SOPA 101: Your guide to the Internet blackout

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You probably woke up this morning to realize the Internet is totally screwy.

Is it the online apocalypse? Not so much. Google, Wikipedia, Boing Boing and others have gone dark, along with thousands of others, who are protesting two anti-piracy bills that are up for debate in the U.S. Congress.

It’s a debate that’s pitted the Web against Washington. And if the goal of these protests was to get people talking, that sure seems to have worked, with every media organization on the planet talking about piracy today.

Many of these sites are using creative techniques to bring attention to the two bills — one called SOPA, the other PIPA — and making very clear their viewpoint on it.

Before you panic, read our quick-and-dirty guide to these online protests.

So, what are these piracy bills about?

With all of these sites going dark, it is important to know why this topic…

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South Korea to allow food aid to North for first time since Kim’s death

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The South Korean government on Friday approved the first shipment of food aid to North Korea since the death of dictator Kim Jong Il last month.

The South Korean Unification Ministry has given the green light to the sending on January 27 of 180 tons of flour to elementary schools and day care centers by the Korea Peace Foundation, Kim Hyung-suk, a ministry spokesman, said at a briefing.

North Korea has agreed to receive the shipment, according to the ministry.

Pyongyang announced Kim’s death on December 19, setting off speculation about the stability of the reclusive state and its possible consequences for the broader region. Kim’s youngest son and chosen successor, Kim Jong Un, has replaced him as the regime’s “supreme leader.”

The country’s dysfunctional economy, hurt by failed policies and international sanctions, has resulted in famines and widespread malnutrition during the past two decades. Other countries and international organizations…

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Body parts found in Hollywood hills identified

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The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified the man whose severed head, hands and feet were found in the Hollywood hills this week, but his name isn’t being released, Deputy Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.

The body parts were found Tuesday, when two people noticed their dogs dragging a plastic grocery bag with the head inside from a bush near a dirt trail, police said.

Winter said this week that the head is that of a man between 40 and 60 years old, with salt-and-pepper-colored hair.

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