If you go to Wikipedia today, be forewarned. The free online encyclopedia, along with more than 7,000 others such as Reddit, Mozilla and Wordpress, are blacked out in protest of two bills aimed at cracking down on foreign websites that infringe on U.S. intellectual property.
The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act has been stopped dead in its tracks in the House. Until there is broader consensus among the lawmakers about legislation that would crack down on foreign Web sites that infringe on U.S. copyright material and counterfeit goods, Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) has agreed SOPA would not come before the House for a vote.
Microsoft suffered a major power failure overnight, leaving millions of users unable to access its online services. The BBC reports that Microsoft was still analyzing the cause of the problem on Friday morning, but said the outage appeared to be related to the internet's Domain Name Service address system.