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  1. Humble Comedy Bundle Lets You Pay What You Want for Some Amazing Comedy Special

    It benefits charity, and you get to watch comedy. Do this right now please.

    Comedy is wonderful. So is helping charity, and so is getting things an amazing price. The Humble Comedy Bundle is combining all of those things into one thing! A bundle, if you will. You can pay what you want for some great comedy, and if you pay above the average you get even more great comedy.

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  2. The SHIELD Act Isn’t Related to Comics, Though It’s Still Pretty Important

    When we heard there was a SHIELD Act working its way through Congress right now, we only had one thing in mind, but it turns out that the SHIELD in question doesn't stand for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. It stands for Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes, and it's looking to keep America safe from patent trolls by making them cover the legal fees for their frivolous lawsuits if they lose. It could be the only thing standing between podcasts and certain doom, so I guess it's still a little bit like Nick Fury.

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  3. Internet Defense League To Warn Of Dangerous Legislation With Online Bat-Signal

    Sometimes it feels like every other day, there's a piece of legislation passing through congress that threatens the Internet as we know it. SOPA was the first big one to really whip webizens into a frenzy, and since then there's been ACTA (which managed to to get signed in the U.S.) and now CISPA, which has passed a vote in the House and is moving on to the Senate. Include all the other little pieces of legislation out there that are equally egregious, and it seems like there's always something to be worrying about or protesting. That's why Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have established the Internet Defense League (IDL) and are working on a "Internet Bat-Signal" to get the word out about dangerous legislation that's yet to come.

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  4. DNS Blocking Provisions of SOPA Dropped, Signs of Reluctance Grow in Washington

    Yesterday, author of the controversial Stop Online Piracy or SOPA legislation Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) released a statement announcing his intention to remove the DNS blocking portion of the bill.
    “After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."

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  5. The Humble Indie Bundle 2 is Available!

    The Humble Indie Bundle is back, and just in time for the holiday season! For those who missed out on the bundle's first iteration, the Humble Indie Bundle is a neat package of generally-awesome indie games, and features a custom price tag, in that customers can literally pay what they want for the bundle, and the bundle is free of hampering DRM. Customers can also choose how much of the money they paid for the bundle goes to the games' developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or Child's Play charities, and they can also tip the creators and administrators of the Humble Indie Bundle.

    This time around, the second-ever Humble Indie Bundle comes with the beautiful Machinarium (including the original soundtrack, which is nothing short of ear-candy), Braid, Cortex Command, Osmos and Revenge of the Titans. The admission price of whatever you want is absolutely worth any of those games alone, and each game runs on Mac, Windows and Linux, so there's really no reason not to go donate a few bucks to charity and pick up five worthwhile indie games.

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  6. Facebook Accuses Users of Breaking Law by Accessing Their Own Information

    Sometimes it seems like every day that goes by ends with at least one story showing Facebook continuing its descent from "awesome website for college kids" to "incredibly frightening Orwellian nightmare." Today's involves a court case in which Facebook is suing a website that allows users to log into all of their social media profiles at one time. Facebook doesn't like the idea of people accessing their profiles through a means not run by them so they're claiming that Power Ventures is making a criminal violation by violating Facebook terms of service. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation just sent out a press release arguing that, if Facebook's lawsuit goes through, they would be able to prosecute any Facebook user who used Power Ventures and make them a criminal for looking at their own profile!

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