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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet  —  Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet.  Critical European-Asian fiber-optic …
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Andree Toonk / BGPmon.net Blog:
Internet in Egypt offline  —  Different media are reporting that Internet and other forms of electronic communications are being disrupted in Egypt.  Presumably after a government order in response to the protests.  Looking at BGP data we can confirm that according to our analysis 88% …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
How Egypt Switched Off the Internet  —  Amid spreading protests, the Egyptian government has taken the incredible step of shutting down all communications late Thursday.  Only a handful of web connections, including those to the nation's stock exchange, remain up and running.
Sean Bonner / Boing Boing:
Egypt turns off internet, Lieberman wants same option for US  —  On Thursday Jan 27th at 22:34 UTC the Egyptian Government effectively removed Egypt from the internet.  Nearly all inbound and outbound connections to the web were shut down.  The internet intelligence authority Renesys explains …
Danny O'Brien / @danny_at_cpj:
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:   Facebook says has seen drop in traffic from Egypt
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-Egypt shows how easily Internet can be silenced
Discussion: msnbc.com
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Algorithm change launched  —  I just wanted to give a quick update on one thing I mentioned in my search engine spam post.  —  My post mentioned that “we're evaluating multiple changes that should help drive spam levels even lower, including one change that primarily affects sites …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Microsoft Incinerates ANOTHER $543 Million Online  —  Every quarter Microsoft reports earnings, and every quarter it reports a massive loss in its online operations.  Today it reported a $543 million loss for its December quarter.  —  This gives Microsoft a trailing-four-quarter loss of $2.5 billion.
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:   Tablets won't steamroll Microsoft, top executive says
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
What you should know about LinkedIn's IPO  —  You've probably seen that professional networking site LinkedIn filed for its initial public offering today.  Now that the first wave of excitement has died down, let's take a look at the most relevant facts about the company and its IPO plans, drawn primarily from the filing:
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Bloomberg:   Accel's Jim Breyer Says Now Not Best Time for LinkedIn Initial Share Sale
Reuters:
LinkedIn's IPO to test appetite for Facebook
Discussion: Reuters, Reuters and TechCrunch
eMarketer:
Who Will Win the Android vs. iPhone Race?  —  Google's mobile OS will be on top by year-end 2012  —  The iPhone may have captured the hearts and minds of many tech-savvy early smartphone adopters—not to mention marketers—with its sleek design, multitouch interface and available apps.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
ZTE displaces Apple as No. 4 phone maker; RIM bumped from top 5  —  Chinese consumer electronics company ZTE exploded from the “other” category in the fourth quarter of 2010 to displace Apple as the No. 4 cell phone maker in the world.  In doing so, the Chinese manufacturer also bumped RIM off …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Considering Whether to Bring Office to Apple's Mac App Store  —  Microsoft says it continues to be pleased with sales of the Mac version of Office, but has not yet decided whether to offer the product or any of its components in the Mac version of the App Store, which launched earlier this month.
Chris Vogel / The Informer:
Donald LeBuhn Files Class Action Lawsuit in LA Against Apple: Says iPhone 4 Glass Casing Sucks and is Not as Strong as Apple Advertises  —  If you own an iPhone 4 and the glass casing has broken, you are not alone.  —  So many people have complained, in fact, that the phenomenon has even earned the nickname, “Glassgate.”
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung hits all-time record revenue in 2010; dual-core Galaxy S2 & multiple Galaxy Tabs incoming  —  Samsung has announced its 2010 financial figures, and there are strong results for the company's mobile business.  Mobile device sales in Q4 2010 topped 80.7m, up 17-percent compared to Q4 2009, with 280m sales for the whole of 2010.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Some at Spotify eye Apple with suspicion  —  Do Spotify executives believe Apple had anything to do with their company's inability to make the leap to the United States?  —  In an interview given on Monday by Faisal Galaria, Spotify's chief of global business development, sure made it sound that way.
