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  • How five websites are protesting SOPA

    Five major websites will go dark on Wednesday protesting two Congressional bills, which critics argue could curtail Internet and free speech.    If passed, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links to unauthorized copyrighted content.  Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with transgressors.Proponents of the legislation include companies that are trying to protect their copyrights, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, The NBA, Pfizer, Nike, L'Oreal, as well as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the US Conference of Mayors.However,  voices of opposition include Internet giants Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Mozilla, and Wikipedia – who say that the proposed laws constitute a First Amendment violation, promote censorship, and harm the democratic flow of information.  Check out how five major websites plan to protest SOPA and PIPA:

  • Wikipedia blackout: Site to protest SOPA

    Wikipedia blackout is scheduled to occur Wednesday and last for 24 hours. A Wikipedia blackout would add heft to protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

  • New Yahoo CEO arrives: why his company isn't dead yet

    As former eBay executive, Scott Thompson takes the helm at Yahoo the company confronts some big strategic hurdles, but it hasn't been wiped off the Internet map just yet.

  • Stocks quiet, but gain for second straight day

    The Dow inched up 21.04 points to close at 12418 on a quiet day for the markets

  • Will Apple block the new Steve Jobs action figure?

    A Chinese company is promoting a Steve Jobs action figure but past directives by Apple to shut down similar products suggests it is unlikely the Steve Jobs action figure will make it to US stores.

  • Research in Motion stock hits 8-year low. BlackBerry users leaving.

    Research in Motion stock hits 8-year low. BlackBerry users leaving.

    Research in Motion stock falls after company delays arrival of new phones next year. But the real problem for Research in Motion stock: Loyal BlackBerry users are jumping to other smartphones.

  • Is Slate's Amazon-defending blogger really a 'moron'?

    Chapter & Verse Is Slate's Amazon-defending blogger really a 'moron'?

  • 5 best websites for turning junk into cash

    5 best websites for turning junk into cash

    Houses have an almost magical ability to accumulate junk, and everyone seems to have stuff they don’t really want and won’t ever use. Instead of letting that box of unused electronics or your great aunt’s porcelain cat collection turn you into an unwilling hoarder, why not sell it off and make some extra cash? You can try doing it yourself (check out 13 Tips for a Super Yard Sale) or take your stuff to a local consignment shop (although you’re going to pay a large commission fee – at least 40 percent of the sale price, according to MSN). Like everything else these days, online is where’s happening. But if you want to earn top dollar, make sure you target the right market:

  • Holiday shopping online: How to avoid the '12 cyber scams of Christmas'

    Holiday shopping online: How to avoid the '12 cyber scams of Christmas'

    With more Americans turning to the Internet for more of their holiday shopping needs, good cybersecurity is vital to avoid a raft of scams – from promises of "free iPads" to "holiday screensavers" that install malware on your computer. To shop safely, it's wise to avoid what might be called the "12 cyber scams of Christmas." They include:

  • The economics of gratitude

    The New Economy The economics of gratitude

    Market transactions only measure a portion of the true economy. Here are ways to extend our resources without additional spending.