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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 …
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:   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
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:   Facebook says has seen drop in traffic from Egypt
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  —  A WebmasterWorld thread has a bunch of SEOs and Webmasters complaining about a recent and significant drop in traffic from Google.  These reports all come from webmasters who have had stable rankings in Google and stable traffic from Google for years.
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
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7: 300 Million Licenses Sold
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
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.”
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 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.
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
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, TiPb, PadGadget, MacNN and iClarified
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: p2pnet, The Next Web and SAI, Thanks:tim
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: Inside Facebook and WebProNews
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Anonymous suspects released on bail
Discussion: AOL News, Techland and p2pnet
Machmeter / HardMac:
The iPod Classic soon to reach 220 GB?
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
Discussion: SlashGear, Electronista and DigiTimes
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Deals come to the Android app
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Quora stats: 150% growth in January, 160k monthly actives …
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’
Discussion: TechCrunch and NYConvergence.com
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Bono's Silicon Valley Soap Opera
Discussion: VentureBeat
Pete Warden / ReadWriteHack:
Quora Blocks Startup Search Engines
Discussion: Pulse2
James Sterngold / Business Week:
Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords