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Do you tweet? If you’re regularly on Twitter, you may have already heard about world renown fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s huge faux pas this week. The world has watched as dramatic events have unfolded in Egypt. Citizens rioting against government officials erupted in violence in the city’s square, wreaking havoc on the city and each other. Several people were killed and hundreds of others wounded. Despite the tragedy and despair felt by all following the events, Kenneth Cole somehow found enough humor in the situation to tweet this callous comment:

"Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo."

Of course the world was in an uproar after reading Cole’s comment. Immediately trying to repair the damage, he issued this apology:

"I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insensitive tweet about the situation in Egypt. I've dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues, and in hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate."

Kenneth Cole Online
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Anti-government rebels haven’t only targeted Egypt’s square and denizens, but Egyptian websites are also under attack. Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak’s website was attacked as well as several other members of the Egyptian ruling party. A group fighting against internet censorship (among other things) working under the name Anonymous have accepted the blame for the online assaults.

Anonymous


Also in technology news this week, PC World reveals that they have figured out a possible fix for random freezing in Windows 7. Although Microsoft claims that they are working on a patch for the annoying error, you can try this repair in the interim.

Windows 7 Freeze Fix


Want to order an iPhone online? Well, for now you’ll have to wait. After accepting online orders for the phone on the 3rd, Verizon announced that they’ll have to halt online sales for about a week. They claim that more phones were sold on Thursday than they anticipated – they sold more in 2 hours that day than during an entire day for prior releases.

iPhone 4


Have you ever heard the term cyber-war? It isn’t a well known term, but it may be soon. For the first time in history, the annual security conference in Munich will discuss the real threat that cyber-war poses to the world. If you are unfamiliar with the annual security conference, it is a yearly meeting of world leaders to have intensive discussions regarding current and potential security challenges. This week’s meeting will include talks about hackers, internet security, and the computer worm Stuxnet.

Munich Security Conference

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