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Egypt Shuts Down the Last ISP Standing, Noor

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What happens now?

Last week the Egyptian government ordered all ISPs to switch off. Services providers were told to shut down all international connections to the Web, but one ISP, Noor, remained online. At the time, there was speculation as to why this might be and one seemingly plausible conclusion was that Egypt wanted to keep the stock exchange, which was hosted at a Noor address, online.

Whatever the reason, it seems Noor has been told to go offline too. Reports say Noor ‘went dark’ at around noon local time and Renesys says the ISP is no longer available from outside Egypt. TechCrunch cites Twitter users who say the shut down is happening in stages but there has yet to be any comment from Noor itself.

Though Noor was the last ISP left standing in Egypt, some hope arrived this morning in the form of a new Google service that allows people to phone in tweets. Google worked with a team of engineers from Twitter and SayNow, a company it acquired last week, to allow people from inside Egypt to leave their tweets by voicemail on one of three international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855). You can follow the stream of information coming out of Egypt by visiting  twitter.com/speak2tweet or calling the numbers above.

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    truehighroller , February 2, 2011 7:12 AM
    Governments are getting way to sloppy with their corruptness and this is the end result.

    Makes you wonder when our people will start standing up for them selves as well, here in America.
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    subairijas , February 2, 2011 7:14 AM
    sad

    they block propagation
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    Scanlia , February 2, 2011 7:19 AM
    The only sites you can visit now... is Government Propaganda Sites... how exciting!
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    alidan , February 2, 2011 7:32 AM
    truehighrollerGovernments are getting way to sloppy with their corruptness and this is the end result. Makes you wonder when our people will start standing up for them selves as well, here in America.


    well, lets say this. im willing to protest ANYTHING the goverment does, but that gets nowhere, and what i want to protest, such as tax corruption (any tax that is taken for any reason but to raise funds is a corruption, you know you get a tax break for being married? corruption. you get higher taxes for vices such as gambling winnings, smoking, drinking. corruption)

    but who will protest with me? and even than, the only way we would get change is through violence. who is willing to risk their lives? we aren't so beaten down yet that ANYTHING is better than what we have.
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    dioxholster , February 2, 2011 8:18 AM
    no its all back!
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    Hupiscratch , February 2, 2011 8:40 AM
    Information IS power, and that´s how people cained the power to take down Mubarak.
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    dimar , February 2, 2011 10:18 AM
    :cry:  Now who's going to protest in Canada for the 60GB/month cap that Bell put on us all?????????????????????????? :ange: 
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    reghir , February 2, 2011 10:22 AM
    2 Hrs ago 4am CST the internet was alive and well in Egypt again
    http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/02/internet-returns-to-egypt/
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    reghir , February 2, 2011 10:22 AM
    2 Hrs ago 4am CST the internet was alive and well in Egypt again
    http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/02/internet-returns-to-egypt/
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    ZaKa , February 2, 2011 10:51 AM
    dimarNow who's going to protest in Canada for the 60GB/month cap that Bell put on us all??????????????????????????


    http://openmedia.ca/meter The protest has already begun!
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    Trueno07 , February 2, 2011 11:40 AM
    Give 'em hell Egyptians.
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    p3t3or , February 2, 2011 12:43 PM
    Man I love Google.
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    tipoo , February 2, 2011 12:48 PM
    Good grief Toms is slow with news. They just re-opened all ISP's.
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    endif , February 2, 2011 12:50 PM
    alidanwell, lets say this. im willing to protest ANYTHING the goverment does, but that gets nowhere, and what i want to protest, such as tax corruption (any tax that is taken for any reason but to raise funds is a corruption, you know you get a tax break for being married? corruption. you get higher taxes for vices such as gambling winnings, smoking, drinking. corruption)but who will protest with me? and even than, the only way we would get change is through violence. who is willing to risk their lives? we aren't so beaten down yet that ANYTHING is better than what we have.



    Your retarded your know this right? The government SHOULD be taxing cigarettes, gambling, and drinking. The government SHOULD give take breaks to married couples that aren't hopping around from person to person having a kid with everyone they sleep with. Its OUR tax money that has to pay for these kids who's parents cant support them because their parents are working off of separate incomes and one of those incomes has to support 6 kids.

    You sir need to be shot.
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    akula2 , February 2, 2011 1:04 PM
    Why to get entangled in relationships? Most amazingly, in such situations, why to have 6 kids? They are doing more harm than good - cramming up this planet!
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    TeKEffect , February 2, 2011 1:43 PM
    endifYour retarded your know this right? The government SHOULD be taxing cigarettes, gambling, and drinking. The government SHOULD give take breaks to married couples that aren't hopping around from person to person having a kid with everyone they sleep with. Its OUR tax money that has to pay for these kids who's parents cant support them because their parents are working off of separate incomes and one of those incomes has to support 6 kids. You sir need to be shot.


    Hey buddy you realize they give tax breaks and wellfare and state medical insurance for those kids. They encourage all those kids with taxes, well a lack of taxes that is. And as for for marriage more than half end in divorce.
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    bobiseverywhere , February 2, 2011 1:47 PM
    Social upheaval for good reasons will always be such an awe inspiring site.
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    edilee , February 2, 2011 10:01 PM
    Ok two stories here on Tom's today...this one about all internet being turned off and the other is about how Egyptian internet is back on. Which is it Tom's off or on? Because they are totally opposite of eachother.
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    koss64 , February 3, 2011 1:11 AM
    The Government was too slow in turning the net off, they sould have done it from day one when it was realized that twitter and facebook were being used by the rioters to organize. For a Government insurection to be organized and propagated on something like twitter is indicative of the laziness of this generation, what happened to clandestine meetings and secret greetings in crowded areas to pass messages?

    Organizing public insurrection on social networks is the easiest way for a Government to crack down on it, theyre lucky that this regime actually cares about what people think about it or else the death toll casued by the army disposing of all these people placing themselves in barrels waiting to be shot would be outright ghastly.
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    dEAne , February 3, 2011 7:45 AM
    Is this something like religious thing?
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