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11:10 AM ET, June 17, 2009

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CBS News:
Iran Military Warns Online Media  —  (CBS/AP) Last Updated 4:29 a.m. Eastern.  —  Iran's most powerful military force has warned online media of a crackdown over their coverage of the country's election crisis.  —  The Revolutionary Guards, an elite body answering to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …
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New York Times:
U.S. Steps Gingerly Into Tumult in Iran  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it has tried to avoid words or deeds that could be portrayed as American meddling in Iran's presidential election and its tumultuous aftermath.  —  Yet on Monday afternoon, a 27-year-old State Department official …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Increases Capacity, Pats Itself On Back, Denies Being A Covert Government Agency  —  As just about everyone reading this likely saw, Twitter was down for a bit today.  The maintenance was planned, and was actually postponed from yesterday to allow for the protests flowing over Twitter about the Iranian elections to continue.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Twitter responds on Iranian role
Discussion: OnSoftware
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Stop hitting F5, iPhone OS 3.0 release still hours away?  —  You can refresh all you want but that won't make the 3.0 update for your iPhone appear any faster.  In fact, you might want to give your trigger finger a rest for a few hours — Engadget bud, Richard Lai, noted in a tweet …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 3.0 Update for iPod Touch Page Appears in iTunes, Not Yet Functional [Updated]  —  One MacRumors reader has discovered an iTunes page that appears to offer the iPhone OS 3.0 software update for iPod touch for download for $9.95.  While iTunes permits the transaction to go through …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
iPhone Developers Roll Out New Apps To Leverage Cut/Paste, Alerts And More
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Tim Mercer / Macworld:
Myst for iPhone  —  Classic puzzle-based adventure game …
Discussion: TUAW
Kari Lee / Facebook Blog:
Look Who's Talking Now  —  Today, we're beginning to test new versions of Facebook Search with a small group — just a fraction of a percent of the people on Facebook.  Those of you in the test group will be able to find content from the people, organizations and public figures that matter to you as soon as they share it on Facebook.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Facebook Starts Testing New Version Of Search, It's A Huge Upgrade
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Thoughts on Opera Unite  —  I met today's news about Opera's new initiative — called Unite — with a mix of shock and awe.  —  On the one hand, I was sickened by the lack of analysis from the echolalic blogger news corps.  It appeared that Opera PR had successfully reached out to all of them …
Apple:
iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players  —  Products Affected  —  Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
MLB.com Streams Live Baseball Games to the iPhone  —  On Wednesday, Apple upgrades the iPhone with the 3.0 version of its operating system.  The new era could literally begin with a home run.  —  MLB.com, which sells the popular At Bat application for the iPhone and iPod Touch …
Discussion: FierceMobileContent
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB To Start Streaming Live Baseball Video To Your iPhone Tomorrow
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear, Thanks:thestalwart
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
New versions of Tweetdeck, Seesmic square off  —  There's a new version of the Tweetdeck Twitter client, 0.26, launching tonight, following the earlier release today of a preview of Seesmic Desktop 0.3.  Both updated Twitter clients look like significant improvements from their previous versions.
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.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   WWDC 2009 Wrap-Up  —  Across the street from Moscone West …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Phase 4 Of Facebook's Systematic Attack On Twitter: The Everyone Button  —  If you were to distill Facebook down to its core magic, you'd have Twitter's real time news stream with a really expensive-to-maintain photo site bolted on.  —  And while Twitter isn't exactly posing much of a current threat, Facebook isn't taking any chances.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How to Avoid Paying the iPhone 3GS Upgrade Tax  —  Those tears of joy shed by iPhone loyalists are turning into cries of grief with the announcement by AT&T that it will impose a $200 fee to upgrade to the next-generation iPhone, which lands in stores Friday.
Discussion: WebProNews and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Your iPhone 3G S Is Here.  But You Can't Get It Until Friday.  —  Following up on our earlier story, it looks like Apple is holding back delivery of the iPhone 3G S units that we pre-ordered over the web, until Friday.  This, despite the fact that they're already in the United States …
Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
Google Apps Sync Disables Outlook Search  —  The Outlook team has recently been made aware of a serious bug / flaw with the recently announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, and as a result we wanted to provide the Outlook user community with additional details around this problem as well as information on how to address it.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft gives up YouTube chase  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In the coming months, Microsoft plans to significantly scale back Soapbox, the video site it once hoped might take on YouTube in the user-generated content arena.  —  In an interview on Tuesday, Microsoft Vice President Erik Jorgensen …
Chris Anderson / TED Blog:
Q&A with Clay Shirky on Twitter and Iran  —  NYU professor Clay Shirky gave a fantastic talk on new media during our TED@State event earlier this month.  He revealed how cellphones, the web, Facebook and Twitter had changed the rules of the game, allowing ordinary citizens extraordinary new powers to impact real-world events.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Maybe Google Isn't Losing Big Bucks on YouTube After All  —  Ever since Credit Suisse came out with a report in early April estimating that Google's YouTube will lose as much as $470 million this year, many people have been predicting the video sharing site is doomed and calling Google stupid for continuing to run it as is.
Joanna Stern / LaptopMag.com:
Toshiba mini NB205  —  Toshiba's entry into the U.S. netbook market soars past the competition with a stunning design, stellar keyboard, and the longest battery life of any netbook to date.  —  Price as Reviewed: $399.00  —  Review Contents:  —  At first glance, it would seem that there's …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Jammie Thomas takes the stand, admits to major misstep  —  After the morning's excitement, Jammie Thomas-Rasset took the stand this afternoon during her retrial.  She was clad in a black shirt and black pants, the sort of garb appropriate to a hanging.  Her testimony wasn't quite a hanging …
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Zune HD uses NVIDIA Tegra processor - confirmed  —  There is a lot of news circulating today about some rumors of the new Zune HD using the NVIDIA Tegra processor.  Several websites have been following the rumor, that started at donanimhaber.com, but apparently no one can confirm whether …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace: After the Layoffs, Here's What's What and What's Next  —  Now what?  —  The party-all-night social networking site that has been MySpace so far got a massive morning-after shock yesterday. when 30 percent of its workforce-or 420 employees-was laid off.
PR Newswire:
Ask.com Announces Database of 300 Million High-Quality Question-and-Answer Pairs  —  Delivering Q&A Pairs Helps Drive Consumer Loyalty through Higher Frequency and Retention on Ask.com  —  Ask.com has unveiled its proprietary database of 300 million Q&A pairs for consumers in the United States and United Kingdom.
 
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