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Up with Freedom! Down with the internet blacklist!

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:38 AM PDT

The act, put forth by a bipartisan smattering of name-brand Senators (Feinstein, Hatch, Graham, and more), passed out of committee this morning and looked to be heading toward a vote. Would it have passed? I dunno. Maybe. . . . the Internet site—conducts business directed to residents of the United States; and harms holders of United States intellectual property rights. That's the key text of the PROTECT IP Act, and what it means is that if a website is judged to be doing bad stuff in terms of copyright infringement — read: file-sharing — it can be kicked off the internet. Pow. Of course this is bad, representing in no uncertain terms the pull of a restricted, policed internet. The act, put forth by a bipartisan smattering of name-brand Senators (Feinstein, Hatch, Graham, and more), passed out of committee this morning and looked to be heading toward a vote. Would it have passed? I dunno. Maybe. The Senate's full of old, wealthy business people. Not exactly intellectual property deep-thinkers. No matter. This afternoon, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden — who rules in many other respects too — put a hold) on the bill. His office released this statement: In December of last year I placed a hold on similar legislation, commonly called COICA, because I felt the costs of the legislation far outweighed the benefits. After careful analysis of the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, I am compelled to draw the same conclusion. I understand and agree with the goal of the legislation, to protect intellectual property and combat commerce in counterfeit goods, but I am not willing to muzzle speech an

How Movie Theaters Are Shortchanging You

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:15 AM PDT

And you thought you were getting gouged on the price of a jumbo popcorn and 3D glasses. The ongoing conversion of movie theaters from celluloid to digital projection and from 2D to 3D was supposed to give you bigger bang for your ticket-buying buck. Instead, in many theaters, it's actually giving you less.

Infographic: Visit to a (Potentially) Dangerous Asteroid

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:53 AM PDT

This infographic shows how NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will reach out and grab a sample from asteroid RQ26 in 2020.

Anti-Piracy Bill a Threat to Innovation and Free Speech, U.S. Senator Says.

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:39 AM PDT

The bill now moves forward to the Senate, but getting a vote on it will not be easy. Just a few hours after it was passed by the committee Senator Wyden already put it on hold.

Sony Ericsson upgrades Xperia Arc, Play with Android 2.3.3

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:25 AM PDT

Sony Ericsson has begun rolling out the first software update for the Xperia Arc and Play smartphones. While it's limited to certain markets and builds, a more widespread release is due next week. It includes Android 2.3.3 and deeper Facebook integration from the new Xperia minis along with more detailed fixes and upgrades.

A Few Elite Beach Volley Pictures to Ease You Into Memorial Weekend (PIC)

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:18 PM PDT

It's been a long week, we're really in need of something hot. Why not go for a layup. Chicks playing volleyball are well known for having hot bodies. This is just what the doctor ordered, it's Memorial Day Weekend, it gets you thinking about the beach and warm weather. Enjoy the long weekend friends…

Video: Gramps Has More Game In His Arthritic Pinky

Posted: 26 May 2011 12:45 AM PDT

Late Night Political Humor

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:16 PM PDT

Best of late night jokes from Letterman, Fallon, Leno and others.

Creative Images [Pics]

Posted: 26 May 2011 01:25 PM PDT

Creative images by Airi Pung

Amazing Acoustic Version of Kanye West's "Runaway"

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:33 AM PDT

Check out this fantastic acoustic version of Kanye West's already fantastic song "Runaway". It'll probably be the best video you see on the Interwebs today.

Top 5 Worst Controllers of All Time

Posted: 27 May 2011 05:25 AM PDT

You'll feel anything but "in control" with these game-ruining controllers.

What Happened? (PIC)

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:06 AM PDT


Posted: 26 May 2011 10:09 PM PDT

Dear Mr. Dickinson, It appears we have a case of "Big Brother" gone mad...

Dragon Questing Through the Years: Return to Nintendo

Posted: 26 May 2011 09:46 PM PDT

As we finally catch up with the latest Dragon Quest, we also manage to find the time to take one more look at the past and speculate wildly about the future.

Vermont moving toward single-payer health care

Posted: 26 May 2011 08:02 AM PDT

Vermont became the first state to lay the groundwork for single-payer health care on Thursday when its governor signed an ambitious bill aimed at establishing universal

Facebook, Netflix in Talks for Partnership

Posted: 27 May 2011 12:22 AM PDT

The social networking giant is looking to develop features that will allow users to share their favorite TV shows, news, music and other media.

'Ballmer Must Go' Flap Lifts Microsoft Stock

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:39 AM PDT

Microsoft's board of directors is standing behind CEO Steve Ballmer after hedge fund manager David Einhorn said Ballmer must go. Calling it "The Einhorn Effect," Wall Street sees Microsoft stock rise 3 percent.

Obama: Six days, four nations [The Big Picture]

Posted: 27 May 2011 03:51 AM PDT

U.S. President Barack Obama began a six-day, four-nation tour (Ireland, England, France and Poland) May 22, 2011. His 24-hour visit to Ireland included dropping by rural Moneygall, where his great-great-great-grandfather Fulmouth Kearney lived before immigrating to the United States in 1850. The second stop on Mr. Obama's itinerary? London, for a visit with the Queen, where he was honored with a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace and gave an address to both houses of Parliament. Mr. Obama's next stop: a meeting of the Group of 8 world powers in Deauville, France. The leaders discussed how the West could help Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab states in political transition. On the last stop: Mr. Obama visited Poland, a visit that is a makeup from a forced cancellation (to attend the funeral of Poland's president) last year when the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano restricted air space and travel. Ironically, a new volcanic eruption forced alterations of his itinerary again this year. --Paula Nelson

Taiwanese Kid Kicks Your Ass, The World’s Ass At Diabol (Video)

Posted: 27 May 2011 12:26 AM PDT

Performing moves we're certain no-one's come up with names for yet, Jang-Jien, Bing-Luen from Jao-Ming Primary School in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, whips his Chinese yo-yo around and around and around, spinning his sticks, jumping over the rope and generally being an absolute boss.

Understanding Autism: Causes, Genes, Brain Function, Symmetry

Posted: 26 May 2011 11:33 AM PDT

The ease with which one can access information about health on the Internet can seem both a blessing and a curse. Rather than having to wait till some autism organization's newsletter came in the mail with updates about "the latest" in autism research, I check Google news and other sites frequently.

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