Weekend tech reading: How Egypt shut down the Internet

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How Egypt did (and your government could) shut down the Internet How hard is it, exactly, to kill the Internet? Egypt seems to have been able to do it. But Egypt's situation isn't exactly the same as that in the Western world. And even though Egypt only has four big ISPs, the fact that everything went down after midnight local time suggests that it took considerable effort to accomplish the 'Net shut-off. Ars Technica

China blocks 'Egypt' on Twitter-like site China has blocked the word "Egypt'' from the country's wildly popular Twitter-like service, while coverage of the political turmoil has been tightly restricted in state media. China's ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any potential source of social unrest. A search for "Egypt'' on the Sina microblogging service brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown.'' News.com.au

Swedish ISP will automatically encrypt all traffic to protect privacy under new data retention laws When Sweden first put in place its IPRED law, which required ISPs to hand over identifying info on people accused of file sharing, one of the first ISPs to respond was Banhof, who immediately put in place a new policy to delete all log files. Now that Sweden is pushing forward with a data retention law that would require ISPs to keep log files, Banhof has taken things up a notch by encrypting all traffic on their network via a VPN. Techdirt

Google Android Honeycomb ported to the NOOKcolor: Doesn't really work yet The good news is that the first version of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been ported to an existing Android tablet. Xda-developers forum member deeper-blue combined data from the preview SDK Google released this week with a kernel for the NOOKcolor eBook reader to get the software up and running on the tablet. liliputing

QuakeCon 2011 dates announced id Software's annual event of fragging and sharing pornography, QuakeCon, has been dated for 2011. QuakeCon 2011 will run from August 4 until August 7, 2011, id's fellow ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda Softworks has announced. QuakeCon will once again invite a horde of gamers to the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Shacknews

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