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2:30 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:
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.
Lawrence Eng / Opera Labs:
Taking the Web into our own hands, one computer at a time
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Opera's Web-Changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside Your Browser
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Central
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.
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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 …
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.”
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: dailywireless.org and DSLreports
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senators Question iPhone Type Deals with Carriers
Discussion: Ars Technica
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’
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 …
Ginny Mies / PC World:
BlackBerry Tour 9630 Coming to Verizon and Sprint This Summer  —  Rumors have been swirling around the blogosphere for months, but now it's official: The latest RIM BlackBerry device, the Tour 9630, is headed to Verizon and Sprint as well as Bell and TELUS in Canada this summer.
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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:
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
news.teamxbox.com:
Rumor: New Xbox Console in 2010 - We Tell You the Truth  —  1UP reported on Monday that Microsoft plans to release a new Xbox console as early as next year, featuring beefed-up Xbox 360 hardware and built-in Project Natal technology.  From the 1UP report:
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
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.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
E Ink Investors May Try to Block Sale to Taiwanese Firm, Keep Company Independent  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  A group of E Ink investors with concerns about Prime View International's move earlier this month to purchase the Cambridge, MA-based e-paper display company will likely try to prevent …
 
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Brett Winterford / iTnews Australia:
iiNet ordered to hand over customer records
Discussion: TorrentFreak and p2pnet
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inside Facebook
Chris Piro / Facebook:
Chat reaches 1 billion messages sent per day
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple could see margins at risk with new price cuts
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