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The State Department asked Twitter to delay a “critical network upgrade” scheduled for yesterday in order for civilian reporters in Tehran to use the micro-blog as a means for communication. Meanwhile, thousands of Twitter users have changed their time zone stamp to GMT 330 and location to Tehran in order to clog Iranian censor boards.

MySpace announced that it will decrease its workforce by approximately 30%. CEO Owen Van Natta said “Simply put, our staffing levels were bloated and hindered our ability to be an efficient and nimble team-oriented company.” The cuts come months after Facebook surpassed MySpace in active users.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia unveiled a “how to” site dubbed “Matha University.” The video course site, backed by iAmplify, will sell video instructionals on everything from cooking to wedding decor. Students will pay between $5.95 to $12.95 per download.

Members of the Senate are urging the FCC to review agreements between wireless providers and cell phone manufacturers. The Senators, including John Kerry, want to examine how exclusivity agreements limit consumer choice and whether or not they limit functionality of new technologies. The Commerce Committee will hear the issue next week.

ABC will broadcast a primetime special with President Obama on health care reform. Charlie Gibson will host the program from the Blue Room of the White House. Former ABC News reporter Linda Douglass is now the DOC of Health Reform at the White House and may have been influential in ABC broadcasting the special.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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