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The law used to prosecute Internet freedom activist and hacker Aaron Swartz could be amended in the near future - in the late Reddit co-founder's honor.

At least if Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) wants.

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Lofgren posted on Reddit Tuesday evening a proposal to amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, under which Aaron was being charged.

"We should prevent what happened to Aaron from happening to other Internet users," Lofgren wrote Wednesday on a post, appropriately, on Reddit.

Swartz committed suicide Friday at the age of 26.

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In one of the nerdiest and most entertaining videos we've seen in awhile, CDZA and its co-founder offers a new take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song.

Having run the lyrics through Google Translate and back.

Watch below as the site (which "creates musical experiences") puts the Will Smith / DJ Jazzy Jeff smash to the search engine auto-translation test ...

The lyrics were translated from English to the world's most spoken language (Mandarin), to the second most (Spanish), to the third most, to the fourth most, etc.

Then rapper Jeremie Harris does his hilarious thing, dropping awkwardly-phrased lyrical BOMBS that make you scratch your head and smile as you rock to the beat.

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Facebook's big announcement today involved the unveiling of a customized Facebook search engine called Graph Search. So what is this thing's deal?

"Graph Search is not a web search," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“It’s about graphing our part of the web.”

Graph Search

Zuckerberg and the tool’s creators showed how you can use Graph Search to dig through Facebook to find exactly who or what you want to find.

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Aaron Swartz, a programmer and Internet activist who co-founded a company that would eventually become Reddit, committed suicide Friday in N.Y. City.

And no, tragically, it's not a hoax, unlike so many memorable recent items emerging from Reddit. His lawyer confirmed the surprising news earlier today.

He was only 26 years old.

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"The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true," confirmed Swartz' attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, via email.

MIT's student newspaper The Tech was the first to report the suicide of Swartz, who had hinted at battles with depression numerous times in the past.

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If you're still using your hands to answer your iPhone 5, well, obviously you're missing out. N00b. Let this Japanese guy show you how it's DONE, son.

This dude demonstrates the ballerest way to pick up the hottest phone ever - a custom, state-of-the-art quick-draw contraption. Bow down to the master.

Because hands are for punks.

After seeing his diagram and demonstration, two thoughts come to mind:

  1. This guy is King of the Internet, at least until the next video we post in 15 minutes.
  2. We really need one of those in 17 months when we can get an iPhone upgrade.

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Move over, Zuckerberg. Florida resident Zachary Marks, 11, began his own social network, called Grom Social, after his parents banned him from using Facebook.

Grom Social is designed specifically for children.

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Marks had a Facebook account for roughly a week despite being two years too young to join the site, having lied about his age to create an account.

When his parents discovered that he may have been engaging in risky online activities, they pulled the plug. At that point, he came up with a plan.

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While some things go obsolete, others find a way to reinvent themselves.

Case in point? Discarded electronics rocking out to FUN's hit song "We Are Young." Seriously, it's a performance done entirely on old computer parts.

Listen and smile as vintage hard drives and a Yamaha CX-5 drop the beat and a printer that appears to be an old school HP Scanjet 3C provides "vocals."

Yes, readers born after 1990. People used to use this stuff.

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Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi accidentally shared a private family photo, apparently confused by or unable to grasp Facebook's privacy settings.

How's that for the definition of irony?

Zuckerberg Family Photo

Randi Zuckerberg, the former head of marketing for Facebook and the executive producer of Bravo's reality series Silicon Valley, posted the above photo on Facebook.

The candid family picture is of Randi and her family (including sister Arielle Zuckerberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg) reacting to the new Poke app.

The problem arose when Callie Schweitzer, director of marketing and projects at VoxMedia, saw the photo on Facebook, but posted it publicly on Twitter.

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Some major websites went dark briefly Friday in a "moment of silence" for the victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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AOL, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Digg, and more than 100,000 people and sites have pledged to participate in Causes (dot) com's Web Goes Silent campaign.

People and companies across the Internet were also spreading the word by tweeting their intention to go quiet Friday with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.

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Attention, Internet users: Instagram has an important message to pass along...

In response to uproar over the rumor that a new terms of service agreement would allow the company to sell photos without compensating the subject of said photos, co-founder Kevin Systrom has released a statement.

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"[The new terms of service] was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true," Systrom says.

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