Internet News - In Brief

- Google has opened its first office in the region in Cairo, Egypt. The branch has been set-up in part to support and promote recently launched Arabic language versions of Google News, Gmail and Google Earth, in addition to helping the firm better serve in general its Arabic-speaking users, advertisers and partners both in Egypt and throughout the MENA region. According to the Madar research cited by Google, Internet use is growing rapidly in the MENA region, with 12.4 million users expected online in Egypt alone by the year 2010.

- In South Africa, the case between Internet Solutions (IS) and Verizon SA has been settled, following Verizon's return of more than 108 documents to the Dimension Data subsidiary. The value of the settlement was not disclosed.

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