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The re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi sparked demonstrations, and coverage of the protests led to the ouster of Western journalists. Twitter users stepped into the information gap, providing real-time updates. But the popular microblogging site also became a vehicle for protesters to launch denial-of-service attacks. While the conflict in Iran and the role of technology in keeping the world informed about it is our top story, for a whole lot of people the focus of the week was on -- what else? -- Apple's new iPhone 3G S, which went on sale Friday. We confess to momentary early morning confusion about the line on Boston's Boylston Street until we realized it was outside of an AT&T store. D'oh.

1. Twitter becomes a lifeline to an Iran in turmoil, Twitter plays key role in DoS attacks in Iran, In Iran, cyber-activism without the middleman and Iran rocked by cyberattacks during unrest: The Internet has become a prominent aspect of all important news stories, of course, but it has played a particularly vital role in helping to keep the world informed about what's going on in Iran in the wake of the contentious presidential election.

2. Apple fans flock to buy iPhone 3G S: We're not sure what more there is to say about the new iPhone 3G S, other than that a lot of people decided to forgo sleep to be among the first to buy one.

3. Jury orders music swapper to pay $1.92 million: We reckon that Jammie Thomas-Rasset wishes she had stuck with the US$220,000 fine after she was found guilty of online music trading and copyright infringement at her first trial. The Minnesota jury that heard the retrial of her case ordered her to pay a whopping $1.92 million, or $80,000 for each of the 24 songs she was found to have illegally traded over the Kazaa online service. The ruling undoubtedly bolsters the efforts of the Recording Industry Association of America, which has gone after thousands of people in an effort to stop such music trading.

4. Senators challenge AT&T's exclusive iPhone deal and FCC to probe exclusive mobile handset deals: U.S. senators questioned exclusive deals between mobile handset makers and carriers, notably AT&T's deal as the sole iPhone provider in the U.S. By week's end the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's acting chairman said he ordered staff there to look into the deals and whether they stifle innovation or (and?) harm consumers.

5. MySpace cuts 'bloated' workforce by 30 percent: The once high-flying MySpace, which has been dethroned by Facebook as the top U.S. social-networking site, axed almost 30 percent of its employees.

6. China orders Google to suspend foreign site searches and Fight against China's Web-filtering software grows: In case there was any doubt, China showed that it means business when it comes to cracking down on Internet pornography, ordering Google to cease its foreign Web site search service because its filtering is weak. In related news, Solid Oak Software, which makes Web-filtering software, sent cease-and-desist letters to a number of U.S. and Chinese companies, contending that its code was copied by a Chinese Internet filtering program. Solid Oak demanded that the companies stop distributing the Chinese software.

7. Sun reportedly cancels 16-core Rock processors and Why Rock was doomed: Sun has bailed out on its 16-core Rock processor project, which had been a top priority. But an analysis of the project shows it was doomed even before Oracle swooped in to buy Sun, emphasizing its interest in the Solaris OS and Java.

8. Business netbooks: IT revolution or contradiction in terms?: For those who are contemplating using netbooks for business purposes, InfoWorld put together this handy comparison of four popular models, complete with a Test Center scorecard.

9. GhostNet cyber espionage probe still has loose ends: Many of the 103 countries whose computer systems were hacked in what has been labeled the "GhostNet" cybercrime operation, which was publicly revealed three months ago, may not yet have been formally notified that they were victims, according to a 53-page report.

10. Google trying for more Gmail security: Google is testing the use of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Service) with Gmail to make the webmail service more secure. The move comes in response to privacy advocates urging Google to improve Gmail security.

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