More Middle East: Google Creates Twitter Hotline to Circumvent Shutdown, King of Jordan Dismisses Gov't

As tensions continued to rise on Tuesday with all signs pointing to President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, other countries and the world took notice.

King Abdullah II of Jordan has dismissed his government and appointed a new Prime Minister charged with implementing real democratic and economic reforms. This surprise move comes in response to protests in his own country by a cross section described by CNN as "Islamists, leftists and union members" demanding more significant changes.

Meanwhile, back in Egypt where the government shutdown of the internet remains in effect, eliminating the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for organizing protests, Google has created a hotline that will translate users' voicemails into tweets with the #egypt hashtag. Read Google's announcement here.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 1, 2011, 3:40am

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