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3:15 PM ET, June 18, 2006

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Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Bill Gates' