Tim O’Reilly: Why I’m fighting SOPA

The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has drawn the ire of many tech industry leaders for its potential to squash innovation. GigaOM talked to O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly about why SOPA is wrong and what the tech industry can do to stop it.

Vente Privée’s US launch coming ‘in weeks’

Everyone in flash sales seems to be having problems right now, from Groupon to Gilt. But the new boss of the American spin-off from Europe’s pioneering Vente Privée explains why things will be different for him.

Independence Day Vid Pick: Muppets Salute America

There are lots of things I can’t imagine doing without — air, food, Internet. But high on that list are definitely Jim Henson’s Muppets. And this Independence Day, Sam the Eagle’s web-exclusive salute to America is the only video you need to watch this weekend.

This two-minute tribute encompasses all that is pure and good and true about the United States. Also, hot dogs. Why the Swedish Chef is participating in this otherwise all-American endeavor is a mystery best left to the ages — as is the question of why Sam the Eagle has taken this opportunity to reach out to his online audience. (His YouTube page is magnificent, by the way.) Because those issues aren’t important. What’s important is that America is here to save the world from weirdos — with, hopefully, with the exception of Gonzo.