Weekend tech reading: Libya cuts Internet amid protests

By on February 20, 2011, 2:51 PM
Libya turns off the Internet and the Massacres begin First, Libya blocked news sites and Facebook. Then, beginning Friday night, according to Arbor Networks, a network security and Internet monitoring company, announced that Libya had cut itself off from the Internet. Hours later the Libyan dictator’s solders started slaughtering protesters. As of Sunday afternoon, U.S. Eastern time the death toll was above 200 in the city of Benghazi alone. ZDNet

Microsoft downplays threat of new Windows zero-day Microsoft yesterday downplayed the threat posed to Windows users by a recently-revealed vulnerability, saying that it was unlikely the bug could be exploited to compromise a computer. The flaw in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) network and file-sharing protocol was disclosed Monday... Computerworld

U.S. House votes to allow cable providers to throttle Internet House Republicans have managed to pull off a high profile rejection of a key tech-related component of the Obama administration's initiatives. In control of the House for the first time in four years, Republicans have voted to overturn so-called "net neutrality" rules proposed earlier this year by the Obama administration. DailyTech

Intel to invest more than $5 billion to build new factory in Arizona Intel today announced plans to invest more than $5 billion to build a new chip manufacturing facility at its site in Chandler, Ariz. The announcement was made by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini during a visit by President Barack Obama at an Intel facility in Hillsboro, Ore. Intel

Goodbye, HD component video: Hollywood hastens the 'analog sunset' Listen—do you hear that creaking sound? Don't be too alarmed. It's only the coffin lid slowly closing on your ability to get high-definition video via the analog component-video connections on your Blu-ray player. Consumer Reports

Researchers aim to 'print' human skin Researchers are developing a specialized skin "printing" system that could be used in the future to treat soldiers wounded on the battlefield. Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine were inspired by standard inkjet printers found in many home offices. CNN

Feature cut from Windows Home Server to return via add-in One of the crowning features of Windows Home Server, which Microsoft announced it was cutting as part of the next major version of the OS, is set to return with the help of some third-party software makers. CNET

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