Discussion: Evolver.fm
Tim Bradshaw / FT tech hub:
Tweetdeck busts the 140-character limit with Deck.ly  —  Tweetdeck, the software for social-media ‘power users’, is today unveiling Deck.ly, the latest strand of its plan to ease its dependence on Twitter and become a greater platform in itself.  —  At a basic level, Deck.ly allows Tweetdeck users …
Discussion: The Next Web and SAI, Thanks:tim
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Summary view of Apple's cash flows  —  Since reporting on the 18th, I've mostly finished going over the the fourth quarter Apple data.  Here is a quick summary of the articles that covered the financial and product performance: … Cash  —  Having added $20 billion last year …
Discussion: Fortune
James Niccolai / PC World:
Microsoft Presses Intel for 16-core Atom Chip  —  Microsoft has asked Intel to develop a 16-core version of its low-power Atom chip for use in servers, part of a wider effort to reduce power consumption in its massive data centers, a Microsoft executive said Thursday.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
LivingSocial Closing the Gap  —  Let's face it, $6 billion is a lot of money, especially considering the hyper-innovation we're seeing in the social buying space.  —  In a previous post less then two months ago we analyzed the difference between Groupon and LivingSocial visitors.
Daniel Hauck / Bloomberg:
Lenovo Chairman to Take on Apple With ‘Extreme Focus’ on LePad, LePhone  —  Lenovo Group Ltd., China's biggest maker of personal computers, said it's counting on its LePad tablet computer and LePhone smartphone to fend off Apple Inc.'s expansion in the country.
Discussion: PC World, SAI, AndroidOS.in and Electronista
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Adobe prepping “Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” for iOS, Android development  —  Adobe appears poised to rush to market a new bundle of Creative Suite applications ahead of CS6 that it hopes will solidify its Flash and Air technology as an alternative platform for developers looking …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and iClarified
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Takes A Dozen Torrent Sites Offline  —  The MPAA has managed to take a dozen torrent sites offline in the United States, with help from Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN.  The 12 torrent sites - which remain anonymous - were pulled offline by their hosting companies following complaints from the two organizations.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Four Big Projects Facebook Should Launch, and Probably Will-Even Though It Says It Won't  —  Steve Jobs is famous for publicly dismissing a market shortly before Apple enters it.  And Mark Zuckerberg and his team seem to have some Steve Jobs in them: There are several obvious product launches coming …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Deals come to the Android app  —  If you've been waiting to get those handy mobile deals on your pocket robot, it appears that your wait is over.  The newest version of the Facebook application for Android introduces Facebook Deals.  —  Loading up the new version, nothing looks immediately different.
Discussion: Mashable! and AndroidOS.in
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Bono's Silicon Valley Soap Opera  —  The rocker's days as a tech mogul could be ending: A key founding partner is ditching Bono's private-equity firm, Elevation, in a nasty spat that's going public, just as the company is trying to launch a second investment fund.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Quora stats: 150% growth in January, 160k monthly actives, 18k daily actives (lower bound estimate via Facebook app data)  —  I ♥ Quora.  Oh yes, I'm a fanboy.  —  As my many of my friends and family know, I love Quora and get a ton of value out of it.
 
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Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley VCs reach highest confidence levels in two years
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
HTC to set up chain of 100 exclusive retail shops in Taiwan
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
90 Percent of AT&T iPhone Subs Still Under Contract
Discussion: MacGazette.net and 9 to 5 Mac
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Amazon's Sales Grow 36%; Sells More E-Books than Paperbacks
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Box.net And The Freemium Business App
Discussion: Forbes
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
New York's quest to become ‘the digital city’
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Second-Guessing SecondMarket  —  This week, the CEO of SecondMarket …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
AOL Deletes ~250,000 Users' Old Emails, Takes Three Days To BEGIN Restoring Them
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Quora Blocks Startup Search Engines
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James Sterngold / Business Week:
Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords
William Gibson / New York Times:
25 Years of Digital Vandalism
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Ken Florance / The Netflix Tech Blog:
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