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Noor Group, Egypt's last Internet service provider, shuts down

January 31, 2011 |  7:06 pm

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Noor Group -- Egypt's single holdout in the Internet blackout that began Friday -- has suspended its service.

The Internet service provider, which hosts the Egyptian Stock Exchange's website, went dark this morning shortly before noon local time.

Renesys, an IT company in New Hampshire that helps Internet service providers monitor the security of Web networks and infrastructure, reported the Noor drop-off this morning on its blog.

The Egyptian government shut down nearly all access to the Internet within its borders Friday in an effort to stop the growing protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak has been in office for more than 30 years.

The move has been met with condemnation from human rights groups and Internet companies alike and on Friday President Barack Obama called on Mubarak and his government to turn Internet access back on, saying that access should be restored to social media websites, which have been used as tools to organize demonstrators throughout the protests.

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Photo: Egyptian demonstrators gather at dusk in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Jan. 31, 2011, on the seventh day of protests against longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

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