Egyptian anti-government demonstrators crowd Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011 on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. (Credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Wael Ghonim, the 30 year-old Google executive who’s become one of the heroes of the revolution in Egypt,  posted this on his Twitter page today: “Guys, dont do much speculations for now. Just wait and see.”

Easy for him to say?  CNN is quoting a series of Egyptian top brass saying President Hosni Mubarak is not leaving. He’s expected to address the nation later today.

Sherif Hamdy in Oakland is cautiously optimistic. He’s off work (doing content review for YouTube) today, watching BBC Arabic.

Hamdy doesn’t like what he sees as the emerging narrative today.  Pundits are saying things like “The military is a good solution to restore order.”  That doesn’t make sense to Hamdy. “The people in the streets are calling for democracy. The military is not an independent entity. Everybody who’s come before in the government was in some way part of the military establishment.” Even Mubarak for the next six months would be preferable to Hamdy, presuming that leads to a civilian transition.

His relatives in Egypt live mostly in the suburbs around Cairo. He’s been using Skype to stay in touch with relatives, but notes cell phone service hasn’t been too bad the past three or four days.

Got family in Egypt? Tell us about it! We found Hamdy through the Public Insight Network.

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED's South Bay arts reporter, covering arts and culture in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She also guest hosts for  The California Report and Forum, files stories for NPR and hosts a podcast called Love in the Digital Age. Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED. She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the past 20 years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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