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10:30 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Down Time Rescheduled  —  A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter.  In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight.  However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Activists Launch Hack Attacks on Tehran Regime  —  While demonstrators gather in the streets to contest Iran's rigged election, online backers of the so-called “Green Revolution” are looking to strike back at the Tehran regime — by attacking the government's websites.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Web Users in Iran Reach Overseas for Proxies  —  As voting protests in Iran devolved into violence, and communications remained sporadic, Internet users in the country are calling for proxies they can use to stay online unmonitored.  Twitter, a hub of activity since the rallies began …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   FriendFeed Blocked In Iran, The Service's Most Active Region
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple iPhone 3GS Sold Out?  Nope!  —  Quick, how many blogs have you read since yesterday suggesting that pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 3GS [AAPL Loading...  () ] have been so robust, that they're already sold out?  Boy Genius Report had that news yesterday.
Discussion: tinyComb and IntoMobile
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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Apple Sees High Demand For iPhone 3G S
Discussion: Macsimum News
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple begins shipping first iPhone 3G S pre-orders
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Jeff Bezos: Kindle Books and Readers Are Separate Businesses  —  In the future, Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader will display more book formats beyond its own.  And you should also expect to see Kindle books on a lot more devices.  —  That was the clear implication of comments that Jeff Bezos …
Discussion: TechFlash, TeleRead and Gearlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: HuffPo Changes CEOs: Betsy Morgan Being Replaced By SoftBank's Eric Hippeau  —  The Huffington Post, which has achieved great popularity but is still looking for the profit to match, is getting its second CEO in as many years, paidContent has learned.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   New HuffPo CEO Hippeau: ‘Could Make It Profitable Today’
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Hunch: Your “Personal Decision Maker”  —  Hunch is not a “search engine” insists Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, one of the people behind the new site.  But you'll probably start seeing it show up in (Google) search results, just like Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finally Catches Up To MySpace In The U.S.  —  It's over.  Facebook is now as large as MySpace in the U.S., according to May data released today by comScore.  Facebook actually passed MySpace by a smidgeon, with 70.278 million unique visitors compared to MySpace's 70.255 million.
Reuters:
US senators ask FCC to review mobile handset deals  —  Several U.S. senators urged regulators on Monday to review exclusive arrangements regarding mobile handset technology between wireless carriers and cell phone makers and how they affect competition and choice in the marketplace.
Google Mobile Blog:
Search by voice and transit directions come to Google Maps on Android  —  Today we're releasing an upgrade to Google Maps for Android-powered phones.  We've added a whole host of new features and fixed a few issues with Google Latitude.  —  You can now search Google Maps for Android using your voice …
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
AT&T signals an abrupt end for prepaid iPhone plans  —  Update 4: I am working with an AT&T spokesperson to try to detangle the contradictory information discussed below.  No results as yet, but will update when that becomes possible.  —  I just spent the last half hour on the phone with AT&T, and I can't quite believe what I heard.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
David Chartier / Macworld:
AT&T: MMS ‘no extra cost’ for text bundle customers  —  Good news, everyone: it sounds like you can take a (brief) break from throwing darts at AT&T's logo and photos of its various executives.  Thanks to a new FAQ from the carrier that focuses on iPhone 3G S and some of iPhone OS 3.0's new features …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Is Said to Cancel Big Chip Project  —  Sun Microsystems may have dropped a bit of weight by the time Oracle officially acquires the company.  According to two people briefed on Sun's plans, the company has canceled its Rock chip project, putting an end to one of its biggest revitalization bets.
Discussion: Reuters and SiliconBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is QuickTime X The Missing Link For Flash On The iPhone?  —  Now this is interesting.  Apparently, the new version of Apple's video playing software, QuickTime X, will support the playback of .flv files in Snow Leopard.  Yes, Adobe Flash files.  —  The blog, Cateto blog dug …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google: The Data Center Is the Computer  —  As folks increasingly store and access information online, the data centers powering cloud services need to be managed more like a single computing entity rather than a bunch of servers, according to a Google white paper (Google calls it a mini-book) released today.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Tours the New Facebook HQ (and Gets Ripped): The Uncut Video!  —  Last week, in anticipation of Facebook's Press Open House tonight for its spanking new HQ in Palo Alto, Calif., BoomTown hightailed it down there for an early look-see at just what the social networking site is doing …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes A Breather  —  After experiencing torrid growth during the first months of the year, Twitter took a breather in May.  According to new comScore data released today, Twitter had 17.6 million U.S. visitors in May, which is only 3.5 percent increase from the 17 million U.S. visitors comScore registered in April.
Marco.org:
Trust, hostility, and the human side of Apple  —  An iPhone app developer's world is lonely.  We were legally prevented by NDA from forming any communities for many months after the SDK was launched, and even now, there are no significantly sized iPhone developer communities …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft to announce Azure business plan next month  —  Microsoft plans to announce next month more of the business details behind its Windows Azure operating system.  —  The software maker unveiled the cloud-based operating system at a developer conference last year.
Discussion: Network World
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Companies Stay Close to Home for Acquisitions  —  Tech companies buy their neighbors much more often than they acquire companies elsewhere, according to a study of tech acquisitions since 2002.  —  The conclusion isn't shocking.  There are a number of reasons why a buyer would be more familiar with companies based nearby.
Discussion: FierceDeveloper
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this Dell's Android smartphone ditty?  —  Mr. BlurryCam, meet Dell's first cellphone.  At least that's what the forum jockeys are claiming on Chinese site PDAFans.  We have no way to authenticate the claim but whatever we've got here is sporting a Dell logo on a Pre-esque handset running Android somewhere …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Coming in July: Month of Twitter Bugs  —  A well-known security researcher plans to use the month of July to expose serious vulnerabilities in the Twitter ecosystem.  —  The Month of Twitter Bugs, a project which launches on July 1, is the handiwork of Aviv Raff (left), a researcher known for his work on Web-based security issues.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple Java update fixes security hole  —  Apple on Monday released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 4 and Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 9, two updates that “deliver improved reliability, security and compatibility.”  Both are available through the Software Update system preference, or for download from Apple's Web site.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
‘Documents to Go’ Appears in App Store  —  The iPhone version of Documents to Go, the popular document editing application suite for mobile platforms from DataViz, has finally appeared in the App Store.  Documents to Go for the iPhone offers the ability to edit, create and view Microsoft Word documents …
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Use Their Work Free?  Some Artists Say No to Google  —  When Google representatives recently invited dozens of prominent artists to contribute work to be featured on its new Web browser, the company enthusiastically sold the idea as an opportunity to have artwork shown to millions.
 
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook and The Washington Post: More Than Meets the Eye
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune service and Xbox Live offline Tuesday
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Microsoft Blog
AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac sales held up in May while iPod shipments fell
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Turning the Masses Onto Mobile Broadband
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IP Address Alone Insufficient To Identify Pirate, Court Rules
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