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4:40 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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New York Times:
Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online  —  As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians …
Austin Heap:   How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens (for Windows!)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   FriendFeed Blocked In Iran, The Service's Most Active Region
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.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
I Have a Hunch That Hunch Might Not Be For Me  —  Hunch launched today.  For those of you who missed it it's the latest Web 2.0ish venture founded by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake.  With a pedigree like that it's got to be good no?  —  I tried it out but didn't get very far.
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: TeleRead, TechFlash and Gearlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference
Discussion: TechFlash and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US PC makers in ‘stolen code’ row  —  A California company is considering legal action to prevent computers being shipped to China with what it says is stolen internet blocking software.  —  Solid Oak said it found pieces of its CyberSitter programme in China's Green Dam Youth Escort screening software.
Discussion: Engadget
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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
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
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.
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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Apple Sees High Demand For iPhone 3G S
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 …
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’
Discussion: Gawker
Ginny Mies / PC World:
BlackBerry Tour 9630 Coming to Verizon and Sprint This Summer  —  Rumors have been swirling around the blogosphere for months, but now it's official: The latest RIM BlackBerry device, the Tour 9630, is headed to Verizon and Sprint as well as Bell and TELUS in Canada this summer.
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, Neowin.net and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony lawyer: $150K damages per song “certainly” appropriate  —  How much cash do the record labels deserve for Jammie Thomas-Rasset's alleged copyright infringement?  Defense lawyer Kiwi Camara pressed Sony Entertainment's Gary Leak on that point today, trying to force him to pick a number.
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 …
 
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
DataSlide reinvents hard drive
Discussion: StorageMojo and PR Newswire
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook and The Washington Post: More Than Meets the Eye
Discussion: Business Wire and All Facebook
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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google: The Data Center Is the Computer
Discussion: Google Watch and Between the Lines
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes A Breather
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to announce Azure business plan next month
Discussion: Network World
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
IP Address Alone Insufficient To Identify Pirate, Court Rules
Discussion: digg.com
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Is Said to Cancel Big Chip Project
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Reuters
 

 
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