Web sites paint it black to protest SOPA
week in review Prominent Web sites go dark to protest proposed antipiracy legislation, while hackers take down government and entertainment sites to protest piracy arrests. Also: Yang out at Yahoo.
week in review Some of the Internet's most popular destinations launched an experiment in political activism this week by urging their users to protest a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills in Congress.
Wikipedia's English-languageat 9 p.m. PT Wednesday, with a splash page saying "the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet." The online encyclopedia's blackout, intended to precede a Senate floor vote on the legislation set for next week, was scheduled to last 24 hours.
Earlier today, Senate leaders announced they wouldscheduled for Tuesday. Hours later, the House Judiciary Committee said it would as well.
Unlike Wikipedia, Craigslist and Google took a more modest approach. The sites remained online during the virtual protest, but the home pages featured exhortations to contact members of Congress and urge them to vote against SOPA and PIPA.
Theas some of the previous supporters of the bills in Congress are backing down. "I'm withdrawing my co-sponsorship for the Protect IP Act," said Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican.
Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, "will be withdrawing his name as a co-sponsor" of Protect IP, a spokesman told CNET on Wednesday. Fellow Protect IP co-sponsor Sen. James Risch, an Idaho Republican, said that he wants "more time to re-examine the legislation before going to a vote" and has asked staff for a detailed briefing.
The move comes two weeks after Yahoo hired Scott Thompson as chief executive. Yang praised that hire and said only that it was time to move on.
Seven people accused of operating the site and committing acts of online piracy were named in an indictment. Four people--including Kim DotCom, aka Kim Schmitz--have been arrested in New Zealand.
The company says the new "experience" for kids will be much better than what they find with traditional textbooks.
Backtracking on earlier statements blaming a third party, the security software maker acknowledges that hackers infiltrated its own networks.
The wait for Windows 8 may be long, negatively impacting Intel's performance in 2012, an analyst at investment bank Piper Jaffray says.
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