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In The News 01-27-2012

In The News 01-27-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology


SOPA And PIPA Are Dead… For Now

It looks like last week’s [1] “blackout protest” against SOPA and PIPA was noticed by Congress.  Last Friday, both the Senate and the House backed away from the two anti-piracy bills.  The future of the bills is now in doubt after the large amount of controversy they received.  According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the vote on PIPA (Protect IP Act) was postponed “in light of recent events.”  The House is also putting a hold on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).

The shelving of these two bills comes after an Internet-wide protest against the legislation on Wednesday of last week.  The protests also seemed to influence lawmakers enough to cause some to flip their position on the bills.  It looks like the opponents of SOPA and PIPA, at least for now, have won the battle.

iPhone Sales Greater Than Birthrates

What Do Apple And Babies Have In Common?

You think the number of babies being born each day is a lot?  Then you should take a look at Apple’s sales figures.  According to first quarter sales figures, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones.  That equals a total of 377,000 iPhones per day for the 98 day quarter!  For those keeping track, the current birthrate is approximately 371,000 newborns per day throughout the entire world.

The sales numbers received a big boost due to the holiday season, but that in no way negates the significance of Apple’s latest sales.  In fact, demand continues to increase, making sales numbers greater than birthrates something we’ll see a lot more of in the future.


Megaupload, Meet Mega Shutdown

Megaupload, one of the Internet’s biggest file sharing websites, was shut down Thursday of last week by the US federal government.  The accusation is that Megaupload is a haven for online piracy.  In light of recent events, especially SOPA and PIPA, this crackdown on digital piracy comes as big news.

Megaupload, a top 100 visited website until it’s demise, was shutdown due to not only making it possible for copyrighted material to be shared, but also for making large amounts of money off of it.  According to the US government, the website made most of its $175 million in revenue over the last 5 years due to copyright infringement.

Some of the assets seized after the shutdown included 15 Mercedes-Benzes, a Rolls-Royce, a Lamborghini, as well as many other vehicles.  The total value of assets seized came to around $50 million.