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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% …
Danny O'Brien / @danny_at_cpj:
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook says has seen drop in traffic from Egypt  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has seen a drop in traffic to its Web site from Egypt on Thursday amid anti-government protests in that country, the company said.  —  “We are aware of reports of disruption to service and have seen a drop in traffic …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-Egypt shows how easily Internet can be silenced  —  * First time almost entire country has been sealed off  —  * Small number of ISPs makes shutdown easy  —  * Facebook and Twitter particularly vulnerable  —  The move by Egyptian authorities to seal off the country almost entirely …
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  —  (Reuters) - Concerns that roaring demand for tablets and smartphones like Apple's iPad and iPhone will leave Microsoft in the dust are simply overdone, Microsoft International's president told Reuters.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record $0.77 Earnings Per Share in Second Quarter
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:
Discussion: alarm:clock
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Steve Sordello / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn files registration statement for Initial Public Offering
Reuters:
LinkedIn's IPO to test appetite for Facebook
Discussion: Reuters and Reuters
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.
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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Electronista:
Samsung ships 2m Galaxy Tabs in its first three months
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.”
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 …
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: “We Had Our First $10 Billion Quarter”  —  Amazon just released results for its for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2010.  The company's sales came in at $12.95 billion, which is up 36 percent from $9.52 billion in fourth quarter 2009.
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Amazon's Sales Grow 36%; Sells More E-Books than Paperbacks
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
Ken Florance / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Netflix Performance on Top ISP Networks  —  Hi there.  This is Ken Florance, Director of Content Delivery here at Netflix.  —  As we continue to stream more and more great movies and TV shows, we find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds …
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
90 Percent of AT&T iPhone Subs Still Under Contract  —  A metric worth mulling as AT&T's previously monogamous relationship with Apple shifts into polyamory: 90 percent of the carrier's iPhone users are still under contract.  —  That's according to Susquehanna analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Box.net And The Freemium Business App  —  Forbes Magazine dated February 14, 2011  —  A band of newcomers is changing how business apps are bought and sold. … Aaron Levie is one of those 26-year-old technology chief executives who make no attempt to look older than their age.
 
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Deals come to the Android app
Discussion: Mashable! and AndroidOS.in
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
New York's quest to become ‘the digital city’
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Second-Guessing SecondMarket  —  This week, the CEO of SecondMarket …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ups Application Security with Roles, Whitelists, and Notifications
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
How Selerity Got Microsoft's Earnings Early
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
AOL Deletes ~250,000 Users' Old Emails, Takes Three Days To BEGIN Restoring Them
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Foxconn to retail Apple products in China, plans 500 stores
Discussion: DigiTimes, MacStories and Geek.com
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Quora Blocks Startup Search Engines
Discussion: Pulse2
James Sterngold / Business Week:
Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords
Joseph Alexiou / The Business Insider:
FAIL!  One Year Later, Here Are 7 Naysayers Who Thought The iPad Would Fail
William Gibson / New York Times:
25 Years of Digital Vandalism
Discussion: TeleRead
David / TmoNews:
(Updated: New Pic!) Sidekick 4G In The Wild!