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Websites Shut Down To Protest Anti-Piracy Bills

Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing are among the popular websites that will be dark Wednesday to protest a pair of bills making their way through Congress. Hollywood studios say tougher rules are needed to protect their intellectual property from online piracy. But Silicon Valley companies say the bills would encourage censorship and harm innovation.
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China Advertises Red Pad Which Looks Like An iPad

The Wall Street Journal picked up on the device, which was advertised briefly in China's state media. It offered web content for the party faithful. The device however was apparently priced at more than $1,500. China's online community launched scathing attacks about the Red Pad, saying only corrupt bureaucrats using public funds could afford such a thing.
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Co-Founder Jerry Yang To Leave Yahoo!

Jerry Yang has resigned from Yahoo's board and severed all ties with the company that he co-founded 17 years ago. Yang is leaving at a time when the Internet behemoth has struggled to remain relevant.
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Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung In Germany

It's the latest salvo in the two companies' global patent war, according to Bloomberg News. This time Apple is trying to ban sales of 10 Samsung smartphone models, claiming the Korean company copied Apple's design. It's also suing Samsung claiming it copied the iPad.
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Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns

Some of the survivors of last week's shipwreck off the Italian coast described the rescue effort as chaotic and disorganized. A maritime workers union called the disaster a "wake-up call" highlighting long-standing safety concerns — like ships getting too large to evacuate quickly — and lax regulation.

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