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7:50 AM ET, January 29, 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 …
Matt Cutts / @mattcutts:   Google's Transparency Report flatlining for Egypt: http://goo.gl/y98XO Only 4 months old & really useful: http://goo.gl/2l4WU
Wilson Rothman / Technolog:
Net-less Egypt may face economic doom Monday
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
One U.S. Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown
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Robert Martinez / Anyblog:   Yuri Milner Uses Anybot to Announce Funding for Every Y Combinator Startup
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
War Maneuvers: Android Event Will Battle iPad Event For Press Love On February 2  —  I love asking companies if the timing of events is on purpose or purely coincidental.  Not only do they almost always say that it's purely coincidental, but they often try to claim that didn't even realize …
Discussion: Neowin.net and @akovacs
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Exclusive: Google to Show Off Honeycomb Next Week  —  Google is planning an event next week to show off the inner workings of Honeycomb, the next version of Android that is optimized to work on tablets and other devices, Mobilized has learned.  —  The software, which was first shown off at the D …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So How Much Is Quora Worth?  —  For the rest of the world, it may have been a very cold winter, but for Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup Quora, it has been a scorching hot few weeks.  Thanks to relentless media attention, the company started by Facebook alumni — ex-Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo …
Discussion: @mathewi
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 …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
We Fear for Our Online Privacy, But Do Little to Protect It
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 …
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
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: V3.co.uk and Slashdot
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: The next generation of WikiLeaks  —  (Reuters) - All across Europe, from Brussels to the Balkans, a new generation of WikiLeaks-style websites is sprouting.  —  Like their forerunner, the fledgling whistle-blowing sites are a chaotic mixture of complex systems engineering, earnest campaigning, muckraking and self-promotion.
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, MacDailyNews and Kotaku
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 …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
PayPal in India is ‘Close to Dead’  —  If you are based in India and have been using the PayPal service to receive payment from foreign clients and advertisers, here's some disheartening news for you.  —  Starting March 1st, you'll not be allowed to receive payments that exceed $500 per transaction.
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 …
 
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon turns on iPhone 4 pre-order countdown, existing customers …
Discussion: Phones Review and AppleInsider
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft warns of new unpatched vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. asks about search fairness in Google/ITA
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel gifts world open source FCoE
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon May Invest in Chinese Competitor at Billion-Dollar Valuation
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's tablet is easy like a hammer, cozy as a scarf …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Softpedia News
Machmeter / HardMac:
The iPod Classic soon to reach 220 GB?
Zach Epstein / BGR:
ZTE displaces Apple as No. 4 phone maker; RIM bumped from top 5
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Four Big Projects Facebook Should Launch, and Probably Will-Even …
Discussion: MediaPost and Inside Facebook