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3:34 AM ET, June 17, 2006


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Mathew Ingram /
Gates to leave MSFT — ho hum  —  "Gates leaving Microsoft" makes for a nice headline, and plenty of speculation and commentary over at techmeme, but it doesn't really bear any relationship to reality.  For one thing, Bill isn't leaving his "day-to-day role" (whatever that really is) …
New York Times:
Gates to Cede Software Reins
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
What Ozzie Can Do for Microsoft  —  Expect the new software czar …
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Confirms Excel Zero-Day Attack Under Way  —  Microsoft June 15 confirmed that a new, undocumented flaw in its widely used Excel spreadsheet program was being used in an attack against an unnamed target.  —  The company's warning comes less than a month after a code-execution hole …
Discussion: TechSpot and
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:   Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
DSL strikes a chord with frugal shoppers  —  A new kind of digital divide is emerging in the U.S. broadband market.  —  On one side are middle-income and price-sensitive households, which tend to favor DSL service offered by phone companies.  On the other are more affluent families …
Discussion: TechEffect
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Heading to the BBC  —  I'll be on the BBC in a little more than an hour as part of its "NewsNight" show.  What are we talking about?  Bill Gates.  —  What am I going to say?  He's the smartest guy I've ever met.  Read Joel Spolsky's "BillG review" meeting notes to get a little insight.
Chris Pirillo:
Gnomedex Keynote: Senator John Edwards  —  Just when you thought Gnomedex couldn't get any better, Senator John Edwards signs on as our Keynote.  The senator is a long-standing supporter of technology - including podcasting and blogging.  Every year, we wonder how we're going to top ourselves.
Discussion: Lockergnome
Anne Broache / CNET
Politicos mull action against patent system abusers  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. politicians appeared sympathetic on Thursday to tech companies' cries for help combating what are commonly called "patent trolls"—companies that supposedly hold patents for no reason other than coaxing inflated settlements out of wealthy corporations.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya unleashing API to integrate its visual search into apps  —  Riya CEO Munjal Shah has been blogging about his company's shift in strategy, moving from a focus on face recognition to visual Web search (see also my post from May 16 and recent posts from Mike Arrington and Matt Marshall, among others).
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.
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.
Discussion: TechSpot
CyberHome DVD Recorders Seized  —  San Jose, Calif. — A task force of local, state and federal agencies seized more than 20,000 CyberHome-brand DVD recorders that allegedly use Philips patents without a license.  —  CyberHome U.S.A. of Fremont, Calif., markets DVD players, DVD recorders, portable DVD players and a handful of LCD TVs.
Discussion: Engadget
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Announcing Software Patent of the Week  —  As regular readers of TLF know, I'm not a big fan of software patents.  The more I learn about them, the more I'm amazed at the sheer scope of the problem.  Every month, thousands of new software patents are issued.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
Live Favorites:
Live Favorites - Beta No More!  —  Live Favorites V1 is Released!  —  We, the Live Favorites Team, are happy to announce that as of today Live Favorites is officially released as a V1 product... Beta No more!  —  A little while ago we put into production our final V1 service and web site.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.4.7 to deliver audio fixes, more  —  An update to Apple Computer's Mac OS X Tiger operating system due within a matter of days will deliver audio enhancements for several of the company's applications, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Specifically, people who claim to have tested …
Joris Evers / CNET
Online threats outpacing law crackdowns  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Authorities are cracking down on phishing and botnets, but the threats are advancing instead of diminishing, two law enforcement officials said.  —  Cybercrooks are organizing better and moving to more sophisticated tactics …
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture:
Five minutes to develop an application?  Way too slow  —  Would you entrust your enterprise operations to an application built in five minutes?  (Okay, ten minutes, counting testing and quality assurance.)  —  IBM just posted a release pertaining to a keynote speech by Rod Smith …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Checkout preparing to launch  —  Google Checkout — what the press calls GBuy — is getting closer to launch.  Just minutes ago, was given a CNAME record pointing to which resolves to a ton of IP addresses.  This probably means …
Edge Online:
A BUG'S LIFE  —  Is it still worth hunting bugs for a living - at the risk of being treated like an insect - for your break in the videogame industry?  —  "You are not playing games."  While researching the life and times of the modern-day games tester for this article …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Kotaku
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
JWT Puts a 'Roadblock' on Huffington Post
Discussion: Techdirt and AdJab
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Averatec's 10.6-inch AV1150 ultra-portable notebook
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iLiad's iRex e-reader goes on sale online
Discussion: TeleRead
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Dan Rather Considering Offer From Mark Cuban
Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
Robot Strider walks on water and, eventually, land
Social Networking Sites Continue to Attract Record Numbers …
Time to Switch?  —  Early this month, Mark Pilgrim made waves …
 Earlier Items: 
Wade Roush /
Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Schmidt Talks On Staying In China, GBuy & More
Lunch over IP:
More cell phones than people
Discussion: and 21talks
Mark / Automated Home:
ADSL Bonding - How To and Review
Discussion: 21talks
George Ou /
How to jam your neighbor's Wi-Fi legally
Mike / Techdirt:
Yahoo Sued Over Its Google Ads (Yes, You Read That Right)
Eli Milchman / Wired News:
Yahoo 'Strictest' Censor in China