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7:10 PM ET, June 15, 2006

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates  —  Working full time at Microsoft through June 2008, Gates then will continue as chairman and advisor while increasing Foundation efforts; Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie to assume expanded roles.
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Scott Ard / CNET News.com:
Gates stepping down from full-time Microsoft role  —  just in Bill Gates is transitioning out of his full-time role at Microsoft, the software giant that's been under pressure due to a sagging stock price, competition from Google and nagging delays in the Vista operating system.
Associated Press:
Gates to leave day-to-day Microsoft operations  —  REDMOND, Washington (AP) — Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates announced Thursday that he will transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company he co-founded to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Gates to leave day-to-day role at Microsoft  —  Chairman to devote more time to charitable works.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Microsoft announced Thursday that chairman and co-founder Bill Gates will transition out of a day-to-day role at the company, effective July 2008, to spend more time working on his charitable foundation.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL to Turn Netscape Site Into a Newspaper of Sorts  —  In attempt to revive an aging but still well-known Internet brand, AOL is turning its Netscape.com site into a collection of links to news articles, submitted by users and expanded upon by a staff of bloggers.
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Philipsu / The World As Best As I Remember It:
Broken Windows Theory  —  [This was originally posted a week ago, and yanked of my own volition.  What followed was a firestorm of speculation about how The Man beat me down, etc, which is completely untrue.  Now I repost this back, only to quell the speculation.  Blog on.]  —  Vista.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Social networks—future portal or fad?  —  LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Social networks like MySpace and Facebook are the zeitgeist for online executives and investors, just as they are for millions of young people.  —  But attendees at the Piper Jaffray Global Internet Summit here still can't decide …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Social Networking: Five Sites You Need to Know
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Tom McGhee / Denver Post:
Suit claims labor's lost to Yahoo  —  A Colorado company says the Internet giant is encroaching on its lovecity.com dating-site domain name.  —  A Colorado company that owns dating website lovecity.com has sued Yahoo, claiming the Internet giant improperly used a trademark domain name …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google to Launch Government Search Site  —  It's finally happening: The ever-expanding Google Inc. is making its move on the federal government.  —  Today the company plans to announce a new online product aimed at being a one-stop shop for searching federal government Web sites.
Ars Technica:
Interview with Microsoft's Matt Lee, Xbox 360 developer top gun  —  Ars Technica sits down with Xbox 360 engineer Matt Lee and talks about the Xbox 360, the competition, the gaming marketplace, and what the future may hold.  —  » Full Story » Discussion
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
U.S. Joins Industry in Piracy War  —  The U.S. government has joined forces with the entertainment industry to stop the freewheeling global bazaar in pirated movies and music, pressuring foreign governments to crack down or risk incurring trade barriers.  —  Last year, for instance …
Discussion: Slashdot
Brian Oberkirch / Weblogs Work:
PodServe: Best in Show  —  Alex did a great job of talking about PodServe and all the Big in Japan apps today at the Under the Radar event held at the Microsoft HQ in Silicon Valley.  We got some kind words from Mssrs.  Arrington & Clavier and had lots of good conversations with companies interested …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple seen delivering "ultra-portable" at Macworld  —  Apple Computer could introduce an "ultra-portable PC" that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says.  —  UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes …
Stephen H. Wildstrom / Business Week:
Advice to Students: Pack a Mac  —  Apple's software has improved, but Windows has been stuck in a rut  —  In a few months, nearly 3 million freshmen will head off to college.  Included in the gear most of them lug along will be a computer, often brand new.
BetaNews:
Microsoft: Vista Most Secure OS Ever  —  Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia opened up TechEd 2006 in Boston Sunday evening by proclaiming that Windows Vista was the most secure operating system in the industry.  But a bold statement can only go so far, and much of this week's conference has been spent reinforcing that point.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
SecureSpot Internet Security Device  —  Whether or not this SecureSpot actually makes your sweet rig safer is irrelevant—just look at how many blinking lights it has!  As we all know, lots of blinking lights=ultra secure box.  —  From D-Link, the SecureSpot DSD-15 features plenty of things …
nttdocomo.com:
Mobile Industry Leaders to Create World's First Globally Adopted Open Mobile Linux Platform  — Companies Strive to Increase Adoption of Linux® for Mobile; Speed Innovation for Wireless —  Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics …
Discussion: Techdirt, MobHappy and MobileTracker
projectopus.com:
RIAA challenges YouTube and GoogleVideo over video distribution  —  The recent trend of amateur dancers hamming it up to popular songs on video and then playing them for the world to see has piqued the interest of the RIAA.  Obviously, most of these videos didn't secure proper clearances ahead of time …
 
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Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
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Senate ponders policing of Net neutrality offenses
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