Frontpage: Jan 18th
- Websites Go Dark to Protest Piracy Bills: Wikipedia and several other websites have gone dark in protest of two Internet piracy bills—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act. The tech industry argues that the laws will effectively censor the Internet by making companies liable for displaying links to sites that host illegal copies of a film.
- Shipwreck Search Put on Hold Again: Search and rescue has been suspended again at the Costa Condordia site. 24 are still missing.
- Rivals Attack Romney on Tax Rate: Mitt Romney may wait till April to release his tax returns, but his comment that his tax rate is “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything” is enough for critics to start with.
- Obama Campaigners Want Super PAC: Some aides worry that Obama’s super PC, Priorities USA Action, hasn’t raised enough money. Obamas’ raised $5 mil to Romney’s $12 in the first half of last year. Dick Harpootlian, a member of the Obama campaign’s national finance committee, notes, “He’s flat-out opposed to it.” But, pointing to Romney’s organization, he says that opposition is “dangerous.” “We can’t unilaterally disarm.”
- Report: FBI to Arrest 2 for Insider Trading: Sources told Reuters Wednesday that the FBI will make several more arrests as part of a crackdown on insider trading.
Photo: The web sites on Wednesday of, clockwise from top left, Google, Mozilla, Wired and Wikipedia. (via NYTimes)