News@10: Egyptian Economy Hit By Internet Cut-Off, Kindle Ebooks Outsell Paperbacks & PlayStation 3

The Egyptian stock exchange fell by more than 15 per cent in three days to 5638 after the government chose to turn off access to the internet. There is a weak correlation between the drop in the stock exchange index, the EGX30, and the fact that the overwhelming number of Egyptian internet users could no longer access the web within minutes.

Amazon sold more Kindle ebooks than paperbacks in the US during the last three months of 2010, the online retail giant has revealed. According to The Telegraph, figures released by Amazon refer to the US market only and the number of ebooks sold are related to those for the company's own Kindle e-reader device.

Sony’s latest PlayStation 3 firmware patch has been cracked within a matter of hours of being released, reports claim. Ars Technica reports that the software hack and instructions of how to get round the newly introduced security measures on the console have already been leaked online.

Search giant Google has started to test display ads on its Gmail service, it has been revealed. According to Search Engine Land's Greg Sterling, a display ad appeared on his Gmail account, indicating that Google's display ads program is being trialled on Gmail.

Manchester airport has introduced holographic customer service staff to help passengers with the security search process. The holograms, which are modelled after real-life airport staffers John Walsh and Julie Caper, will be deployed at Terminal 1. Airport authorities said the security holograms use the same technology that is used to bring animated music group Gorillaz to life for stage shows.

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