They are the common, proletarian tools of communication and now the crucial gears in budding revolutions: social networks, SMS, mobile phones. This week was filled with photos and stories about protests in Egypt, but it was Curt Hopkins' post about the Internet being blocked throughout the country that drew the most attention from readers. What would be an inconvenience for those of us in North America was a critical moment in a civil uprising that appears to be spreading across the Middle East and North Africa.

In location news, open-source geocoding came to Ushahidi. One of the top mobile stories was about the apparently unquashable "Facebook Phone" rumor. And don't miss our summation of the top Internet of Things stories. Read on for more.

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