Thanks to action by a broad and bipartisan coalition of Internet users, companies, and organizations, the U.S. House of Representatives has now put the brakes on SOPA, a well-intentioned but deeply flawed bill that would use Internet censorship to combat overseas copyright infringement. Even President Obama’s White House has joined the opposition.
But nevertheless, the Senate is continuing to move forward — and fast — with its equally dangerous version of the bill, called PIPA, the Protect-IP Act. As written, PIPA would import censorship and surveillance techniques pioneered by countries like China and Iran, reversing longstanding U.S. policy on Internet freedom, betraying U.S. First Amendment values, damaging our standing around the world, threatening our job-creating innovators, and undermining Internet security for everyone.
Today is a day for action across the Internet. Learn about these destructive bills. Tell your Senator what you think. Congress needs to hear from you.
‘Happy Halloween’ Google Doodle Features 1,000+ Pound Pumpkins.
Google wished search engine users “Happy Halloween” today with a new video doodle that shows a team of crafty Googlers carving six enormous pumpkins to spell out the search engine’s name. Read more.
Since the first doodle in 1998, there have been over 1,000 different designs for Google homepages around the world. The company even has a whole design team specifically for choosing and creating the doodles. The selection process involves input from the general public, and people can even submit their own designs. Images of all of the doodles can be seen here.
When we hear a song that truly touches us, we feel an uncontrollable desire to move: to dance, to wave our hands, to express ourselves. This site offers an interactive experience that allows us to express ourselves…only with a paintbrush. The user can move the paintbrush freely across the screen just like when dancing or swaying his or her arms, but the brush will paint in sync with what is happening in the song and change size and strength according to the intensity of the music. Furthermore, the paintbrush, represented by a circle like that used in Photoshop, pulses in time with the song, splashing paint with each beat. It is like a living paintbrush that is connected to the music, letting you be drawn further and further into the song.