Thursday, January 5, 2012

Internet Giants Threaten Mass Blackout over SOPA

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Internet Giants Threaten Mass Blackout over SOPA
The Stop Internet Piracy Act – SOPA is to the Internet what a giant meteor would be to Earth. Hopefully, this particular meteor is still pretty rough around the edges and will miss its mark, but it is going to need your help to do it. Its presence alone is enough to make an entire hoard of netizens take up virtual torches and pitchforks. This isn’t just your regular angry Internet mob, as they’ve got the weight of some pretty huge corporate giants behind them. Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, led the protest, threatening to shut down the Internet’s virtual Fount of Knowledge in protest to  SOPA. Wiki isn’t alone in the protest either. Google, Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga, LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Etsy, IAC, Mozilla, OpenDNS. Yahoo! and – yes – Facebook have also decided to join in on the protest. It’s going to be a huge sneak peek into what would happen in an Internet Armageddon.

Will Google, Facebook, others 'nuke' Internet over SOPA?

See this list of Companies here.
If Wikipedia Jimmy Wales' threat to turn off the crowd-sourced encyclopedia to protest the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) sent you into a cold sweat, you won't welcome this news.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga — and oh sweet baby Jesus no! — Etsy, along with other Internet-based companies take a "nuclear option" and "go simultaneously dark" in protest of the bill, and to "highlight the fundamental danger the legislation poses to the function of the Internet," ExtremeTech reports:
There’s been no formal decision on the matter, and the companies in question obviously risk consumer anger and backlash over any suspension of services. There is, however, safety in numbers — and a few simple sentences identifying why the blackout is in place will ensure that the majority of the rage flows in the proper direction.
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