A day after Twitter was blocked by the Egyptian government, Facebook is reportedly inaccessible on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Twitter has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan 25, that its site was blocked by authorities due to anti-government unrest in Egypt, where thousands of demonstrators are protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Two reports from Herdict.org, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, showed that www.facebook.com was not accessible in Egypt.
Thousands of demonstrators are seeking the ouster of President Mubarak.
Starting April 4, 2011, Google co-founder Eric Schmidt will step down as CEO and will now assume the position as Executive Chairman of the company, as announced by Google in its year-end earnings report. Google co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO from Schmidt.
Day-to-day operations will now be handled by Larry Page as CEO, co-founder Sergey Brin will be helping in strategic projects that will work on new products.
As Executive Chairman, Schmidt will now handle external functions such as getting new deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership.
Below is part of the official announcement of Google that Eric Schmidt will be replaced by Larry Page as Google CEO.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – January 20, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
“Q4 marked a terrific end to a stellar year,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. “Our strong performance has been driven by a rapidly growing digital economy, continuous product innovation that benefits both users and advertisers, and by the extraordinary momentum of our newer businesses, such as display and mobile. These results give us the optimism and confidence to invest heavily in future growth — investments that will benefit our users, Google and the wider web.”
In addition, Google has also announced plans to streamline decision making and create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.
* Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google’s day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
* Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder, will devote his energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.
* Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership–all of which are increasingly important given Google’s global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.
Commenting on these changes, Eric said: “We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come.”
Larry said: “Eric has clearly done an outstanding job leading Google for the last decade. The results speak for themselves. There is no other CEO in the world that could have kept such headstrong founders so deeply involved and still run the business so brilliantly. Eric is a tremendous leader and I have learned innumerable lessons from him. His advice and efforts will be invaluable to me as I start in this new role. Google still has such incredible opportunity–we are only at the beginning and I can’t wait to get started.”
Is Facebook shutting down? This rumor went viral that the worlds most famous social networking site, Facebook, is closing down on March 15, 2011. The Facebook closure issue spread like wild fire on social networking sites.
The Facebook issue that it will end its service in mid-March has been trending in Google Trends and Twitter. The issue persists that Facebook will be closing down completely and will not be undergoing maintenance.
Others are asking if the Facebook close down issue has any relation to the Yahoo announcement last month that it will be closing down its “Yahoo Video” on the same date, March 15, 2011. According to Yahoo, videos can still be viewed until March 14, 2011.
No one can confirm if the opinion article published on CNN that says that the recent Goldman Sachs investment was the “beginning of the end” for Facebook, has anything to do with the rumor that circulated. The CNN article went viral with more than 5,000 Facebook ‘Likes.’
According to experts, a site like Facebook, with more than 500 million users and a $500 millon investment from Goldman Sachs will not be shutting down that easily.
Tumblr site si down for several hours now. When you try to access their website at http://tumblr.com you will get the following messsage:
We’ll be back shortly.
The long downtime of the
We’re working quickly to recover from an issue in one of our database clusters. We’re incredibly sorry for the inconvenience.
The long downtime has created speculations to website users that Tumblr may have been hacked or it may have been a victim of a virus attacked.
SYDNEY, Australia – American Ashley Kerekes, Twitter user behind @theashes, became an instant hit when she complained last Saturday, November 27, 2010 after her account was bombarded by messages about cricket, according to international news sites.The lady was so upset to receive a lot of tweets from a topic she doesn’t know. She even asked other twitter users about a wicket. Kerekas admitted that she is not even sure of who to support between Australia and England. She previously tweets only about knitting and updates on the “Glee” TV show.
On Monday, November 29, 2010 @theashes was offering a self-designed T-shirt worth $19.90 at www.spreadshirt.com, using her famous tweet “I am not a freaking cricket match!!” aiming to share the income to #gettheashestotheashes.
Kerekas tweeted, “I hope no one is offended by me making T-shirts.” The lady added that she might “probably make two cents a shirt” but she is “not trying to get rich, just have fun.”
Due to her instant popularity, the lady from Massachusetts was even offered a free flight by Qantas Airways from New York to Australia and sell her T-Shirts there.
The 22-year old Kerekas had about 300 followers before the Australia-England match, but in the morning of Monday her followers increased to 6,100. Her boyfriend was the one who started calling her “the ashes.” She registered the Twitter name @theashes in 2007.
Here are some of @theashes famous tweets:
- “I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!!”
- “what the hell is a wicket?”
- “This is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, it’s incredibly annoying and rude”