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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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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 …
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.
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% …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons
Danny O'Brien / @danny_at_cpj:   This is what Egypt's cutoff from the Net looks like: http://j.mp/egypt_arbor (HT @labovit - it's from a global set of traffic points)
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-Egypt shows how easily Internet can be silenced
Discussion: msnbc.com and Technolog
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
Biz / 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.
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
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf, and never scratchy like Windows 7 (video)  —  There's no denying that Meinolf Althaus brings some personality to an otherwise stoic slate.  Good thing too, because the idea of Fujitsu and Microsoft spawning a stylus-driven tablet …
Discussion: Softpedia News and GottaBeMobile
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.
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.
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
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: Daring Fireball and MacDailyNews
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: Pulse2, p2pnet, SAI and The Next Web, Thanks:tim
Machmeter / HardMac:
The iPod Classic soon to reach 220 GB?  —  In the iPod line, the iPod Classic is like a dinosaur.  —  It is not only the last iPod to still have a regular hard drive, but it is also the only one to have that not so user friendly interface, even compared to the iPod shuffle.
 
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Some at Spotify eye Apple with suspicion
Discussion: GigaOM and Evolver.fm
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Deals come to the Android app
Discussion: Mashable! and AndroidOS.in
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Quora stats: 150% growth in January, 160k monthly actives …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Four Big Projects Facebook Should Launch, and Probably Will-Even …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Bono's Silicon Valley Soap Opera
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
LivingSocial Closing the Gap