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  1. #1 Will Google, Amazon, and Facebook Black Out the Net? 
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    In the growing battle for the future of the Web, some of the biggest sites online -- Google, Facebook, and other tech stalwarts -- are considering a coordinated blackout of their sites, some of the web’s most popular destinations.

    No Google searches. No Facebook updates. No Tweets. No Amazon.com shopping. Nothing.
    The action would be a dramatic response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill backed by the motion picture and recording industries that the creators of some of the web's biggest sites argue could dramatically restrict law-abiding U.S. companies -- and reshape the web as we know it.

    Such a move is drastic. And though the details of exactly how it would work are unclear, it's already under consideration, according to Markham Erickson, the executive director of NetCoalition, a trade association that includes the likes of Google, PayPal, Yahoo, and Twitter.

    “Mozilla had a blackout day and Wikipedia has talked about something similar,” Erickson told FoxNews.com, calling this kind of operation unprecedented.

    "A number of companies have had discussions about that," he said.

    With the Senate debating the SOPA legislation at the end of January, it looks as if the tech industry’s top dogs are finally adding bite to their bark, something CNET called "the nuclear option."

    "When the home pages of Google.com, Amazon.com, Facebook.com, and their Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress the next day on SOPA,” Declan McCullagh wrote, “you’ll know they’re finally serious.”


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    It won't affect me one bit. Unless CU participates.

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    I shop more, and buy more, at Amazon.com than at Walmart...........

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    Isn't the internet entirely funneled through the computers at Indiana State University?
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    SOPA is one of the most destructive bills ever devised for the internet. Just the fact that the MPAA is behind it makes it suspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    SOPA is one of the most destructive bills ever devised for the internet. Just the fact that the MPAA is behind it makes it suspect.
    I imagine those lowly folks at the RIAA are behind it too. They've been the biggest luddites where new technology is concerned in the last 30 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    SOPA is one of the most destructive bills ever devised for the internet. Just the fact that the MPAA is behind it makes it suspect.
    This.

    If it ever passes,then let us vote out the people who were for the bill the next election.
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    So much for the blackout.

    They're still serving content, just immediately overwriting it with another page. Hitting the stop button on the browser bypasses it, takes a bit of timing but easy enough.


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