Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Egypt the Day After Mubarak Quits - Live
David Batty, The Guardian | Egypt the Day After Mubarak Quits - Live | February 12, 2011

Egypt is beginning a new political era after mass protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to stand down following 30 years in power. Follow live updates...

Mubarak Refuses To Step Down
Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times | Mubarak Refuses To Step Down | February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to hail his departure from the political scene...

Egypt Remembers
1000 Memories | Egypt Remembers | February 10, 2011
Protesters in Egypt Regain Initiative as Workers Strike
Kareen Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times | Protesters in Egypt Regain Initiative as Workers Strike | February 10, 2011

Labor strikes and worker protests that flared across Egypt on Wednesday affected post offices, textile factories and even the government’s flagship newspaper, providing a burst of momentum to protesters demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, even as his government pushed back with greater force against the opponents’ demands...

Photos: Three Weeks In Egypt
Alan Taylor, The Atlantic | Three Weeks In Egypt | February 10, 2011

Three Weeks in Egypt: 48 photos.

Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care
Denise Grady, The New York Times | Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Cure | February 10, 2011



A new study finds that many women with early breast cancer do not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal of cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit. The discovery turns standard medical practice on its head. Surgeons have been removing lymph nodes from under the arms of breast cancer patients for 100 years, believing it would prolong women’s lives by keeping the cancer from spreading or coming back...

Mapping Your Life: Embedded Data in Photos Could Tip Off Criminals
Mindy Campbell, IMCOM | Mapping Your Life | February 8, 2011

When a Schweinfurt field artillery officer deployed to Iraq a year ago, he uploaded some photos and videos to several different social media sites. In one instance, the videos and photos showed the officer preparing for a mission where his unit was transporting thousands of Iraqi dinar, which is the country's currency. For many people, posting a photo of one's daily activities may seem like a pretty common thing to do in the world of Facebook, Flickr and with the use of smart phones. However, not everyone sees it that way, said Tonya Heinbaugh, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg security officer. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, websites and instant messages...

The Beer Industry's Mad Inventor
Darren Dahl, Open Forum | The Beer Industry's Mad Inventor | February 7, 2011

Josh Springer doesn’t have much free time these days. He starts his workdays at 5:00 a.m. and he usually doesn’t stop working until 11:00 p.m. Like many founders of startup businesses, Springer – who founded a company called GrinOn Industries in 2009 – wishes there were more hours in a day just so he could keep up with everything he needs to do. A big reason Springer, 28, feels overwhelmed these days is because of a YouTube video that shows his invention: the BottomsUp beer dispenser and beer cup...

Prizing Status Quo, Mubarak Resists Pressure
Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times | Mubarak Resists | February 7, 2011

He walks several yards to his office from his living quarters at the presidential palace every day, dressed in his trademark black business suit and tie. On Saturday, he conducted a meeting of his new government’s economic team. And on Sunday, he received an envoy from Oman, who delivered a letter from the sultan. Egyptian, Arab and Western officials who have dealt with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt say that for the past week, he has veered between anger, a sense of betrayal and stoicism. Known for a fierce conservatism that prizes stability above all else, Mr. Mubarak has reacted to the calls for his resignation — some from Western officials who he thought were, if not friends, at least allies — with his usual change-resistant manner. One Arab official called it “his reflex adherence to the status quo.”...

Cairo Protests Make Chinese Censors Nervous
Reshma Patil, Hindustan Times | Cairo Protests Make Chinese Censors Nervous | February 4, 2011

The online censors stepped in when comparisons between Cairo's Tahrir Square and Tiananmen Square began spreading on popular Chinese microblogs. This week, a search typed in the Chinese characters for Egypt was blocked on China's microblogging service Sina Weibo, which has over 50 million users. A search for Egypt leads to a terse statement: according to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown'. Asked about the online censorship at a media briefing on Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei replied in one sentence: "The Chinese Internet is open."...