Tech News Today 168

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Episode 168

Tech News Today 168: Egypt Flips Off Internet

Google fears Microsoft, Will 3D really harm your kids, ZTE (who?) passes Apple in phone shipments, and more.


Top Stories

  • Amidst chaos and riots, Egypt turns off the Internet
    • The Internet's global routing table, which is used by Internet routers to determine where to send traffic, has had virtually every Egypt-bound route withdrawn, giving the Internet traffic no path either into or out of the country. Reported that 88 percent of the country's Internet access is gone. Messages circulating in Egypt pointed people towards unofficial DNS servers so they can get back online. Vodafone said mobile operators in Egypt had been instructed to suspend services in selected areas, internet access was blocked shortly after midnight and mobile phone, BlackBerry, and text messaging services also appeared to be disabled or working sporadically, Reuters reported.
  • Noor Group, a smaller provider, still appears to have external connectivity (possibly related to keeping the Egyptian Stock Exchange online)
  • The Syrian authorities have banned certain programmes that allows access to Facebook's Chat application.
  • Arbor networks graph of traffic in Egypt

Discussion Stories

  • Could 3D television be dangerous to watch?
    • "For a five or six-year-old child to go in and see an 82-minute movie once every month, I have to say there is not anybody legitimate in the medical profession who has suggested that we're jeopardising the health of our children," -Jeffery Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation
    • "The patients that we see [who would need treatment for this] would be a very, very tiny percentage and is a very low risk."-Karen Sparrow, education adviser at the Association of Optometrists.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"My mom came across this a few months ago because she lives w us in HI most of the year and we bought her a laptop to take back to OK w her. When she logged into face book on the new laptop from the strange location they asked her to pick out people based on their pics... My mom can barely see the screen with her glasses on on a good day and she plays farmville so most of her friends are other random farmville players or kids that I went to highschool with and I'm now 30... All that said to say that you have to get a certain percentage of those faces correct before it lets you into your account-it took her about six different times before she was able to successfully log in. Facebook should rethink this particular security feature. She lost crops!

Mrs. RJ Lewis"


"Hey TNT Crew,

I was listening to the TNT 164 story about Japan blocking Slingbox-like devices. One reason why this is such a big issue in Japan can be found in the decline of national anime consumption and the desire to increase revenue through a more substantial export [source]. This is however undermined by a vibrant fan-subbing community, which acquires RAW's (the original video footage) from Japan through something like a Slingbox and then subtitles anime series themselves. These ""fan-subs"" are very popular because licensing of anime for international sales has always been a tediously long process and the subsequent (English) dubs are often regarded as inferior. To combat the problem, Japanese animation studios are now trying to cut off these fan-subs at the source and internationally halting legal subtitled streaming until licensees there do the same [source]. As usual this only results in more people being driven to piracy, because they can't watch their series legally anymore.

Kind regards, Tom the Power System Engineer"

"First off love the show, but needed to keep you honest about something. When talking about Time Warner/Time Warner Cable you need to be specific now, since they are two separate companies now. Time Warner Cable was spun off from Time Warner the content company last year, and is now a publicly traded company.

Stephen Charlotte,NC"


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Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason
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