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Business Breakdown: Following SOPA Protests, Feds Shut Down Megaupload

The UPS of Piracy, or a new model for content distribution? What's behind the latest crackdown on internet file sharing.

Megaupload, the Hong Kong-based website that allowed users to store and share large files—including movies, music and television shows—was shut down by the Department of Justice yesterday for copyright violations. Four company executives—including the appropriately named founder Kim Dotcom (Schmitz, before he changed his name)—have been arrested, and $50 million in assets were seized; Megaupload is said to have accumulated earnings greater than $175 million since its establishment in 2005.

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Straight to the Source: The Boba Guys Visit Taiwan

Boba milk tea is still wildly popular in Taiwan, but the country hasn't produced a recognizable brand for the product.

Bin here, reporting back with some observations on the current business landscape in Asia after two weeks in Taiwan, birthplace of boba milk tea.

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Taste of Tech: Biohacking the Future

How to make your own genetically modified seed—and what might happen if you do.

This Taste of Tech post is the fourth in a series exploring the science and technology of food in partnership with Gearfuse. Don't miss last week's post on the complicated relationship between industrial production lines and pure food by Matthew Battles.

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Porn Stars Keep Clothes On for Money

"We work hard to entertain you, and arouse you," says Alektra Blue, in a new (clothed) PSA from porn stars hurt by internet piracy.

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"We work hard to entertain you, and arouse you," says Alektra Blue, performer, while explaining why you should pay for porn in a new PSA. The longer version of the argument goes something like this.

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