February 1, 2011 News RoundupPosted: January 31, 2011
Begin the Social Media Revolution (or at least a revolution using social media)! While social media might not have started the revolution in Egypt, it certainly played a major role during this week’s political upheaval.
- As of Saturday, January 29th, Blackberry service had (at least temporarily) been restored to Cairo.
- Facebook, Twitter and other targeted social networking sites were blocked for most of the week.
- China blocked the actual word “Egypt” (in Chinese) from its Twitter clone Sina.
- Click here to watch Egypt’s internet “die in pictures.”
- As unrest spreads, Microsoft moves some of its offices out of Egypt.
During the week, the debate over who owns the internet also waged on.
- Google was giving permission to use the white space (“unused spectrum used previously as a buffer between TV channels”) to push super, crazy fast wi-fi services that could potentially make a global network.
- Netflix posted a report card ranking the effectiveness of broadband carriers.
On a lighter note, Mark Zuckerberg made a guest appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Live. Tangentially, even though Facebook’s shares dropped 7 percent, Kevin Rose invested in Facebook on Second Market. Even more tangentially, the MPAA busted over 50 torrent sites this week. Make sure you watch your SNL legally.
Stay tuned for next week, when Google promises to unveil Honeycomb, Tumblr will break a quarter of a billion impressions a week and Julian Assange may (or may not) be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.