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Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Due to the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of gun violence and gun control has reached an all-time high. Many lawmakers are blaming violent video games as the culprit, while others think that we just need stricter gun control policies. Vice President Joe Biden will be addressing these kinds of concerns tomorrow during a Google+ Hangout at 1:45 PM ET.

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Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Though it's not the posthumous complete reprieve from the crimes he'd been accused of that his followers, friends, and family had wished for, Aaron Swartz's court case has been dismissed due to his death. The man known as Aaron Swartz was found to have ended his own life just this past week, his legacy of pushing for freedom of information appearing very much to be living on in his wake. The announcement this week from the US District Court stops the case that accused Swartz of involvement in the theft of digital documents from JSTOR, a journal archive, a case where he faced decades in prison time if found guilty.

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Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Hack-collective Anonymous broke into MIT's website over the weekend and subverted it into a tribute to open-access activist Aaron Swartz, the internet hero who committed suicide on Friday last week. Describing the $1m lawsuit Swartz faced for hacking into the JSTOR database as "a grotesque miscarriage of justice," Anonymous also called for "reform of computer crime laws," CNET reports, in addition to "a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered internet."

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Google Zeitgeist 2012 wraps the year: Obama, Bieber, iPad & Gangnam Style

Google Zeitgeist 2012 wraps the year: Obama, Bieber, iPad & Gangnam Style

Google has rolled up the year in search and released its Zeitgeist 2012 report, a run-down of everything - from Obama through Bieber to the iPad and The Hunger Games -  that topped the search charts. Split down into categories like performing artists, consumer electronics, and events, together with individual countries, according to the wrap-up it's the iPad 3 and Samsung's Galaxy S III which took the top search spots in gadgetry, with the iPad mini bringing up third place.

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Twitter “best of 2012” collection released in yearly celebration

Twitter “best of 2012” collection released in yearly celebration

It's only once a year that Twitter recollects the best of the best, and this year - like many years before - has been the best of the best in and of itself. Here in 2012 the folks at Twitter have created a collective experience that shows off the most engaging experiences from the past 300+ days as well as some of the most important moments that've happened "Only on Twitter" straight from the people that use the service to engage the world on a daily basis. Everything from President Barack Obama celebrating Four More Years to a Tweet from Mars!

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Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Yesterday, Google announced that it will begin using copyright takedown notices to influence where sites show up in search results. The general idea behind it is that if a site has a lot of takedown notices (made under DMCA), it risks being demoted in search rankings. Obviously, this new decision has won the hearts of copyright advocates like the MPAA and the RIAA, but it's making those who would keep the Internet free and open a little uneasy.

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Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Wikipedia has been around for a long time been and is one of the most popular places for people to learn about all sorts of subject matters. While the content is suspect at times, Wikipedia is generally a friend of students and anyone else searching out information on a particular topic. Last night Wikipedia was off-line for several hours, and the reason for the outage is now known.

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Electronic Arts joins coalition of US businesses against DOMA

Electronic Arts joins coalition of US businesses against DOMA

It's typically a rare thing when video games and politics collide, but in 2012 we're seeing it happen on an increasingly frequent basis. Earlier this year many video game companies came out against SOPA and PIPA, and now Electronic Arts has announced that it has joined the coalition of US businesses that stand against the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, as many of you probably already know, is a law that was enacted in 1996 which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. Now, Electronic Arts is asking that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals "find portions of the Act unconstitutional."

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European Parliament rejects ACTA in 478 to 39 vote

European Parliament rejects ACTA in 478 to 39 vote

ACTA, the controversial anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, has been rejected by the European Parliament by a staggering majority. The law was smacked down by a 478 to 39 vote, and has now been completely killed in Europe. Internet activists rallied against ACTA when it was seen to be a legislative act that was far too broad, with criminal sanctions also found in the trade agreement.

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Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined a high-profile campaign protesting against copyright law, branding US attempts to extradite a UK student accused of infringement "censorship." Wales began a Change.org petition calling for the UK Home Secretary to step in and prevent the extradition, which he describes as America "trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil."

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“Bat-Signal for the Internet” teased by “Internet Defense League”

“Bat-Signal for the Internet” teased by “Internet Defense League”

This week you'll find that no greater defense against those that would have their evil way with the web can be found than the "Bat-Signal for the Interet" as teased by Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. This fellow is one of several internet activists working together to protest web-containing bills such as SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA, three of the more famous bits of legislation to have popped up in Washington and abroad this past several months. To defend said internet, Ohanian and friends will be working in what they call the "Internet Defense League" with which they intend to be taken entirely seriously.

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