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Mubarak Freed; Start-Up Synagogue Drama

Plus Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet initiative, and more in the news

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Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak gestures as he is wheeled out of a courtroom following his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

• Ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison, and was flown to a military hospital in Cairo, where he will remain on house arrest. [Washington Post]

• “No one can deliver votes like a rebbe can,” at least in New York City, where the insular community has come to wield savvy political influence. [NYT]

• Remember the Palestinian IT researcher who found a Facebook bug that allows you to post on the walls of users you’re not friends with, reported it to Facebook, got ignored, then posted it directly to Mark Zuckerberg’s wall? The one Facebook then refused to pay, even though they promise to pay researchers at least $500 for reporting bugs? Supporters raised $11,000 for him in a few days. [The Verge]

• Meanwhile, Zuckerberg announced an new initiative to bring Internet access to four billion people in developing countries. [Daily Intelligencer]

• Hate Nazis, but love books? Geoffrey Rush’s The Book Thief is the flick for you. [Vulture]

• There’s drama on Long Island—and not the Princesses kind—as ‘start-up’ synagogues with low membership fees and free High Holiday tickets compete for congregants with established temples, which rely on yearly dues and holiday fees to stay open. [NY Jewish Week]

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Mubarak Freed; Start-Up Synagogue Drama

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