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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Today in Tech: SOPA delayed, YouTube’s year, Jon Bon Jovi death hoax

SOPA: British rapper Dan Bull has released a new video further showcasing the viral opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, setting his own criticisms to the measure to music.

In a photo montage that features 86 people (and one cat), Bull rails against SOPA, reiterating fears that the legislation could limit freedom of speech and particularly hurt the rap community, which often uses samples of other tracks and beats to supplement their own songs.

The House Judiciary Committee confirmed Tuesday that it will delay continuing debate on the Stop Online Piracy Act until after Congress returns from its winter recess.

Committee spokeswoman Kim Smith said in an e-mailed statement that the hearing is expected to be scheduled for “early next year.”

YouTube’s view of 2011: YouTube released its top trending videos of the year Tuesday, showing us that 2011 was a year of unlikely pop stars, cute kids and — of course — cats.

It was a big year for Google’s online video site, which logged a jaw-dropping 1 trillion views in 2011.

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” topped the list of the year’s most-viewed videos; other viral hits that made the list include the talking twin babies, Nyan Cat, Lonely Island and Nicki Minaj’s “The Creep” and Maria Aragon’s “Born This Way” cover.

Jon Bon Jovi latest death hoax victim: Singer Jon Bon Jovi is the latest celebrity victim of a Twitter death hoax.

The musician confirmed his continued existence on Monday evening with a message and a picture from his PR team through his official Twitter account. The picture shows the singer in front of a Christmas tree holding a sign that reads, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey, Dec. 19th 2011, 6:00.”

A fake story circulating on Twitter reported that Bon Jovi had suffered a fatal heart attack, spurring some fans to post tributes — and other, savvier fans to make a ton of “Wanted Dead or Alive” puns.

PlayStation Vita: The PlayStation Vita, Sony’s new handheld, has launched in Japan, but the new device apparently has some bugs. Sony released a statement Monday apologizing to customers for a lineup of launch issues.

Sony has acknowledged problems that include freezing screens, trouble with GPS and location data, the inability to hook up the Vita to the PlayStation Network and problems turning the device on.

Pegatron explosion:Chinese officials are investigating an explosion last weekend at another factory in China that makes components for Apple products.

Apple supplier Pegatron Corp. said in a statement that the explosion at the Shanghai factory occurred in dust collection equipment, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The wire service said local media reported that 61 people were hurt and more than 20 hospitalized but that none had life-threatening injuries.

Free Kindle, Kindle Fire shipping:In a final holiday push, Amazon is offering free shipping to anyone who wants to get a Kindle Fire or other Kindle model into stockings by Christmas.

The offer, rolled out Tuesday, is good until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the company said in a news release. Customers rushing to the online store to cash in on the deal simply have to select two-day shipping from their list of options.

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