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2:10 PM 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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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 …
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:   Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks)
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Opera's Web-Changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside Your Browser
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 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 to find novel ways around the restrictions.
Elise Labott / CNN:
State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming  —  CNN State Department Producer  —  The halls of Foggy Bottom are ringing with the Tweets coming with Iran and the State Department is working to ensure they keep coming.  —  Senior officials say the State Department is working …
Eyder Peralta / NPR Blogs:
Iran's Struggle For Free Expression On Twitter
Discussion: Technology Live
BBC:
Report lays out UK digital future  —  Every Briton with a fixed-line phone will pay a “small levy” of 50p per month to pay for faster net access.  —  The national fund created by the levy will be used to ensure most Britons get access to future net technologies.
Discussion: Guardian
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Gordon Brown / Times of London:
The internet is as vital as water and gas
Discussion: the billblog and Music Ally
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digital Britain Report Promises Universal Broadband Access …
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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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Tour to Compete With Apple's IPhone, Palm's Pre
Discussion: mocoNews
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's Online Office:
Kerry, Wicker, Dorgan, Klobuchar Call for Increased Choice for Wireless Consumers  —  CONTACT: DC Press Office, 202-224-4159  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, along with Senators Roger Wicker …
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Dolores M Bernal / NEWS JUNKIE:
Cell Phone Execs Will Face Questions On Text Messaging Price Hikes
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senators Question iPhone Type Deals with Carriers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace slashes head count by 30 percent  —  Amid economic woes, stagnant growth, and a management shakeup, onetime social-networking pioneer MySpace has announced that it has cut its head count by slightly under 30 percent in what the company calls a “return to start-up culture.”
Cui Jia / CHINAdaily:
Green Dam filter software ‘not compulsory’  —  The authorities are only requiring PC makers to include the porn-filtering software, the Green Dam-Youth Escort program, in their products and not making it mandatory for consumers to use the filter, officials said Monday.
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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, T3.com News and TeleRead
Wall Street Journal:
How Are You?  No, How Are You Really?  —  I recently met an acquaintance from college, Chris Costello, whom I hadn't seen in 17 years.  We weren't that close in college, but we kept up sporadically through e-mail.  In more recent years, we updated each other on our lives through Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program  —  With a new version of Mac OS X on the way, some people might be put off buying a new Mac because they want access to the latest OS as soon as it's out.  Fear not, Apple has just released details of its “Up-to-Date” program.  —  Here's the meat:
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.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The now official Olympus E-P1 digital pen does retro right  —  Well, it's here: The Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds digital camera.  The E-P1, or digital pen, packs in almost all the E-620's magic into an absolute tiny and gorgeous body.  A body that throws-back to the the late 50's when Olympus launched the first Pen camera.
John Chan / CNET Asia:
Android to replace Garmin-Asus' current Linux platform  —  The Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 (left) and M20 (right).  —  At CommunicAsia today, Garmin-Asus showed off its nuvifone G60 and M20 devices.  The former was first developed independently by Garmin and later rebadged with the new brand name …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ghostbusters: graphically, you'll want to stick with the 360  —  Ghostbusters is a very nice-looking game, but a head-to-head comparison shows the difference between the PS3 and 360 versions.  —  Our review of Ghostbusters is out, along with notes about which version to buy.
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Global broadband access on the rise
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
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