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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.
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.
Wilson Rothman / Technolog:
Net-less Egypt may face economic doom Monday
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters 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
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Angry Birds Planning a Trip to Rio  —  The Angry Birds are headed to Rio.  —  Rovio, maker of the popular mobile game, announced on Friday that it is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a version of the game centered on the upcoming animated movie “Rio,” which hits theaters in mid-April.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How Angry Birds Is Becoming the Next Super Mario
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
New York Post:
‘SNL’ wants Zuckerberg  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being lured to have the last laugh on Oscar-nominated “The Social Network” by making a cameo on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who plays him in the movie.  While Eisenberg has signed up as guest host …
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.”
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Search Engine Land and CNET News
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 …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. asks about search fairness in Google/ITA  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's review of Google Inc's planned acquisition of airline ticketing software company ITA Software is focusing on making sure ITA's products remain available, even to Google's rivals, according to a source close to the deal.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: SD Card slot on Apple's next-gen iPad just a rumor  —  With Apple expected to take the wraps off its second-generation iPad in the next few months, talk has focused largely around the potential hardware enhancements to the tablet device, including rumors of an SD Card slot …
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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