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Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak forced carrier to send prescripted, propagandistic text messages during recent unrest, Vodafone says.
Online hacktivist group blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the Internet blackout blanketing the country and vows retaliation.
After a five-day shutdown and a pledge that President Hosni Mubarak won't seek re-election, Egyptians now can use Internet services again.
Following widespread street protests, a country of more than 80 million people found itself almost entirely disconnected from the rest of the world for five days.
The social network points to the Osama bin Laden raid and the "pro-democracy movement in Egypt" as some of the top stories that impacted Twitter this year.
The banking giant's investment is expected to value the microblogging site at $4.5 billion, according to published reports.
It was a full day ago that Egypt's network links to the rest of the world began to die, and a televised address from the country's president indicates that no end is in sight.
The company says that pop singer Rebecca Black has been the most popular pop-culture topic so far this year. Swine flu was tops for world events.
In a stunning development unprecedented in the modern history of the Internet, a country of more than 80 million people finds itself almost entirely disconnected from the rest of the world.
The World Wide Web is a smashing technological success. But the man who invented it wants it to break down more cultural barriers, thwart government snooping, and let the Web run applications not just house documents.