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4:45 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 …
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Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks)
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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Macworld, CrunchGear and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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TEDChris:
Iranian students are spammers from Israel?!  Er, no.  —  You can make a conspiracy theory out of anything, but this article is ridiculous.  —  The writer claims that @change_for_Iran, @persiankiwi, @stopahmadi and others are fake accounts created in Israel.  The six points he uses to back up the claim are pathetic.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:   One Iranian's Internet Experience
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
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.
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: TechCrunch, Gizmodo, CNET News and Macworld
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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 …
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: Financial Times and Crime Central
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Frances Gibb / Times of London:
Ruling on NightJack author Richard Horton kills blogger anonymity
Discussion: Guardian
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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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 …
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, BetaNews and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: MobileContentToday and TeleRead
Kevin Maney / The Atlantic Online:
The Rating Game  —  RICH BARTON, A superstar of the Internet era, settles across from me in a coffee shop in Centreville, Virginia, looking like a 1950s sitcom dad—glasses, preppy haircut, V-neck sweater.  He built Expedia in the 1990s, co-founded the real-estate site Zillow in 2005 …
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: SnapTell Blog, mocoNews and TechFlash
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 …
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” …
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: Softpedia News and OStatic blogs
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
 
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Maybe Google Isn't Losing Big Bucks on YouTube After All
Discussion: GigaOM and Contentinople
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Facebook Loses Lawsuit Against German Clone StudiVZ, Gets Criticized …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Channel Five opens up its content to bloggers and portals
Discussion: T3.com News and Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
AP eyeing better deals with Internet heavyweights
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Leading Facebook Dating App Zoosk Raises $6 Million More
Discussion: All Facebook and VatorNews
Don Clark / Digits:
Nvidia CEO Says Its Computing Crusade Hits “Tipping Point”
Discussion: PC World and internetnews.com
Reuters:
Obama backs repeal of tax on personal cell phones
Mel Martin / TUAW:
Are you really Sirius? Streaming radio iPhone app expected this week
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Stratim Buys Stake in Linden Lab
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Moore's Law to die at 18 nm, analysts predict
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Genachowski Cruises Through Confirmation Hearing
Discussion: PC World and GigaOM
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Digital Britain: ISPs will have to cut filesharing by 70%