Last week we noted, with a growing sense of disquiet, how China was busying itself with locking out VPN access within its borders and, seemingly, preventing people from using their Gmail accounts. Google has now given a public voice to those concerns, noting that “there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.” Other Google tools, like the Person Finder for Japanese tsunami survivors, have also exhibited intermittent issues. China’s goal in these attacks is reportedly to stifle online revolutionary chatter inspired by Egypt’s successful democratic revolt, though the nation’s said to be taking a more clandestine approach than previously by making its alleged sabotage appear like a software problem instead. Guess it’s time to prepare ourselves for another battle of wits between these two.
Google and China clash again, this time over Gmail access originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Mar 2011 05:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you thought Verizon Wireless and Alltel’s marriage underwent a good bit of scrutiny, you’ll soon be swearing that Vimpelcom and Wind Mobile are on some sort of global watch list. The Amsterdam-based Vimpelcom has taken a giant leap towards the completion of a $6 billion merger with Wind Telecom, the latter of which has around 117 million subscribers spread across Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, North Korea and Canada. If and when the two link hands, the combined effort will be home to a staggering 173 million customers, creating the fifth largest mobile operator by subscriber count. Wind Mobile’s head honcho seems more than enthused about the news, and he’s hoping that the tie-up will allow prices to sink for just about everyone involved. Claiming feats such as “more access to international cooperation for roaming and long distance services” and the ability to utilize “more leverage and increased scale” to drive down prices, Anthony Lacavera isn’t showing any public signs of worry when it comes to regulatory hurdles. In months past, the CRTC took issue with Globalive Wireless — operator of Wind Mobile — starting up in Canada, primarily due to the company’s largest lender (Orascom) residing outside of the Great White North. As of now, things seem to be sailing right along, but you can bet this marriage won’t be formally recognized before a borderline-obnoxious amount of investigating goes down behind the scenes.
Vimpelcom moves forward with $6 billion Wind Mobile merger, intends to hurdle regulatory snags originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Good news for the people of Egypt: internet connectivity has been almost universally restored. Bad news for the people of Egypt: they’ll need at least a few weeks to catch up on all the Twitter mentions they’ve accumulated while being away.
Egypt comes back online, has a ton of unread feeds to catch up on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Feb 2011 08:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Google’s announced on its official blog a small project they’ve quickly cobbled together to help Egyptians (who –in the midst of protests — are having serious connectivity issues) communicate via Twitter. With almost no connection to the internet through normal channels, Google has made it possible for anyone to send a Tweet simply by dialing one of several international phone numbers (+16504194196, +390662207294 or +97316199855) and leaving a voicemail. What happens next? The service Tweets the message using the hashtag #egypt via the Speak to Tweet account.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Google, SayNow, and Twitter team up to make Tweeting from Egypt possible via voicemail originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.