Saturday 2011-01-29

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How Did Egypt Kill the Internet? Possibly With a Few Phone Calls - Digits
Probably sick of countless press emails asking for an official stance on the countless controversial hyper-mediated events like WikiLeaks and the Tunisan and Egyptian uprisings now being amplified through Twitter, co-founder Biz Stone and Twitter General Council Alexander Macgillivray have co-written the polemic “The Tweets Must Flow” essentially arguing that freedom of expression is a human right. Key takeways: *“On a practical level, we simply cannot review all one hundred million-plus Tweets created and subsequently delivered every day.”*“We keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content.”*“While we may need to release information as required by law, we try to notify Twitter users before handing over their information whenever we can.” Twitter Alludes To WikiLeaks And #Egypt In Call For Freedom Of Expression Twitter Alludes To WikiLeaks And #Egypt In Call For Freedom Of Expression
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Give Me Something To Read Monopoly's Secret War Against The Third Reich As the world burned, Britain was devoting serious time and ingenuity to keeping have-a-go-heroes stocked with gizmos and trinkets churned out by a plucky bunch of garden shed types. Death Dust
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Tumblr is growing like a weed, but “the last four or five months totally overshadow everything that came before it,” founder David Karp tells Chris Dixon in a taping today for TCTV (watch the video above). “We are growing by a quarter billion impressions every week,” he revealed. Last week Tumblr did 1.2 billion impressions, or pageviews, and it is adding 250 million every week. David Karp: “Tumblr Is Growing By A Quarter Billion Impressions Every Week” David Karp: “Tumblr Is Growing By A Quarter Billion Impressions Every Week”
All Electric Bike Makers, Zero Motorcycles, Raise Another $2.4 Million All Electric Bike Makers, Zero Motorcycles, Raise Another $2.4 Million A Santa Cruz-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Zero Motorcycles, raised another $2.4 million in private equity, according to a new SEC filing. Earlier this month, California’s Scotts Valley Police Department started using the company’s Zero DS bikes in urban patrols. According to a company press statement, its Zero DS has a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) and is highway legal, safe for off-road bike paths, and drives quietly due to its all-electric drivetrain, making it potentially advantageous for urban law enforcement. In late 2010, Zero Motorcycles expanded sales of its all-electric bikes to Australia.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little spark to set off a major forest fire. That is what seems to have happened with my New Year’s Day post on Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google. Over the last two months, there has been an avalanche of articles echoing my post (and a few before it from notable people like Jeff Atwood), including New York Magazine, Business Insider, GigaOm, TechCrunch, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. I had a feeling that this would get Google’s attention. And I had the same concern as when I challenged the Russian government, once, in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article about Skolkovo (a new tech park). I feared that Google would either blacklist me or do its equivalent of putting me in a Gulag—deliver even more spam when I search websites. The Future of Search: Who Will Win The Spam Wars? The Future of Search: Who Will Win The Spam Wars?
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Mubarak Asks Egypt Government to Resign Amid Protests

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