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8:40 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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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.
Discussion: DailyFinance
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and GottaBeMobile.com
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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:
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld and 9 to 5 Mac
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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?
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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!)
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
Discussion: BetaNews, paidContent.org and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
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)
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
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
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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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
Discussion: Financial Times and BBC
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)
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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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senators Question iPhone Type Deals with Carriers
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Ars Technica
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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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” …
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Moore's Law to die at 18 nm, analysts predict  —  El Segundo (CA) - iSuppli most certainly will initiate yet another discussion whether Moore's Law, a forecast made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every 18 - 24 months, can be upheld in the future.
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.
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.
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
Ed Baig / Technology Live:
Disney, Asus team up on netbook  —  If mom and dad bought a netbook, why can't Junior have one?  —  Disney is teaming up with the Taiwanese computer maker Asus on a Disney-branded netbook called Netpal, targeted at kids 6 to 12 and due out in late July.  As you might imagine …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore: Let's Put the Digital “Genie Back In the Bottle” [UPDATED]  —  Poor John Squires.  The Time Inc. SVP seems like an affable fellow.  So what has he done to deserve this impossible task-figuring out a digital strategy for Time Warner's (TWX) publishing unit?
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
Simon Crisp / Gizmodo:
Dev Team Teases Carrier Unlock For iPhone 3.0 Firmware, Will Demo Tonight  —  The iPhone Dev Team has got us excited (and Apple worried) by announcing they have a fully-working software carrier unlock ready for the 3.0 firmware ahead of its official release.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Reuters:
Obama backs repeal of tax on personal cell phones
Discussion: PC World
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
Quicken Offers up to $50 Savings and Invitation to Microsoft ‘Money’ Customers
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Stratim Buys Stake in Linden Lab
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Facebook Dating Application Zoosk Raises Another $6M
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Genachowski Cruises Through Confirmation Hearing
Discussion: PC World and GigaOM
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ghostbusters: graphically, you'll want to stick with the 360
Discussion: Softpedia News
Wall Street Journal:
How Are You?  No, How Are You Really?  —  I recently met …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Weird Al takes on Craigslist with The Doors
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout