links for 2011-02-09

  • In a tearful, riveting live television interview only two hours after his release from an Egyptian prison, the Google executive Wael Ghonim acknowledged that he was one of the people behind the anonymous Facebook and YouTube campaigns that helped galvanise the protest that has shaken Egypt for the past two weeks.
  • Australia’s online Catch Up TV services are a hotch potch mess. There’s no one central portal for finding everything you want, despite the promises of the Freeview consortium. Each of the five major networks has its own online TV offering. Unfortunately the services vary from the awesome to the dismal.
  • A controversial London-based law firm that sent tens of thousands of letters demanding payment from people it accused of illegal file sharing has dramatically quit its copyright litigations, claiming death threats are causing "immense hassle" to the lead solicitor's family.
  • The story of how Angry Birds was created and became the sensation it is today.
  • In the estimation of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands alongside the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.
  • Australians are consuming so much video and internet on their smartphones that mobile data usage is forecast to grow 32-fold from 2010 to 2015, according to the world's largest provider of network equipment, Cisco Systems.
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