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10:55 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.
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
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 …
Chris Mills / Dev Opera:   An introduction to Opera Unite
Bill Ray / The Register:
Opera to take web back to the old days
Discussion: Slashdot
Hans S. Tømmerholt / Dev Opera:
Opera Unite developer's primer
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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
Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Tour Smartphone  —  New 3G World Phone Keeps You Connected on High-Speed CDMA Networks in North America and UMTS/HSPA Networks Abroad  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Tour™ …
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Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:   RIM aims to cross categories with BlackBerry Tour
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Tour to Compete With Apple's IPhone, Palm's Pre
Discussion: mocoNews
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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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Suit Targets ‘Click Fraud’
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 …
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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.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Here come the mobile payment wars
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
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Dasient: Ex-Googler's Launch Website Security as a Service  —  Ever come across a Google search result that has the words ‘this site can harm your computer’ below a link?  What about the Firefox red screen of death?  If you're a Web surfer, chances are you've likely avoided clicking on this type of link.
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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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
I Have a Hunch That Hunch Might Not Be For Me  —  Hunch launched today.
Discussion: Hunch Blog and Technologizer
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Why Oracle Wants Solaris  —  With its future apparently secure, the benefits of Sun's operating system become compelling.  —  Oracle praised the Solaris operating system when it agreed to acquire its creator, Sun Microsystems, but the actual beauty of this fine piece of engineering was left unexplained.
John Oates / The Register:
Pirate Bay launches encrypted private network  —  Delayed service fires broadside at Hollywood  —  Free whitepaper - Virtualization: optimized power and cooling to maximize benefits  —  The Pirate Bay has opened beta testing on its encrypted virtual private network which it reckons …
Discussion: last100 and TeleRead
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Weird Al takes on Craigslist with The Doors  —  Geek humor abounds.  —  Parody singer “Weird Al” Yankovic poked fun at Segway riders three years ago with his rap song “White and Nerdy.”  —  His latest single “Craigslist” skewers the people who can be found swapping wares and scoring dates on the classifieds ads site.
Discussion: Mashable! and Boing Boing
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How The Recording Industry Changes Its Own Story  —  We've already discussed how silly the Performance Rights Act is — and how it's basically an attempt by the record labels to get their own bailout courtesy of radio stations.  There are all sorts of problems with it, and Jess Walker does …
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple could see margins at risk with new price cuts  —  Lower prices for Mac laptops and the 3G iPhone could hit profitability  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - It's no secret that products for Apple Inc. have historically come with higher price tags than those of its rivals …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Edible Apple
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.
 
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US PC makers in ‘stolen code’ row
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Social Networking Startup May Become Black Eye for High-Profile Valley Investors
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