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10:45 PM ET, June 16, 2009

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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple: Yeah, About That Palm Pre iTunes Sync Feature...  Right before the launch of the Palm Pre, the press was buzzing about a feature that had remained quiet until that time: That the Palm Pre can sync with iTunes.  This is a key feature at least in theory as the Pre is seen as the biggest competitor to Apple's iPhone to date.
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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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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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.
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 …
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Opera Press Room:
Opera Unite reinvents the Web
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks)
Discussion: Softpedia News
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.
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
TweetDeck Now Available On The iPhone
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch, Kevin Rose and 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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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, PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
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: paidContent.org, BetaNews and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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.
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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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” …
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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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.
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: TechFlash and paidContent.org
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Image Recognition Startup SnapTell Acquired by Amazon Subsidiary A9.com  —  SnapTell, a startup that primarily focuses on image-recognition based mobile marketing, has been acquired by A9.com, Amazon's search engine technology arm.  SnapTell did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.
Discussion: TechFlash, SnapTell Blog and mocoNews
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 …
Don Clark / Digits:
Nvidia CEO Says Its Computing Crusade Hits “Tipping Point”  —  Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, could have been content to help make snazzier images in computer games.  But he sees the underlying technology in the company's graphics chips as so important that such narrow ambitions seem almost immoral.
Discussion: internetnews.com and PC World
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
AP eyeing better deals with Internet heavyweights
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Leading Facebook Dating App Zoosk Raises $6 Million More
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Reuters:
Obama backs repeal of tax on personal cell phones
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
Quicken Offers up to $50 Savings and Invitation to Microsoft ‘Money’ Customers
Mel Martin / TUAW:
Are you really Sirius? Streaming radio iPhone app expected this week
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Stratim Buys Stake in Linden Lab
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Genachowski Cruises Through Confirmation Hearing
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Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore: Let's Put the Digital “Genie Back In the Bottle” [UPDATED]
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 Earlier Items: 
Simon Crisp / Gizmodo:
Dev Team Teases Carrier Unlock For iPhone 3.0 Firmware, Will Demo Tonight
Discussion: CrunchGear, TheModShop and IntoMobile
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?
Cui Jia / CHINAdaily:
Green Dam filter software ‘not compulsory’
Discussion: Guardian and InformationWeek
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Weird Al takes on Craigslist with The Doors
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout