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Tech Check: The Web blacks out for SOPA, Apple in the classroom

Doug Gross, CNN
Tech Check: Web's SOPA protest, Apple's textbook plans, Wikipedia 'fails'
Tech Check: Web's SOPA protest, Apple's textbook plans, Wikipedia 'fails'
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tech Check is the weekly technology podcast from CNN.com
  • This week, the crew talks about the Web protests targeting federal anti-piracy proposals
  • We also discuss how an Apple announcement could impact schools
  • If you can't read one paragraph on Wikipedia, you get our Tech Fail of the Week

(CNN) -- On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg explain the internet blackout that saw sites like Wikipedia voluntarily go dark to protest SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), the bill before Congress targeting online piracy.

Web titans like Google and Facebook are among those who believe SOPA goes too far and could hamper internet freedom by making websites fear they could get taken down for angering the wrong copyright holder.

[UPDATE: Since we recorded the podcast Thursday, the story has continued to develop. On Friday, the top supporters of both House and Senate bills on online piracy said they're stepping away from the current versions).

We also take a look at Apple's announcement this week that they're moving into the textbook market. They rolled out three products making it easy to publish textbooks for the iPad. We talk about the case that interactive textbooks are better than hardbacks, while at the same time pondering whether an education announcement from Apple would have been nicer if some sort of donation came along with it. (Could your kid's school afford iPads?)

Our Reader Comments of the Week come from a column that Mashable editor Pete Cashmore wrote for us about the Golden Globe awards -- and how the only reason he watched it live was so he could understand what people were saying about it on social media.

And our Tech Fail of the Week harkens back to the Wikipedia blackout story. Apparently, there is a segment of Wikipedia users that don't have great attention spans or reading-comprehension skills. Shocking, right?

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