Joe Brockmeier explains what he wishes everyone was saying about SOPA. This and more in today's Daily Wrap.
Sometimes it's difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.
Though the attention lavished on SOPA, and her sister bill in the Senate, PIPA, was incredible, Joe Brockmeier wishes internet companies had deepened their message. We may have quashed SOPA this session, but it will be back in some new form, thanks to the cozy relationship the entertainment industry has with our legislators and because most people in America do not have any idea what Congress is doing on their behalf. The SOPA blackout was a welcome and powerful statement, but Joe wishes they'd have sent a message that we need to oversee our law makers, lest we have to do this again very soon.
From the comments:
Danielle Morrill -- "Yes yes yes, this is exactly it! I agree and we need to all become more vigilant. I also implore you, as a member of the news media who is paying attention - please help us stay informed. Government is big and complex and we laymen have work to accomplish day-to-day. Help us find information, point us to new sources, new ideas. Challenge us. Its not that we can't think, but simply that we are busy producing and I personally feel their are few news sorces that give me the facts, respect my intelligence, and dig in deep."
More Must Read Stories:
The Internet is fighting back.
Today, hundreds of websites including some of the largest and most influential sites in the world are going black to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. The two acts would give unprecedented power to the government of the United States to order blocking and takedown notices of foreign websites found to be infringing on copyrighted material such as movies and music. The drumbeat is loud and most of the U.S. technology industry has come out against SOPA/PIPA. (more)
Something big is happening on the Internet today, as you may have noticed. Yes, the English version of Wikipedia is blacked out, as are Craigslist, Reddit, Boing Boing and O'Reilly Radar. Google, Mozilla, Wired.com and Wordpress all have put up some kind of anti-SOPA graphic or statement. Many of those that aren't blacking out text or turning their sites off are nonetheless posting updates expressing sympathy for the movement. All of this is significant, but what is perhaps most interesting is the collective effect these protests are having: Today, SOPA becomes a mainstream issue. (more)
Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist, Mozilla, and many other vital websites have gone dark today to protest SOPA and PIPA, the twin online piracy bills Congress is working on. The blackout is certainly attracting attention, but it's also causing frustration, especially for unaware Wikipedia users. (more)
Amazon's Dynamo paper (PDF) is the paper that launched a thousand NoSQL databases, if you'll pardon a twisted metaphor and wee bit of exaggeration. The paper inspired, at least in part, Apache Cassandra, Voldemort, Riak and other projects. Now Amazon is making its own take on Dynamo, melded with SimpleDB, available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers. (more)
Today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg voiced his personal opposition to the proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation, joining the ranks of fellow Internet powerhouses Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and Reddit.
"The Internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world," writes Zuck. "We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the Internet's development." (more)
Today hundreds of websites are participating in a virtual anti-SOPA/PIPA sit-in: Google, Reddit, Craigslist, Wikipedia, WordPress, Mozilla, MoveOn.org, O'Reilly and The Oatmeal, to name a few. Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (iSchool) is the only higher education institute to join the list of Internet powerhouse sites. (more)
Apple's strategy to take over the lead in the smartphone market from Android is working. In new numbers from research firm Nielsen, 37% of recent (within the last three months) smartphone buyers chose the iPhone, well above the 25.1% that did so in October 2011. Android still holds the market lead but the margin is beginning to shrink. (more)
The king of digital devices is ready to impose its will on the rest of the ecosystem in 2012. It is lining up billions of dollars in investments and is rumored to be in on every significant acquisition or partnership. Its empire sprawls across televisions, smartphones, laptops and computer processors. What is Apple doing now, you might ask. That would be the wrong question. The biggest influencer of the entire digital ecosystem does not hail from Cupertino. Look across the Pacific to South Korea. There, you will find Samsung. (more)
One of the unexpected perks of starting work at ReadWriteWeb in December? No more Yammer.
This, of course, is more of a company culture problem than anything Yammer can control. Yammer continues to grow, and the enterprise social network space is where companies who are conceding truly social networking dominance to Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, will seek to grow. (more)