Today in Tech: Should SOPA be stopped?

January 13, 2012, 4:39 PM UTC

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“Simple answer – we screwed up in every way possible, learned lots of valuable expensive lessons.” – Rupert Murdoch on MySpace (The Hollywood Reporter)

* Republican Representative Lamar Smith is pushing ahead with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), aimed at combating online piracy overseas, despite criticism from tech companies like Google and Facebook, Internet communities, and figures like Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, and Tesla founder Elon Musk. If the bill goes through, the U.S. government and copyright holders can seek court orders to have web sites blocked by Internet service providers and pulled from search results, among other things. (Reuters and VentureBeat)

* Wired’s Steven Levy weighs in on Google’s “Search, plus Your World” effort, which became controversial due to the company’s heavy Google+ emphasis in search results. (Wired)

* Facebook introduced a listening feature where users can look for a music note in the chat sidebar to discover and listen along to whatever their friends are listening to. (Facebook)

* Amazon’s recently-introduced e-book lending program, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, is taking off. According to the company, customers borrowed 295,000 titles last month, and the book selection itself has grown from an initial crop of 5,000 to over 75,000. (Amazon)

* Meanwhile, Adam Penenberg over at Fast Company raises the question: Does Amazon (AMZN) have a plagiarism problem? A number of fake authors are apparently peddling works on the e-commerce site with content nearly identical to that in other books. (Fast Company)

* Foxconn, a major supplier to tech companies like Apple (AAPL), HP (HPQ) and Microsoft (MSFT), resolved a pay dispute with workers at one of its factories in China. The move came after some of its workers threatened to commit suicide over the company’s pay practices. (The New York Times)

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