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Former Redditor Aaron Swartz Dies at Age 26 (SocialTimes) Aaron Swartz, an early employee of the link-sharing site reddit, is dead at the age of 26, the Associated Press has confirmed. The 26-year-old programmer and Internet activist reportedly hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to appear in court for illegally downloading millions of scholarly articles.

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RedditFormer Redditor Aaron Swartz Dies at Age 26 (SocialTimes)
Aaron Swartz, an early employee of the link-sharing site reddit, is dead at the age of 26, the Associated Press has confirmed. The 26-year-old programmer and Internet activist reportedly hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to appear in court for illegally downloading millions of scholarly articles. Politico Swartz allegedly attempted to download much or all of the JSTOR database, a massive collection of academic papers that is available to students and researchers at many academic institutions but is not freely available on the Internet. Swartz allegedly made the effort by placing a laptop in a wiring closet of an MIT building. VentureBeat His charges included copyright violations as well as more serious hacking charges. JSTOR declined to press charges, but reports suggest that MIT urged the U.S. Attorney’s office to pursue the case, which it did, aggressively: The charges filed against Swartz may have carried a maximum sentence of 35 years in jail and up to $1 million in fines. Mashable Leo Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced in a statement Sunday that the school will be conducting an investigation of its involvement in the case of Swartz. “I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took,” Reif wrote. PC Magazine A number of researchers and supporters – activists in their own right – are taking to Twitter to participate in a large protest as a reaction to Swartz’s suicide. The online event, running under the hashtag #pdftribute, has thousands of users contributing links to academic papers – regardless of whether they technically have permission due to the papers’ copyrights – as a virtual representation of Swartz’s beliefs in the availability of information in the academic world.

Dropbox Update for Android Targets Photo-Sharing (SocialTimes)
Photo-sharing is a red-hot area of competition among software companies right now, and Dropbox upped its game last week with updates to its mobile apps. The more substantial Android update allows users to organize photos into albums and share them with others who aren’t Dropbox users. The Next Web Dropbox has always allowed you to share photos with a public link to anyone, but this makes it easier to grab a clump of photos and share them all at once. The recent dramatic redesign of Dropbox’ apps displayed a renewed focus on sharing photos, something that the team told me was a big way that people use its product.

Twitter Enlists Stars to Live-Tweet the Golden Globes (LostRemote)
This year, Twitter has enlisted actors and directors in attendance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to live-tweet the awards ceremony and to share red carpet photos, backstage happenings, and for those celebrities unable to score an invite – thoughts from their couches. With a more laid-back setting compared to other high-profile award shows, the Golden Globes is a perfect opportunity for celebrities to engage with fans before, during, and after the telecast.

Facebook Offers Admins the Ability to Promote Page, Get More Likes (AllFacebook)
Facebook has long allowed page administrators to promote individual posts, but now the site is apparently pushing more options for marketers to pay to amplify pages themselves. As Jon Loomer points out, some pages have the option to quickly create ads to get more likes.