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YouTube now allows you to blur faces in videos

In a blog post yesterday, YouTube announced a new feature for users who upload videos to the video website which allows you to blur people’s faces in the video.

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Al Jazeera launches Twitter dashboard to track uprisings

Yesterday Al Jazeera launched a new Twitter dashboard that tracks and shows in real time uprising in the Middle East.  The dashboard shows total tweets today, average tweets per minute, shows actual tweets and has a graph that shows proportionally how much each countries uprising is on Twitter relative to each other.  Currently it shows real time stats for Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain.

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Internet to Dictators: GTFO

Unless you have been living under a rock since late last year, you know that the Middle East is in a huge revolution.  It started on December 17, 2010 (#Dec17) when Mohamed Bouazizi, Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in protest of the harassment and humiliation he received from Tunisian officials and Government.  This single act of protest sparked the 2011 Tunisian Revolution where over a period of 28 days Tunisians all over protested, marched, fought and revolted against the Tunisian Government and it’s dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.  On January 14th, 2011 Ben Ali stepped down and relinquished his dictatorship to the people of Tunisia and fled to Saudia Arabia. Ben Ali was in power for 23 years. 

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Hosni Mubarak resigns as President of Egypt!

Just announced a few mins ago was that now former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and resigned from the Egyptian presidency.  This is a huge victory for the people of Egypt!  I am sure people all over the world are proud and inspired on what can be accomplished by determination and will to have a better life.

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Egypt Jan25 Artwork

Recently I noticed some really great artwork emerging surrounding the Egypt protests that started on January 25.  As the protests linger on in hopes of change and democracy, people are being inspired all over the world in the form of art. So why not showcase some of what we are all seeing. The art ranges from drawings to cartoons to posters, etc.

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Google’s Wael Ghonim’s first words since being freed

Earlier today it was reported that the Google employee Wael Ghonim was freed from being detained by the Egyptian Govt for his involvement in the Jan25 Egyptian protests. There is a new video that was literally just posted to YouTube of him speaking his first public words to media since being freed.  You can clearly see how tired and drained he is from the ordeal.

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Who is the Google employee in Egypt, Wael Ghonim?

First off there is good news - Wael Ghonim the Google employee who has been missing in Egypt shortly after the Jan25 protests began has been freed.

Wael Ghonim is an Egyptian Internet activist, computer engineer and the Head of Marketing of Google Middle East and North Africa since January 2010.  But why would the Egyptian Govt want to detain him after the Jan25 protests began? According to some Wael Ghonim helped organize social media to help spread the word and help orchestrate the January 25 Egyptian protests.

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Al Jazeera website up 222% in the past 7 days

On January 25 when the people of Egypt decided they no longer wanted to be under an oppressing dictatorship the world tuned in.

Here in the U.S., we all went to our regular places to view news. CNN, NBC, ABC or online to Huffington Post or CNN online, wherever.  But one news source has come through this entire crisis with amazing coverage, outshining their U.S. counterparts.

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Egypt, Viva la Revolucion!

The people of Egypt are in the middle of a revolution. I have been compelled to follow the demonstrations and reports closely.  I can’t do much from here in the U.S., but wanted to show my support in some way.  So why not with something cool?  I immediately thought, Rage Against the Machine (one of the best bands ever!).  I used one of their famous images as I thought it was perfect for the situation and just added some subtle touches to it for Egypt.  My hopes are for the best possible outcome for the Egyptian people.  Viva la Revolucion!

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Hackers fight back in support of Egypt demonstrations

As the turmoil thickens in Egypt, an unlikely supporter has came to the demonstrators defense.  The loosely organized group Anonymous has come to their aid in some sense of the word.  Although they can’t do much, they have taken it upon themselves to DDOS the Ministry of Information site and President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party site on Wednesday.  The National Democratic Party’s site is still offline according to Mashable. Kudos to Anon for lending in and helping where they can.

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Egypt comes back online as violence erupts

Today according to the Wall Street Journal the Egyptian Govt unblocked the Internet so that everyone should be able get back online now in Egypt.

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The ultimate how-to guide to be a protester

As the protesting continues in Egypt and almost all media has been stifled, the protesters and activists are figuring out ways to get their word out to others.  They are distributing pamphlets on how-to protest effectively, safely and cohesively to make the most impact.  Also included were plans for Friday’s protests. Although the plans laid out don’t include details of what Friday’s protests would be [for the safety of the protesters they were removed before publishing], this pamphlet gives you a much better idea of what is happening and being planned in Egypt right now.

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When Egypt went dark on the Internet via Google

On Thursday Jan 27, around 7pm EST there were reports that access to the entire Internet was being blocked in Egypt by the Govt to further silence protesters who are rioting to oust the current dictatorship.  It was later confirmed that the Internet was in fact being blocked completely in Egypt from the rest of the world.  Another interesting view point into Egypt’s Internet access flat lining comes from Matt Cutts at Google.  He posted the Google Transparency Report tool which shows on Jan 27 Egypt disappearing completely from the Internet.

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Piers Morgan interviews Tumblr’s Mark Coatney

Piers Morgan interviews Tumblr’s Mark Coatney in regards to the protests in Egypt.  Image and quote via inothernews.

What we on the Internet have done is secondary, tertiary to what the protestors in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other cities throughout the Middle East have done, and what they are doing now, and what they will do: stand up to oppressive governments in an attempt to reclaim the rights that are theirs. Nevertheless, we’re proud to help get the word out about what is going on.

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Compelling photos out of Egypt

The protests in Egypt continue to get worse and worse.  I have been following it closely.  I must say my fellow bloggers on Tumblr have been doing such a fantastic job curating all the coverage on the events.  I have seen some amazing photos surfacing that I wanted to compile and share. Also, for more live coverage you can check here.

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