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Google, Twitter launch tweets from Egypt without net access

From CNET:

Designed specifically for those on the ground in Egypt unable to communicate via the Internet with the outside world, Speak to Tweet allows anyone with a voice connection to dial three international numbers and have their voice messages sent out as tweets with the #egypt hash tag added to those links. "We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time," wrote Ujjwal Singh, co-founder of SayNow and AbdelKarim Mardini, product manager, Middle East & North Africa at Google, in a blog post.

The numbers are +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855 and no Internet connection is required. There are already dozens of messages on the Twitter profile.

The only remaining Internet service provider in Egypt, The Noor Group, was taken offline Monday, according to reports.

Listen to voice tweets from Egypt

Noted: China has blocked the word "Egypt" from searches on Twitter-like microblogging sites, and appears to have deleted almost all comments posted under Chinese news reports on the Egyptian uprising. WSJ

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