SOPA revised but still reviled
week in review Debate heats up over anti-piracy act, while feds scrutinize Carrier IQ. Also: Texting poses danger to drivers and devices.
A new version of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced this week but failed to satisfy critics and a vote ultimately got
Many of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs and executivesto Washington, D.C. It's signed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, among others. It's appearing as a paid advertisement in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers.
The legislation will "give the U.S. government the power to censor the Web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran," the letter says.
SOPA represents the latest effort from Hollywood, the Recording Industry Association of America, and their allies to counter what they claim to be rampant piracy online.
The letter came as a
The social-gaming company's shares were down 50 cents to $9.50 today, making Zynga's the first major Web IPO this year to close lower on its initial trading day.
Zynga IPO gets off to inauspicious start
Chip giant is combining its mobile device units into one group in a bid to become more competitive in small devices.
Amazon drops the contract price for the Ice Cream Sandwich phone by 50 percent on day one.
Dish CEO Joseph Clayton tells Bloomberg that he is interested in a partnership with T-Mobile USA if the AT&T deal falls through.
Report says the FTC is investigating Carrier IQ, but company executive says he doesn't know of a formal probe.
Former Windows Phone boss Andy Lees moves to a new, vaguely defined post that could presage an effort to bring the Windows and Windows Phone code bases closer together.
Social network is planning to launch its first mobile ad foray in March 2012, sources tell Bloomberg, just ahead of the company's expected IPO.
Texting-while-driving is up 50 percent in one year, the feds report with some alarm--even though overall 2010 traffic deaths fell to a 60-year low.
Lookout says five more dubious apps--designed to do nothing more than charge premium SMS toll rates on European phones--have been pulled from the Android Market.
The Kindle Fire has received its lumps in the media because of a minimalist feature set, but Amazon likes what it sees in the numbers.
The social network is letting people tinker with the information shared in the Timeline before it gets pushed live. After seven days, however, it's automatically made public.
A report stating that LightSquared's wireless network interferes with most GPS devices has been officially released.
When devoting their resources to new applications, developers remain much more keen on iOS than Android, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry.
The Large Hadron Collider detected events that could pin down the mass of the elusive subatomic particle, but there's still plenty of uncertainty.
Also of note
This story was updated at 2:58 p.m. with big Zynga and SOPA stories that broke after we published.