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6:45 PM ET, June 16, 2009

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Anderson Cooper 360:
State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming  —  Elise Labott  —  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 …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Twitterverse working to confuse Iranian censors  —  Yesterday, I got an e-mail from a reader who had seen my story about Twitter users slamming CNN for its initial absence on the post-Iranian election protests, urging me to remove an image in the story.  —  The rationale?
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Cyberwar guide for Iran elections  —  Yishay sez, “The road to hell is paved with the best intentions (including mine).  Learn how to actually help the protesters and not the gov't in Iran.” … #iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners (Thanks, Yishay!)
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.
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:
Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks)  —  The web is understandably abuzz with chatter over Opera Unite, the technology platform the Norwegian software company unveiled earlier this morning.  It's an intriguing concept, and it could fundamentally change the way we think about how content is shared on the Internet.
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.”
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta's Layoff Memo  —  News Corp (NWS) social network MySpace just announced it was laying 30% of its staff.  Here's the memo from new CEO Owen Van Natta:  —  Everyone,  —  Today we are making a number of changes to MySpace's domestic organizational structure.
Discussion: BetaNews, paidContent.org and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
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:
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Snow Leopard features hint at Apple tablet  —  Though Apple isn't saying whether it's working on a touchscreen tablet, the company may have shown its hand at its World Wide Developers Conference last week.  —  Of course, the Apple tablet has become the Apple press corp's version of a Bigfoot hunt.
Arn / MacRumors:
‘Layar’ Shows Augmented Reality Possibilities on iPhone 3G S  —  A new augmented reality app called Layar is making the rounds on the web as an example of what can be done with Augmented Reality.  Layer (via 9to5Mac) is described as the world's first mobile augmented reailty browser.
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Android envy hits with Layar
Discussion: TUAW
Dolores M Bernal / NEWS JUNKIE:
Cell Phone Execs Will Face Questions On Text Messaging Price Hikes  —  Text Messaging Has Gone Up.  Photo: NEWS JUNKIE  —  Those cell phone companies will have a lot of explaining to do Tuesday when they testify at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on rising text messaging costs.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Gmail to Get More Protection From Snoops  —  A group of 38 computer scientists, law professors and security experts is urging Google to do to more to protect Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs from snooping.  Specifically, the group is asking Google to use a standard encryption technology …
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Digital Britain: ISPs will have to cut filesharing by 70%  —  Persistent offenders may be fined or be cut off temporarily under powers Digital Britain report suggests may be given to Ofcom  —  British ISPs will be required to cut illegal filesharing on their networks by 70% within a year under …
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John Cook / Gawker:
You Don't Have a Right to Anonymity  —  A British court has ruled that the Times of London is free to unmask an anonymous British blogger, just ten days after the National Review caused and uproar by outing a left-wing blogger named Publius.  This is a good thing.
Discussion: Times of London and Crime Central
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Guardian:   Publish and be named: Police blogger NightJack loses anonymity
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want The Kindle Source Code?  You Can Have It.  —  So this isn't new, it's actually been available since late 2007 as far as I can tell, but enough people are tweeting about it today, that's it's worth mentioning again.  Amazon has a page where you can download the Kindle's source code.
Discussion: TeleRead
Kevin Sablan / Lansner on Real Estate:
How we got 2.2 million Internet links ... temporarily!  —  Every Sunday our sOCial sunday ponders new Internet connections and its business implications.  Kevin Sablan, leader of the Register's Web task force who blogs independently about Web links on Almighty Link, got a rude surprise with his last sOCial sunday post ...
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Kevin Rose:
TweetDeck for iPhone coming soon!  —  Got my hands on the beta of TweetDeck for the iPhone — I can say now that it's going to replace tweetie as my default twitter iphone app.  —  Features include:  — Column based friend groups! (like TweetDeck desktop)
Amol Sharma / Digits:
T-Mobile's Second Android Phone Expected Soon  —  and Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  T-Mobile USA is expected to announce details around a new phone powered by Google's Android operating system next week, say people familiar with the matter.  —  T-Mobile  —  T-Mobile is expected to unveil …
Ryan Rea / Neowin.net:
Exclusive: Microsoft's new Anti-Virus, ‘Morro’, revealed  —  Ever since Microsoft discontinued its “OneCare” Anti-Virus suite, gossip has been flying that Microsoft would be releasing a free Anti-Virus\Anti-Spyware tool codenamed “Morro”.  —  The software product, codenamed “Morro” …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.5 ‘Web upgrade’ planned for end of June  —  Mozilla plans to issue a release candidate for Firefox 3.5 on Friday and the final version by the end of the month, Firefox director Mike Beltzner said Tuesday.  —  The browser, code-named Shiretoko, began its life as a modest 3.1 upgrade.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Genachowski Cruises Through Confirmation Hearing  —  Thanks to a virtual boycott by Republican lawmakers, President Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission enjoys a day of smiles and praise at his confirmation hearing.  Only former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was a target of criticism.
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?  —  The budding Web spec just might remove the need for proprietary rich Internet app add-ins  —  HTML 5, a groundbreaking upgrade to the prominent Web presentation specification, could become a game-changer in Web application development …
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.
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!, AppScout and Boing Boing
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc CEO Ann Moore: Let's Put the Digital “Genie Back In the Bottle” [UPDATED]
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ed Baig / Technology Live:
Disney, Asus team up on netbook
Discussion: Forbes and Liliputing
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
Walking the Censorship Tightrope with Google's Marissa Mayer
Thanks:atul
Markus / netzpolitik.org:
The Dawning of Internet Censorship in Germany
Cui Jia / CHINAdaily:
Green Dam filter software ‘not compulsory’
Discussion: Guardian and Simple Thoughts
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