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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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Opera's Web-Changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside Your Browser
Bill Ray / The Register:
Opera to take web back to the old days
Discussion: Internetnews Blog and Dev Opera
Chris Mills / Dev Opera:
An introduction to Opera Unite
Discussion: Ajaxian, TG Daily and Technology Live
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.
Eyder Peralta / NPR Blogs:
Iran's Struggle For Free Expression On Twitter
Discussion: Technology Live
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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Ginny Mies / PC World:
BlackBerry Tour 9630 Coming to Verizon and Sprint This Summer
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Tour to Compete With Apple's IPhone, Palm's Pre
Discussion: mocoNews
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.”
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digital Britain Report Promises Universal Broadband Access, Requires ISPs to Cut Down on File Sharing  —  Today, the UK government finally released its long-awaited Digital Britain report, which, among other things, confirms the government's intention to provide broadband access at 2Mbps to every household in the UK by 2012.
Discussion: Music Ally, Guardian and bit-tech.net
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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
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senators Question iPhone Type Deals with Carriers  —  Exclusive arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufacturers such as Apple's iPhone deal with AT&T are coming under fire from Congress.  —  Four U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Global broadband access on the rise  —  More people throughout the world are hopping onto the high-speed bandwagon.  —  Global broadband access jumped by 16.6 million lines in the last quarter, reaching a total of 429.2 million lines throughout the world, says a report released Tuesday by industry group Broadband Forum.
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Piro / Facebook:
Chat reaches 1 billion messages sent per day  —  Facebook Chat usage has increased steadily since its launch last year, and this week we reached 1 billion messages sent per day.  As a team we've been looking forward to this milestone; we track lots of statistics in the course of maintaining …
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!, Boing Boing and Obsessable
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.
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.
Gordon Brown / Times of London:
The internet is as vital as water and gas  —  Every home will have broadband access as we aim for a digital Britain fit to take on the world  —  The digital revolution is changing all our lives beyond recognition and today we shall set out how Britain must change with it.
Discussion: BBC, the billblog and Music Ally
Kingston Technology Company:
Kingston Technology First to Market with 128GB USB Flash Drive  —  Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the DataTraveler® 200 (DT200), the world's first 128GB USB Flash drive.  The large capacity along …
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac and Neowin.net
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
E Ink Investors May Try to Block Sale to Taiwanese Firm, Keep Company Independent
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Iran using U.S. chip technology in rocket research
Discussion: The Register
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Western Digital recants, announces its SiliconDrive III range of SSDs
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Surge - The Gen X/Gen Y Tradeoff
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IBM releases new enterprise cloud portfolio
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