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10:15 AM ET, June 16, 2006


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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.
Scott Ard / CNET
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.
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 …
Discussion: M-Dollar
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 …
Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Gates to leave day-to-day role at Microsoft  —  Chairman to devote more time to charitable works.  —  NEW YORK ( - 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.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Bill Gates: I'm not leaving Microsoft  —  Bill Gates has announced that he will stepping down as Microsoft's chief software architect in another two years (July 2008), though he plans to continue as chairman "indefinitely" — assuming the board of directors keeps electing him.
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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya 2.0 On the Way; Major Strategy Shift
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Eli Milchman / Wired News:
Yahoo 'Strictest' Censor in China  —  Yahoo is stricter than any other search engine in China when enforcing censorship, said a journalism-advocacy group Thursday.  —  Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said their tests showed that blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results …
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Cinevision 2006: 5000 x 2000 pixels create high-def for movie theaters  —  Berlin (Germany) - Three German companies yesterday demonstrated what could be considered the ultimate movie experience of the future: If you thought it just doesn't get better than a 1080p high-definition home theater …
Discussion: Engadget
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, coder David Weekly explains how a weekend project earned way too much attention before flaming out.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
My First BillG Review  —  In the olden days, Excel had a very awkward programming language without a name.  "Excel Macros," we called it.  It was a severely dysfunctional programming language without variables (you had to store values in cells on a worksheet), without locals …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and Gadgetopia
Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to Netscape challenge  —  Digg CEO Jay Adelson took time out of his busy schedule to email me some thoughts about Netscape's new digg-inspired community news site.  Jay's thoughts below, but first some context.  I've written two posts about the new Netscape site.
Search Engine Watch:
Getting The New York Times More Search Engine Friendly  —  Online newspapers have often ignored search engines, or viewed them with mistrust, relying on the power of their brands to drive traffic.  That attitude is changing dramatically at the New York Times, and with powerful effect.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hack Day Today  —  Yahoo has had a a couple of regional "Hack Days", which are day long events where engineers stop everything they are doing and just build stuff that they think is cool.  The idea was first popularized by Jot last year, and a number of companies have picked up on the idea …
Discussion: Chad Dickerson's blog
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Recharge In Flight Without AC Outlets  —  Look mom, no power brick!  —  Now this is a very interesting device. 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.
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