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1:30 AM ET, June 16, 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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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
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
Discussion: GigaOM
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
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Microsoft Sues Three in Click-Fraud Scheme  —  AFTER an investigation that took more than a year, Microsoft has filed its first lawsuit over click fraud, where people manipulate clicks on a Web advertisement.  —  Microsoft filed the civil complaint on Monday in United States District Court …
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’
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Cateto blog, Techgeist and 9 to 5 Mac
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: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Social Networking Startup May Become Black Eye for High-Profile Valley Investors  —  When I was first introduced to San Francisco-based social networking startup Tagged.com, it was 2005 and the nascent company was limiting its service to pre-teen and teenage users.
Discussion: VenturaCountyStar.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook and The Washington Post: More Than Meets the Eye  —  The Washington Post has pushed out Facebook Connect integration, allowing readers to login to the site using their Facebook credentials as opposed to a WashingtonPost.com account.  —  On the surface, this is a really simple implementation …
Discussion: All Facebook and Business Wire
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
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.
Discussion: Google Watch and Between the Lines
Chris Mellor / The Register:
DataSlide reinvents hard drive  —  64 parallel read-write heads  —  Free whitepaper - Management strategy for network-critical physical infrastructure  —  UK-based data storage start-up DataSlide has announced potentially revolutionary hard drive technology, and a Partnership Network agreement …
Discussion: StorageMojo and PR Newswire
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
PageRank sculpting  —  People think about PageRank in lots of different ways.  People have compared PageRank to a “random surfer” model in which PageRank is the probability that a random surfer clicking on links lands on a page.  Other people think of the web as an link matrix in which the value at position …
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
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 …
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.
 
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Ginny Mies / PC World:
BlackBerry Tour 9630 Coming to Verizon and Sprint This Summer
Discussion: Tech Beat and Boy Genius Report
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
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Companies Stay Close to Home for Acquisitions
Discussion: FierceDeveloper
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
IP Address Alone Insufficient To Identify Pirate, Court Rules
Discussion: digg.com
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
Location, Location: It Still Pays to Be Near