Headlines from around the world: 1-31-11

The Egyptian government ordered that all international Internet connections be shut down. It is unclear why the Egyptian government has chosen to exclude 80,000,000 people from the world wide web. So far it appears that fiber connections through the country have been unaffected.

Amazon Inc. continues to expand it’s retail influence, showing massive increases in sales over previous years. The November-December sales period showed a massive $32.6 Billion in revenue, with a growth of 12% over last year. This increase in revenue was reflected in the sales increase of 36%; far outclassing other online retailers.

Protests have spread through Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula this week, as thousands from Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen gather in the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the local governments. In Yemen, protesters gather to induce the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been accused of corruption.

The international standard of mass, a metal slug of platinum known as “La Grand K” has been losing weight over the last 122 years. The standard of measure for the kilogram is kept locked in a vault in Paris, but its time in the limelight may be limited. Scientists are currently working on finding a constant definition for the unit of mass in nature that would be more precise than a chunk of metal.

Investments appear to still bring in profits for the rich, as hedge-fund manger John Paulson brought in a record $5 Billion in investment profits for 2010. This record beats out the previous one-year record also held by Paulson, which was $4 Billion in 2007.

Miami residents were treated to a strange art exhibit last week, as Nicholas Harrington, 16, placed a burned-out baby grand piano on a sandbar in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The stunt was not a prank, Harrington says, but rather an attempt at art that may help his chances of being accepted at a prestigious art school.

New Yorkers aren’t getting any respite from the snow, as a storm dropped nearly a foot-and-a-half of new snow on Central Park by Thursday. This season is on track to become the snowiest winter on record, since 1869. New York hasn’t seen this kind of snow since the Civil War, according to Central Park records.

Jobless claims in the U.S. are falling slowly, showing that the economy is slowly improving. The recovery, which has now been in motion for 18-months according to the U.S. Department of Labor, continues to strengthen with dropping unemployment. The department cautions that it will take a long time to recover from the crash of 2007-09.

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