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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011

The Circuit: Egypt cuts off Internet access, FBI searches Anonymous members, Data Privacy Day

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY:The Egyptian government reportedly blocked all Internet access and cellphone service in the country Thursday night, as anti-government protests continue to move through the Middle East. On Twitter, activists were posting tweets dictated over landlines. There were also reports that the country's SMS system went down.

Renesys, an Internet intelligence company, has an interesting blog post on how the Egyptian government could have withdrawn the country from the Internet. The company notes that "at 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet's global routing table." The company later updated the blog post to point out that the Egyptian stock market seemed to still be online.

FBI executes 40 Anonymous search warrants: The FBI announced Thursday that it executed 40 search warrants in the U.S. in connection with an investigation into the Anonymous group of "hacktivists" who launched cyberattacks against businesses who opposed the work of the leak site WikiLeaks.

The FBI's actions were part of a coordinated effort between the FBI and the United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police Force. Five people with Anonymous ties were arrested in London yesterday.

Data Privacy Day: Friday marks the fourth annual Data Privacy Day as designated by the Data Privacy Projects, a nonprofit think tank. Over at the Google Blog, privacy head Alma Whitten wrote that she would spend the day in Washington at the company's "The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks" event. The panel will discuss the how privacy and technology affect each other and discuss what the best practices for data privacy may be.

News Corp., Apple to launch the Daily: Rupert Murdoch announced that he and Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue will launch the Daily, a newspaper designed for tablets such as the iPad, on Feb. 2 at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Daily was originally set to premiere on Jan. 19 at a San Francisco event with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Microsoft profits edge out Apple's, boosted by Kinect: Microsoft reported that is saw $6.63 billion in profits from its latest quarter, edging out Apple's reported annual profits of $6 billion. The Redmond, Wash., company's revenue was boosted by sales of its hands-free Kinect gaming system and Microsoft Office.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Google, International, Privacy, Social media  
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