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1:30 PM ET, June 16, 2006


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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: InterMedia, M-Dollar and Kevin Maney
New York Times:
Gates to Cede Software Reins  —  REDMOND, Wash., June 15 — Three decades after he started Microsoft with the dream of placing a personal computer in every home and business, Bill Gates said Thursday that he would leave his day-to-day role there in two years.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
What Ozzie Can Do for Microsoft  —  Expect the new software czar …
Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Bill Gates: I'm not leaving Microsoft
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 …
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
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Where 2.0 Gives the World Meaning  —  SAN JOSE, California (37°19'58.28"N 121°53'22.00"W ) — At O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0 conference this week, an odd mix of people gathered and gawked at a tiny spy plane mounted on a display table.  Some wore the understated ties of government bureaucrats …
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
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft developing a rival to Apple's iPod  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) is developing a music and video device to compete with Apple's iPod and creating its own music service to rival Apple's iTunes, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.
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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 …
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal Security Flaw allows Identity Theft  —  A security flaw in the PayPal web site is being actively exploited by fraudsters to steal credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to PayPal users.  The issue was reported to Netcraft today via our anti-phishing toolbar.
Wade Roush /
Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines  —  Hewlett-Packard is adapting fans from radio-controlled jets to relieve heat-stressed computer servers.  —  The computer servers that fill huge data centers are producing more heat with every new generation of processors.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Schmidt Talks On Staying In China, GBuy & More  —  Conde Nast Portfolio, a new business magazine out next year, landed a nice coup of having Eric Schmidt speak yesterday at its launch party (Schmidt's also apparently set to be one of the first profiles in the new magazine).
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
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 …
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.
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
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
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Mark / Automated Home:
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Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Sued Over Its Google Ads (Yes, You Read That Right)
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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