Egypt Shutting Down Cell Phone Networks

But Google's helping people get around Internet blocks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 1:19 AM CST
A man takes pictures with his cell phone on Tahrir, or Liberation Square, in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Newser) – Egypt is again targeting communication networks ahead of a million-man protest planned today. Mobile phone networks will be shut down over the next few hours, CNN reports. Google has announced on its official blog that it has set up a "speak-to-tweet" service to help Egyptians get around Internet blocks. Voicemail messages left at an international phone number will be instantly uploaded.

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