Wikipedia goes offline in protest to the SOPA and PIPA

New level of escalation in the dispute over two U.S. Internet Laws: The English edition of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday in protest for a day off. Other frequently visited sites are close to the action.

In the U.S., the debate rages about the controversial anti-piracy laws Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). On 18 January will therefore besides the several English-language Wikipedia, especially in the U.S. much-used Web sites to go offline for 24 hours. They want to protest the bill that will prevent the spread of piracy and protect intellectual property abroad. Supported are the laws of the U.S. film and music industry, which argues that the illegal sale of its products infringe copyrights and destroy jobs in the U.S.

Participation in the blackout had previously been the social news service and the Mem-Catalog “I Can Has Cheezeburger”announced. The Wikipedia community has voted on whether and how they will join the protests. A large majority of users was for the “Blackout”, as turning the page is called for a day. Also the founder of the community, Jimmy Wales spoke strongly in favor of the temporary closure of Wikipedia.

The controversial law will make the downloading of copyright-protected files to serious crime. In addition, the owner of the copyrights have the opportunity to block “criminal” websites relatively easily. This should no longer appear in Google search results, or by entering the address into the URL bar of your browser to reach. Also, payment services like Paypal should then no longer work together with the operators of such sites.

Opponents of legislative initiative fear that go with this one innovation blockade and the American economy could be harmed. In addition, the U.S. government could then censor the Internet – such as China do it now. Interventions into the architecture of the Web would also undermine security mechanisms on the Internet.


iPhone 4S jailbreak demonstrated on video

Prolific iOS hacker pod2g posted a video of a jailbroken iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 to his blog. The video showing a clean reboot without a USB connection to the computer — aka, “untethered” — was made by Chronic Dev Team member DHowett, an illustrious iOS developer in his own right. Pod2g says “only a few to wait now” which is a good sign that an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is very near indeed, and about to join the untethered jailbreak released for A4 devices on December 27th.

What Pod2g said on his blog:

“My friend @DHowett made a video of an untethered 4S iPhone 4,1 running iOS 5.0.1 some days ago.”

@DHowett is a famous iOS developer and a member of the Chronic Dev Team.

Micro-Blogging: Twitter Clients for Mac reloaded

Since twitter has gone mainstream, the supporting applications and services are sprouting up like wildfire on Internet. Prominent among these applications are twitter desktop clients available for almost every platform. These handy applications help you manage your twitter activities in a much easier way than managing via web interface. Here’s a list of select twitter clients for Mac platform.

1. Twitter for Mac
This is the official Twitter app for the Mac. Previously, it was Tweetie, but Twitter has improved it. It is in the Mac App Store for free.
Twitter for Mac is available here

2. Echofon
TweetDeck is an excellent Twitter client with good Mac interface. It offers you many features. It is free but with advertising. To disable the advertising, you have to buy a premium upgrade.
Echofon is available here

3. Kiwi
Kiwi is also a very good Twitter client. It resembles strongly with TweetDeck, but it has its own features: Tabs, themes, filters and other features include kiwi. Kiwi is free on the Web and in the Mac App Store. There is an ad planning software because it contains advertising. To disable the advertising, you need purchase the premium upgrade.
Kiwi is available here

3. Twitterrific
Twitterrific is a free Twitter client with a good interface. It offers you all your basic features of Twitter. In addition, you can sync your Twitterrific Timelime with the official iPhone and iPad App. Twitterrific is available here

4. TweetDeck
It is one of the most popular twitter clients with large user-base. Multi-column twitter timelines, powerful twitter search and custom groups makes it an ideal twitter client for power users. It has a rich URL shortening support. You can also update your Facebook account via Tweetdeck. TweetDeck is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. TweetDeck is available here

5. Nambu
Nambu is a good Twitter client of the user interface, especially with its appeal. It contains all basic features and is free and without advertising.

More coming soon!

Voting: Which twitter client do you use for your Mac?