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InterConnection’s Charles Brennick of with one of the group’s $149 refurbished laptops for low-income households.

What happens when big tech companies acquire your favorite online services? Increasingly it seems, they shut ’em down. At least, that was the case this past week with two of our favorites, Summify and Picnik.

We lament their impending demise as we recap the week’s tech news on this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast, along with a discussion of something that many people will be very happy to see go away: SOPA. (Yes, I actually read the bill! See the helpful Khan Academy video embedded below.)

Our guest in the studio is Charles Brennick, the founder and director of InterConnection, a nonprofit in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that refurbishes donated PCs and distributes them around the world to humanitarian organizations, nonprofits and other deserving groups. It’s a great mission, and we had fun talking with Charles about the group’s work (and our old PCs).

Finally, it’s our App of the Week and Name that Tech Tune Challenge.

Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file.

Show Notes: More background on the topics we discussed …

InterConnection: Home Page, Donation Information, About Page, and Contact Info.

Ex-Microsoft interns sell Summify to Twitter: Popular news service will shut down

The Picnik is over: Google plans to shutter popular photo editing service, other products

Buster Benson’s goal-tracking site Gonna Try helps people set resolutions 

Name that Tech Tune: Chance to Win a Zagg Sparq 2.0 recharger from AT&T.

App of the Week: iTunes U

Facing pressure from tech giants, politicians postpone SOPA and PIPA votes … Watch Ben Huh debate an NBC executive over SOPA

Khan Academy SOPA/PIPA explanation …

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