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9:45 AM ET, June 17, 2009

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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 …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama
Anderson Cooper 360:
State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming
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
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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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!, Pulse2, Kevin Rose and TUAW
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 …
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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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   WWDC 2009 Wrap-Up  —  Across the street from Moscone West …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Nvidia: Ion will outperform next-gen Intel Pineview Atoms  —  The chip maker offers up fighting words, praises its own Ion platform  —  Computerworld - Intel Corp. may not have officially released the specs of its upcoming Pineview family of Atom CPUs, but that hasn't stopped Nvidia Inc …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile.com
PC World:
Dell Diversifies With Fixed Server Offerings  —  Dell on Wednesday said it would offer pre-configured systems for enterprise customers looking to get server environments up and running quickly.  —  The fixed configurations include servers, storage modules and software that are pretested …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Digg API changes could mean profit for developers  —  On Tuesday Digg announced big changes to its API that should make third-party developers happy—and maybe even rich.  —  The most major one being that the company has let up on its use for commercial applications, meaning that developers …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Silicon Alley Insider
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Mapping Meaning: How MercyCorps Uses Google Maps  —  Developers have seen the value of mapping APIs.  Look no further than our list of map mashups for proof that there's a lot of value in maps to visualize location data.  But how useful are web maps to a humanitarian organization?
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
News Bosses Tell MPs: Free Us To Fight Google  —  Newspaper publishers, in their latest plea for regulatory reform, want to be allowed to collectively lobby Google (NSDQ: GOOG) for story payments.  It was amongst a litany of woes Guardian Media Group CEO Carolyn McCall …
Discussion: paidContent
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
 
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
New age guidelines for videogames
Discussion: Guardian and The Register
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Ex-Googlers behind new security service that flags malware on Web sites
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdWhirl Scores $1 Million For Dynamic Ad Platform For The iPhone
Discussion: VentureBeat, IntoMobile and mocoNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Jammie Thomas takes the stand, admits to major misstep
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Senators Introduce “Run The Tubes Under The Highway” Bill
Discussion: Techdirt
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
ARhrrrr! : Augmented Reality Zombie and Helicopter Game
Discussion: GameSetWatch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Image Recognition Startup SnapTell Acquired by Amazon Subsidiary A9.com
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Obama backs repeal of tax on personal cell phones
Discussion: VentureBeat
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Moore's Law to die at 18 nm, analysts predict
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore: Let's Put the Digital “Genie Back in the Bottle” [UPDATED]
Discussion: paidContent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want The Kindle Source Code? You Can Have It.