The Motion Picture Association of America cries foul, Grooveshark says goodbye to German customers, and U.S. Senator contact links experience technical difficulties.
- MPAA Calls Anti-SOPA Blackouts a "Gimmick" to Punish Politicians & Turn Us All Into "Corporate Pawns": MPAA criticizes blackouts by corporations such as Wikipedia and Craigslist and proposes that these organizations should instead make an effort to find a solution to combat piracy. [The Consumerist]
- Grooveshark Blocks German Users Over Licensing Costs: Music streaming service Grooveshark is no longer available to German users, citing high operating costs. [TorrentFreak]
- US Senate Websites Hit With Technical Difficulties Following SOPA Blackout: If you attempted to contact your Senator today to tell them how you feel about SOPA or PIPA, you probably encountered some difficulty. Many of their contact pages were to accessible. Foul play is not suspected. [The Verge]
- Verizon to Add LTE to Five More Cities: On Thursday, Verizon will add cities in Texas, New York, and Oklahoma to its 4G LGE network, and the Spectrum smartphone will be available on the network. There will also be expanded 4G service in the Atlanta, Houston, and Spokane areas . [ComputerWorld]
- Apple Axes Last Remaining Mac Purchase Rebate: Apple discontinues its $100 rebate when purchasing a computer and printer, leaving new computer buyers with no rebate incentives. [Apple Insider]
- Upgrade to iOS 5.0.1 Right Now If You Want to Jailbreak Your iPhone 4S or iPad 2: If you own an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4s, you need to get in on the jailbreak party now so you will be able to jailbreak later on down the road. [Cult of Mac]
- Google+ Gets Video Status Updates: Google+ has added a new feature that allows its users to post status updates via video as an attachment. If you have a webcam, just click on the "Record Video" option and have at it. [ReadWriteWeb]