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7:50 AM ET, June 16, 2009

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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.
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Web Users in Iran Reach Overseas for Proxies  —  As voting protests in Iran devolved into violence, and communications remained sporadic, Internet users in the country are calling for proxies they can use to stay online unmonitored.  Twitter, a hub of activity since the rallies began …
Austin Heap:   How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens (for Windows!)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   FriendFeed Blocked In Iran, The Service's Most Active Region
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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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  —  In Oslo, the Tuesday workday is well underway, and that means that Opera Software has unveiled the revolutionary technology breakthrough it started touting last week.  The would-be breakthrough turns out to be called Opera Unite …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finally Catches Up To MySpace In The U.S.  —  It's over.  Facebook is now as large as MySpace in the U.S., according to May data released today by comScore.  Facebook actually passed MySpace by a smidgeon, with 70.278 million unique visitors compared to MySpace's 70.255 million.
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Keith / TheNextWeb.com:
First instance of a major advertising campaign using Facebook Vanity URLs
Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Hunch: Your “Personal Decision Maker”  —  Hunch is not a “search engine” insists Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, one of the people behind the new site.  But you'll probably start seeing it show up in (Google) search results, just like Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers.
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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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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Using Enforcement to Crack Down on ‘Click Fraud’
Discussion: Softpedia News and PC World
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead, TechFlash and Gearlog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
PageRank sculpting  —  People think about PageRank in lots of different ways.  People have compared PageRank to a “random surfer” model in which PageRank is the probability that a random surfer clicking on links lands on a page.  Other people think of the web as an link matrix in which the value at position …
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Google Says: Yes, You Can Still Sculpt PageRank.  No You Can't Do It With Nofollow
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is QuickTime X The Missing Link For Flash On The iPhone?  —  Now this is interesting.  Apparently, the new version of Apple's video playing software, QuickTime X, will support the playback of .flv files in Snow Leopard.  Yes, Adobe Flash files.  —  The blog, Cateto blog dug …
Discussion: Cateto blog, Techgeist and 9 to 5 Mac
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Your Own Private Internet  —  HP's research into “darknets” could shed new light on Internet privacy.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — For those struggling with privacy on the Web, security researchers at Hewlett-Packard might have found the light at the end of tunnel.
Eric / Geek's Source For Technology News …:
Palm Pre How To Guide - Enable Tethering Over Bluetooth!  —  Credit goes to fish199902 for this one.  Basically, you setup an SSH tunnel to the Pre, which supports running as a SOCKS proxy.  You then configure your browser to point to this proxy and BAM, you're tethering away.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Next Batch of Acer Smartphones Due out in September  —  Acer plans to send its three latest smartphones to market in September, with two of the new handsets priced for the recession.  —  The three smartphones will all use Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system and carry Acer's own user interface …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
AT&T signals an abrupt end for prepaid iPhone plans  —  Update 4: I am working with an AT&T spokesperson to try to detangle the contradictory information discussed below.  No results as yet, but will update when that becomes possible.  —  I just spent the last half hour on the phone with AT&T, and I can't quite believe what I heard.
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.
Google Mobile Blog:
Search by voice and transit directions come to Google Maps on Android  —  Today we're releasing an upgrade to Google Maps for Android-powered phones.  We've added a whole host of new features and fixed a few issues with Google Latitude.  —  You can now search Google Maps for Android using your voice …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US PC makers in ‘stolen code’ row  —  A California company is considering legal action to prevent computers being shipped to China with what it says is stolen internet blocking software.  —  Solid Oak said it found pieces of its CyberSitter programme in China's Green Dam Youth Escort screening software.
Discussion: Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Tours the New Facebook HQ (and Gets Ripped): The Uncut Video!  —  Last week, in anticipation of Facebook's Press Open House tonight for its spanking new HQ in Palo Alto, Calif., BoomTown hightailed it down there for an early look-see at just what the social networking site is doing …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Neowin.net, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes A Breather  —  After experiencing torrid growth during the first months of the year, Twitter took a breather in May.  According to new comScore data released today, Twitter had 17.6 million U.S. visitors in May, which is only 3.5 percent increase from the 17 million U.S. visitors comScore registered in April.
Discussion: Twitterrati
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
10 Reasons To Bet On A Yahoo Turnaround
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Stuart Dredge / Pocket Gamer.biz:
Zynga: ‘Apple should bake Facebook Connect into iPhone’
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony lawyer: $150K damages per song “certainly” appropriate
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Social Networking Startup May Become Black Eye for High-Profile Valley Investors
Discussion: VenturaCountyStar.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Mellor / The Register:
DataSlide reinvents hard drive
Discussion: StorageMojo and PR Newswire
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook and The Washington Post: More Than Meets the Eye
Discussion: Business Wire and All Facebook
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune service and Xbox Live offline Tuesday
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Microsoft Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google: The Data Center Is the Computer
Discussion: Google Watch and Between the Lines
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to announce Azure business plan next month
Discussion: Network World
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
IP Address Alone Insufficient To Identify Pirate, Court Rules
Discussion: digg.com
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Is Said to Cancel Big Chip Project
Discussion: SiliconBeat