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9:45 AM ET, June 16, 2009

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Opera Press Room:
Opera Unite reinvents the Web  —  Cloud computing and Web-based applications will never be the same  —  Opera today unveiled Opera Unite, a new technology that shakes up the old client-server computing model of the Web.  Opera Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server …
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Lawrence Eng / Opera Labs:
Taking the Web into our own hands, one computer at a time  —  My name is Lawrence Eng, and, as a product analyst for Opera Software, my job is to understand our users and what they need, so we can serve them better.  Today, I will share my thoughts on Opera Unite, a new Opera technology that I'm extremely excited about.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Opera's Web-Changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside Your Browser  —  In Oslo, the Tuesday workday is well underway, and that means that Opera Software has unveiled the revolutionary technology breakthrough it started touting last week.  The would-be breakthrough turns out to be called Opera Unite …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
That Reinvention Of The Web Thing Opera Was Talking About?  It's Called Opera Unite  —  We told you last week that browser maker Opera was generating quite some buzz by being secretive about their plans to ‘reinvent the web’.  Well, the company this morning unveiled what it was referring to …
Discussion: Alec Saunders SquawkBox, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Hans S. Tømmerholt / Dev Opera:
Opera Unite developer's primer
Discussion: The Register
Chris Mills / Dev Opera:   An introduction to Opera Unite
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 …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Web Users in Iran Reach Overseas for Proxies
Austin Heap:   How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens (for Windows!)
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.
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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 …
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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Using Enforcement to Crack Down on ‘Click Fraud’
Discussion: Softpedia News and PC World
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: PC World, TeleRead, TechFlash and Gearlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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.
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Keith / TheNextWeb.com:
First instance of a major advertising campaign using Facebook Vanity URLs
Thanks:atul
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 …
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Google Says: Yes, You Can Still Sculpt PageRank.  No You Can't Do It With Nofollow
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, Thanks:atul
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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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
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
AT&T signals an abrupt end for some prepaid iPhone plans (updated)  —  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 …
PC World:
Hands on With Samsung's Android Handset  —  Samsung Electronics gave the world a first look at its upcoming Galaxy handset, which runs Google's Android operating system, at the CommunicAsia exhibition in Singapore, where I had a chance to try it out.  —  Clad in a sleek black case with a 3.2-inch AMOLED …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Bing gets porn domain to filter out explicit images and videos  —  New domain set up to help companies, libraries keep explicit images out of search results  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. has added a separate domain to its Bing search service just for pornographic images and video.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Virtual Goods + Mobile Payments = Small Market Worth Fighting For?  —  The promise of “virtual goods” — pretend things you buy with real money in cyberspace — has lured entrepreneurs and venture capitalists for years.  Same goes for mobile payments — using your iPhone instead of your Amex to buy stuff.
Eric / Geek's Source For Technology News …:
Palm Pre How To Guide - Enable Tethering Over Bluetooth!  —  Credit goes to fish199902 for this one.  Basically, you setup an SSH tunnel to the Pre, which supports running as a SOCKS proxy.  You then configure your browser to point to this proxy and BAM, you're tethering away.
Dan Zarrella:
Psychological Profiling Via Twitter  —  This weekend I was playing with a bunch of different linguistic analysis methods to better understand ReTweets, and while I uncovered a ton of cool new data which I'll be sharing a little later this week, I also came upon an idea I think is pretty awesome …
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.
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.
 
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
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Apple could see margins at risk with new price cuts
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US PC makers in ‘stolen code’ row
Discussion: Engadget
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Social Networking Startup May Become Black Eye for High-Profile Valley Investors
Discussion: VenturaCountyStar.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Mellor / The Register:
DataSlide reinvents hard drive
Discussion: StorageMojo and PR Newswire
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune service and Xbox Live offline Tuesday
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Microsoft Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Tours the New Facebook HQ (and Gets Ripped): The Uncut Video!
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Neowin.net, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google: The Data Center Is the Computer
Discussion: Google Watch and Between the Lines
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes A Breather
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Sun Is Said to Cancel Big Chip Project
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