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10:40 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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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 …
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.
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
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference  —  Jeff Bezos is very quotable.  Listeing to Steve Levy interview him at the Wired Disruptive by Design event in New York, I was furiously taking notes.  Here are the quotes I managed to capture:  —  “We've co-evolved with our tools …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Jeff Bezos: Kindle Books and Readers Are Separate Businesses
Discussion: TechFlash, TeleRead and Gearlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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.
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.
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac sales held up in May while iPod shipments fell  —  Apple last month saw Mac sales that were fairly inline with those achieved last year while sales of iPods were hit with double-digit declines, according to new retail data released Monday.  —  Macs in line
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
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune service and Xbox Live offline Tuesday
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