Hey Feds: Anonymous Can Shut Down Websites Too

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This Week’s Top Story:

  Just a day after the internet-wide strike on anti-piracy legislation SOPA and PIPA, the federal government orchestrated a shutdown of MegaUpload, a file sharing site notorious for the sharing of copyrighted content. In an act of retaliation, hacker group Anonymous attacked several entertainment industry websites including the RIAA, MPAA and Universal Studios. They also targeted the Department of Justice and FBI websites, the two organizations responsible for the MegaUpload shutdown.

Newsworthy Tidbits:

  Wednesday’s SOPA and PIPA strike was unavoidable to most internet users as 75,000 different websites blacked out in protest of the legislation. In addition, Google’s petition ”End Piracy, Not Liberty” gathered 4.5 million participants.

  The result: Congress postponed the vote indefinitely.

  Kodak filed for bankruptcy this week.

  Facebook announced more than 60 new Open Graph applications that will integrate with Timeline including Pinterest, UrbanSpoon and TicketMaster.

  Apple’s big announcement on Thursday confirmed rumors regarding digital textbooks and the company’s new focus on education. The move towards education includes the introduction of iBooks 2, iBooks Author and a revamped iTunes U. While the iBooks improvements concentrate on digital textbooks, iTunes U will allow for full online classes and lectures.

  Former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacey started her own technology and startup news website, PandoDaily, which launched this week with $2.5 million in funding.

  For the first time, Apple released a full list of their suppliers and, in doing so, exposed a list of labor violations. They have worked to surpress the number of violations by conducting frequent audits of their manufacturers.

Be On the Lookout:

  Foursquare will be adding 250,000 restaurant menus to various restaurant locations. The menus are currently available at foursquare.com and will integrate into the mobile apps.

  Rumors have been floating around that there will be new 7-inch and 10-inch Blackberry Playbook tablets.

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