Back to pop-upsNews Corp. gets ready to launch its iPad-only publication, nearly the entire Internet is shut down in Egypt, and Gmail wants to interrupt you with a pop-up every time you get an e-mail or instant message.
It's Friday, January 28. I'm Natali Morris and it's to get load. Egypt is experiencing the biggest internet shutdown we have ever seen due to violent protest to President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian government started the twitter, but now nearly all ISPs have been blocked. Only financial sites were left untouched. This craft shows the precipitous drop off of traffic on Thursday. The Egyptian government has denied it role in this online disruption. News Corp is set to lunch its iPad on a newspaper called the Daily Next Week. Press invitations to the companies launch event were sent out yesterday. The event is next Wednesday in New York and it will feature News Corp CEO, Rupert Murdoch and Apple's Vice president of internet services, Eddy Cue, and you can bet CNET will be there to cover it. G-mail has a new feature that will give you pop ups on your desktop every time an e-mail or an instant message comes in. You have to be using Chrome, but if you are you can get a pop up when a new chat or e-mail arrives. You turn this on in your G-mail settings menu. I think it would drive me a little bunkers. Skype for Mac has an update that includes group video calling. The new word in the Skype for Mac is no long a beta and the group video calling feature is a premium package that cost 899 per month. There are a few other tweaks to the new version. You can find out more at skype.com. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Hulu is in the process of re-branding itself as the internet cable channel instead of being in place where you can watch free stuff. They wanna move a lot of their free content behind the pay wall with Hulu Plus and also start doing live programing. Executives Hulu at ABC, Fox, and NBC are not in total agreement of this plan yet. And it looks like the Macbook pro is set for a refresh. Mac Room supports that at Apple is letting current 15 and 17-inch models of the MacBook Pro run out. This is usually an indication that they are ready to restock with a new model. Stay tune for that. Linkedin is filing for an IPO on the US security and exchange commission. Linkedin is one of the few social networking sites that has been consistently profitable. The company had a profit of 10 million dollars in 2010, and the site has over 90 million registered users. If you are not one of them, Linkedin is like Facebook who are looking for jobs. That's you news of day and that wraps up you week of getting load. If you want more about any of your stories today visit CNET.com/loaded. I'll see you next week. I'm Natali Morris for CNET.com and you just been loaded.