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11:10 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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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
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.
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 …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Bill Gates: I'm not leaving Microsoft
Discussion: Bink.nu
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 Yahoo.cn blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results …
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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya 2.0 On the Way; Major Strategy Shift
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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
Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Sued Over Its Google Ads (Yes, You Read That Right)  —  from the fun-with-trademark-law dept  —  The question over whether or not search engines can sell advertisements based on trademarked keywords is an old one that's been discussed countless times — in cases involving companies like Geico and American Blinds.
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gizmag.co.uk:
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
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
mobiledia.com:
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
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 / ZDNet.com:
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!
Read/WriteWeb:
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.
Discussion: Make Money Online …
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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
And Oranges  —  1. Most people, I suspect, can tell …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Is it the end for net neutrality?
Google Blogoscoped:
Add Google Calendar to Your Site
Joe / Techdirt:
No Driving While iPodding
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Why the Future is in South Korea
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Because we can  —  "When we say we want all the world's video …
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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
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mobiledia.com:
Energizer Launches Rapid Battery Charger for Cell Phones
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Valleywag:
Everybody's stalking: Accidental entrepreneur David Weekly sets …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Establishes Customer Council on Interoperability
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Windows Media Center Preview in Vista Beta 2
 

 
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