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4:55 AM ET, June 16, 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.
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.
MSNBC:
Bill Gates to transition away from Microsoft  —  Co-founder to remain chairman, spend more time on charitable work  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates announced Thursday he will transition away from a daily role at the software company he co-founded to focus …
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.
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0:
Why Ballmer should leave Microsoft  —  With Gates stepping down from his day-to-day role, there are reasons his long-time partner should head out the door.  —  (Business 2.0) - Now that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has started his two-year goodbye from a day-to-day role at the company …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Riya supersizes plan: will become a "visual" search engine  —  Riya, the Silicon Valley photo recognition start-up, is expanding its ambition: It wants to become a full-fledged "visual" search engine.  —  The move was signaled today by chief executive Munjal Shah, who told us in a phone call …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya 2.0 On the Way; Major Strategy Shift
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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 …
Valleywag:
Everybody's stalking: Accidental entrepreneur David Weekly sets a new record for startup failure  —  The new poster child for the dot-com bubble wasn't even a real company.  In an exclusive IM interview, SingleStat.us coder David Weekly explains how a weekend project earned way too much attention before flaming out.
Discussion: TechCrunch and iBloggedThis
Washington Post:
Government Increasingly Turning to Data Mining  —  Peek Into Private Lives May Help in Hunt for Terrorists  —  The Pentagon pays a private company to compile data on teenagers it can recruit to the military.  The Homeland Security Department buys consumer information to help screen people at borders and detect immigration fraud.
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Google Blogoscoped:
An Inside View From a Google Employee  —  James in the forum points to a very in-depth Something Awful discussion board interview with what seems to be the guy who took over the Google Calculator project as his current 20% project (I can't confirm that he's indeed a Google employee, though his answers look credible).
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Recharge In Flight Without AC Outlets  —  Look mom, no power brick!  —  Now this is a very interesting device.  InflightPower.com has announced its InFlight Powe USB Unit which allows you to charge small electronic devices via a standard headphone jack found in most airline seats.
rsf.org:
Yahoo! clear worst offender in censorship tests on search engines  —  Reporters Without Borders said it found Yahoo! to be the clear worst offender in censorship tests the organisation carried out on Chinese versions of Internet search engines Yahoo!, Google, MSN as well as their local competitor Baidu.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Kevin Maney
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
Flung / Krunker:
Windows Media Center Preview in Vista Beta 2  —  Introduction  —  Windows Media Center is arguably one of the best home theater personal computer user interfaces out there today.  Up until the introduction of Windows Vista, Windows Media Center (MCE) existed as a separate product SKU for Microsoft.
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
 
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