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Raising tyrants in the name of Islam

“In China, they have blocked YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and no one is upset; life is good and everyone is happy. And they say we do not have freedom of speech in Egypt.” These were the enlightened words of Saad Al-Shater on his Facebook page, the son of Khairat El-Shater, vice of Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme …

Sara Abou Bakr

The Social Media Illusion

The demonstrations of August 24 did not turn out to be politically significant, especially after major political forces decided to abandon them. The demonstrations were controlled by individuals who possess no experience in mobilizing for collective action and lack credibility within Egyptian political life. However, these demonstrations brought to the scene two valuable lessons, first, …

Ziad A. Akl

Amazon, Apple, Twitter score low on clean energy: study

By Glenn Chapman / AFP SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon, Apple and Twitter were graded poorly Tuesday in a Greenpeace study of technology titans’ use of clean energy to power the mushrooming Internet cloud, but Facebook, Google and Yahoo! won praise. The environmental charity’s “How Clean is your Cloud?” report, billed as a rallying cry instead of …

DNE

New languages democratizing social media in the Middle East

By Nada Akl BEIRUT: On March 6 micro-blogging service Twitter announced the launch of its Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu versions. It all started with the grassroots #LetsTweetInArabic campaign by a handful of users who wanted Twitter to be available in more languages. While many communities are still disadvantaged when it comes to digital resources, translation …

DNE

Twitter adds Arabic and Hebrew home pages

By AFP SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday launched Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Urdu versions of its website, further localizing of the popular one-to-many text messaging service. Twitter users have long been able to fire off messages, referred to as “tweets,” in those languages but will now be able to visit Twitter.com home pages with local-language …

DNE

Twitter CEO says blocking policy over-distilled

DANA POINT, California: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sought to calm the global outrage over the company’s new country-by-country censorship policy, complaining in part that the issue is being treated with the same kind of shorthand that has made Twitter popular. Speaking at the All Things D conference on Monday, Costolo repeated the company’s justification for …

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