SOPA Fight in “Last Rounds”

As many of you on the Internet have heard, Congress introduced a bill (2 of them actually) that would give the U.S. government the authority to shutdown any website accused of hosting Pirated content. Fears quickly spread across the internet that it passing this bill would in effect “censor” the internet, and put the United States at the same level of internet censorship as nations such as China and Iran. I personally don’t support the bill, mainly because I want the Internet to be open and free. That is why the Internet has grown into what it is today. It’s single most powerful tool that citizens have in the fight against tyranny.

At CES 2012, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), have been pushing for alternative legislation. Both believe that these two bills will radically change the Internet that we have come to know. Sen. Wyden said,”This bill is going to turn websites into web cops. Instead of having three guys in a garage launching a web based business, you are going to be three people with an upstairs full of lawyers telling you whether or not you can operate a website.”

If you want the internet to stay free and open, please don’t hesitate to contact your State Representatives and tell them why they should not support SOPA. – https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Google Unveils Google+ Search Integration

Earlier today, Google unveiled a new search feature that integrates results from your circles on Google+, into your normal Google search. The feature is called “Search, Plus Your World”. Google is touting that this feature will give you more personalized search results, directly from the people you know. Here are some screenshots I captured showing the new feature in use.

As you can see, relevant posts show up according to your search query from those whom are in your Google+ Circles. It even lists users on Google+ who are related to what you searched for. And, if you don’t want posts from Google+ appearing in your search results, there is a button at the top right of the page that looks like the silhouette a person. All you have to do is click on that, and it will toggle off all Google+ results.

If you want to learn more about “Google Search, Plus Your World”, you can visit Google’s official page right here – www.google.com/insidesearch/plus.html