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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Get started ‘On’ Jan. 18: Google joins anti-anti-piracy protests, Zients takes over OMB

Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

Google’s homepage on Wednesday includes a link protesting the SOPA anti-piracy legislation. (Mark Lennihan - AP)
Google joins anti-anti-piracy protests: The online search giant placed a link on its homepage this morning protesting anti-piracy measures currently pending in Congress, joining several other Internet companies demonstrating against the Hollywood-backed legislation. Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing have also shut down services for a planned 24 hours in protest of the measures.

Zients takes over OMB: President Obama on Tuesday tapped Jeffrey Zients to serve as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, which is responsible for crafting the White House federal budget proposal and handling various government management concerns. This is Zients’s second turn as acting director of the agency.

Big Apple’s small firms shunned by banks: New York topped a list of states where small businesses’ requests for credit were turned down most frequently, according to a new report from Biz2Credit. Chase Bank topped the list of banks most commonly rejecting small business loans in the state, followed by Citibank, Bank of America and TD Bank.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Romney starting to hint at his finances: On Tuesday, Mitt Romney told reporters that he plans to release his federal income tax returns this spring and estimated his rate at about 15 percent. A rate along those lines would likely draw fire from opponents because it highlights the tax advantages enjoyed by wealthy Americans who make most of their money from investments rather than labor.

Chinese firm yanking plans for Steve Jobs action figure:A company has halted plans to produce a remarkably life-like action figure of Steve Jobs after coming under “immense pressure” from Apple and Jobs’s family. Accessories would have included a miniature iPhone, iPad and Jobs’s trademark mock turtleneck, jeans and sneakers.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to navigate tax rules surrounding legal fees (Open Forum)

How to handle social media feedback (Mashable)

How to turn profiles into professional places (Fast Company)

How to avoid common Web site mistakes (Young Entrepreneur)

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