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6:55 PM ET, January 28, 2011

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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
How Did Egypt Kill the Internet?  Possibly With a Few Phone Calls  —  UPDATE: This post has been updated with more detailed information on the timing of the shutdown.  —  How do you turn off the Internet in an entire country?  —  In the case of Egypt, it was probably done with a few phone calls …
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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 …
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
One U.S. Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown … The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed.  Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications — a troubling predictor of the fierce crackdown that has followed.
Wilson Rothman / Technolog:
Net-less Egypt may face economic doom Monday
Discussion: Mashable! and msnbc.com
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
How Egypt Switched Off the Internet
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:   Google's Content Spam Penalties Rolled Out Today
Twitter Blog:
The Tweets Must Flow  —  Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them.  For this to happen, freedom of expression is essential.  Some Tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Alludes To WikiLeaks And #Egypt In Call For Freedom Of Expression
Jeff Yang / San Francisco Chronicle:
How Steve Jobs ‘out-Japanned’ Japan  —  The better part of a month has gone by, and most pundits have already weighed in on this year's CES — the global gadget extravaganza that makes Las Vegas the gravitational center of the geek universe every January.  The consensus?  Meh.
Discussion: SAI and MacDailyNews
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 …
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.”
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft: Consumers Should Think Twice Before Broadcasting Location  —  As more and more services tap into location-based data, consumers need to take steps to make sure they are aware just how broadly they are sharing that information.  —  That was one of several points stressed …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons (UPDATED)  —  Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing.  Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license.
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andrew Blum / The Atlantic Online:
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points  —  The news Thursday evening that Egypt had severed itself from the global Internet came at the same time as an ostensibly far less inflammatory announcement closer to home.  Verizon, the telecom giant, would acquire “cloud computing company” Terremark for $1.4 billion.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook awarded over $360 million damages against spammer  —  Facebook's security team have reason to celebrate as they have claimed another scalp in the ongoing fight against spammers on the social network.  —  A post on Facebook's Security page announced that this week a federal court …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Slashdot
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.
Tim Weber / BBC:
Can Leo Apotheker make Hewlett Packard a cool company?  —  Four months ago, Leo Apotheker took charge of troubled computer giant Hewlett Packard.  But is he the man to turn things around?  —  On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Apotheker gave an exclusive interview to the BBC.
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 and MacGazette.net
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Windows Phone 7 devs get long-awaited pay day  —  Microsoft this week began the process of paying Windows Phone 7 developers for their work.  For some, this comes three months after their apps appeared on Microsoft's new mobile applications marketplace.  —  According to some of the top downloaded game …
Discussion: WinRumors, ITworld.com and Electronista
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: MediaPost, Techland, p2pnet, Pulse2, SAI and The Next Web, Thanks:tim
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple: World's ‘most desired’ brand  —  But it comes in behind BMW in China, Trader Joe's in the U.S., Singapore Airlines in Singapore and the World Wildlife Fund in Germany, according to M&C Saatchi  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: M&C Saatchi Clear  —  There's a wealth of information in the 56-page …
Discussion: CNET News
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon May Invest in Chinese Competitor at Billion-Dollar Valuation  —  Groupon, which is still trying to figure out how to break into China, is close to investing in one of the largest group-buying sites there, we have learned.  —  The daily deal site is mulling a strategic relationship with Lashou …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel gifts world open source FCoE  —  Vows to save 400,000,000 feet of cable  —  Intel has officially introduced its Open FCoE software stack, based on the native OS Fibre Channel Over Ethernet project it first open sourced in 2007.  —  Intel Open FCoE is free for use with Intel's X520 family of 10 GbE …
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.
 
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: SD Card slot on Apple's next-gen iPad just a rumor
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Connecticut Won't Press for Google WiSpy Data, Looks to Settle
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf …
Discussion: Softpedia News and GottaBeMobile
Dickson Seow / The PayPal Blog:
Advanced Notice for Changes to PayPal User Agreement for India
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Anonymous suspects released on bail
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Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley VCs reach highest confidence levels in two years
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Daniel Hauck / Bloomberg:
Lenovo Chairman to Take on Apple With ‘Extreme Focus’ on LePad, LePhone
Discussion: Electronista, PC World, AndroidOS.in and SAI
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Some at Spotify eye Apple with suspicion
Discussion: GigaOM and Evolver.fm
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Four Big Projects Facebook Should Launch, and Probably Will-Even …
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Microsoft Considering Whether to Bring Office to Apple's Mac App Store
 

 
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