Wael Ghonim, Google's executive in Egypt and one of the leaders of the uprising, has been missing for a ten days. now Al Arabiya television says he's been set free.
Ten days ago, just as things were getting hot in Egypt, Wael Ghonim tweeted, "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25". That was the last communications heard from the Google (GOOG) executive.
Mr. Ghonim's social-media savvy helped spark the massive demonstrations threatening MuBarak's ruling regime.
The WSJ reports that Ghonim has seen this day coming for awhile:
"I said one year ago that the Internet will change the political scene in Egypt and some Friends made fun of me :)," Mr. Ghonim wrote on his personal Facebook profile for friends after two days of swelling protests in Cairo. The next day, Jan. 28, he disappeared.
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It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend.
On Friday, Rogers Communications (RCI) -- Canada's largest mobile carrier and the only one with a contract to sell Apple's (AAPL) iPhone north of that border -- announced the details of its voice and data plans. They struck some would-be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 29, 2008 6:29 AM ET
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