classified as, and who therefore has control over what gets shuttled through: Verizon and the broadband providers, in control of the "pipes", or the FCC as protector of infrastructure that uses public rights of way. For all both sides are claiming some degree of victory this week, we're still no closer to settling that fundamental question.

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EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

The National Security Agency has been on thin ice with the general public lately when whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the US government was spying on American citizens by secretly recording phone calls and tracking users' online activity with the alleged help from big internet companies like Google and Facebook. Because of this, 86 civil liberties groups have banded together to urge Congress to put an end to NSA spying.

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Anonymous calls for “Internet Blackout Day” April 22nd to combat CISPA

Anonymous calls for “Internet Blackout Day” April 22nd to combat CISPA

Tomorrow has been dubbed "Internet Blackout Day" by Anonymous. It has asked that many website owners blackout their websites on April 22nd at 6:00AM GMT in protest against CISPA. The protest will last for 24 hours, and will show the government the "unity and power of the internet they're trying to exploit." Along with making their websites go dark, website owners are asked to display a message on their site as to why they're participating.

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House passes CISPA bill with flying colors

House passes CISPA bill with flying colors

After being squashed in the Senate last year, the CISPA bill has made a reappearance in the House of Representatives once again, and it passed with flying colors. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, as it's called, passed in the House by a majority vote of 288 to 127. It's now on to the Senate to get a yea or nay.

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