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12:15 PM ET, June 16, 2006


 Top Items: 
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.
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 and Kevin Maney
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
What Ozzie Can Do for Microsoft  —  Expect the new software czar to nudge Microsoft toward open standards support without radically changing the company's core business  —  The departure of Bill Gates as Microsoft's technology czar puts a heavy load on the shoulders of Ray Ozzie …
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 …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Bill Gates: I'm not leaving Microsoft
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda.
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
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
Discussion: Recognizing Deven
Lunch over IP:
More cell phones than people  —  In 30 countries around the world, from Aruba to Italy to Hong Kong, mobile phone penetration has past 100 percent.  Translation: the number of cell phone subscriptions has exceeded the size of the population.  That's according to end-of-Q1-2006 data just released …
Discussion: and 21talks
World's first 18x rewritable DVD  —  June 14, 2006 One of the most competitive areas of technology is the speed with which we write to optical storage media - five minutes saved writing a DVD is something we're all prepared to pay for.  And Samsung loves the bigger/better/faster game …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
AdWords Ad Scheduling Officially Launches  —  Google AdWords officially launched their new ad scheduling, enabling advertisers the ability to schedule the appearance of their ads based on both time of day and day of the week.  This new feature, which competes with dayparting that Microsoft AdCenter …
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
Linux Coming to Mobile Phones  —  A group of the world's mobile operators and handset makers said today they are joining together to develop an open-source Linux-based operating system that could to be used in phones by the end of 2007.  —  Mobile network operators Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Why the Future is in South Korea  —  Business 2.0 has an interesting article arguing that the future is in South Korea.  There's so much food for thought in this article that I had trouble deciding whether to make one long entry about it or a half dozen separate ones.  (I've chosen the former.)
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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
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.
George Ou /
How to jam your neighbor's Wi-Fi legally  —  Have you ever get frustrated with your neighbor hogging all the Internet bandwidth on the block?  Tired of your neighbor using his Wi-Fi gear on channel 1, 6, or 11 (that's all the possible choices) on the 2.4 GHz spectrum?  Well now's your chance to get even!
Mark / Automated Home:
ADSL Bonding - How To and Review  —  In the desire to increase my upstream speeds as much as possible I did some research into ADSL bonding or MLPPP (Multi Link Pont to Point Protocol).  A handful of ISP's offer support for this (they tend to be smaller companies though rather than the likes of BT, Yahoo etc).
Discussion: 21talks
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Is RIAA nastygramming YouTubers over vids of kids singing and dancing?
Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Sued Over Its Google Ads (Yes, You Read That Right)
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
And Oranges  —  1. Most people, I suspect, can tell …
Discussion: ongoing and
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Is it the end for net neutrality?
Google Blogoscoped:
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eBay Casualty: E.D. Texas Court Denies Injunctive Relief to Halt …
Nick / Rough Type:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Imbee, the chaperoned social networking site, launches
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to buy its headquarters for $319M
Krylonultraflat / evidence of my slowly waning sanity:
how to make a nintendo DS lite case from an old pair of jeans and some glue
Discussion: Kotaku and DS Fanboy
Energizer Launches Rapid Battery Charger for Cell Phones
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to Netscape challenge
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
Camera. Action. Edit. Now, Await Reviews.
Joe / Techdirt:
Online Gambling Not Only Illegal, Now Also Unmentionable
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Recharge In Flight Without AC Outlets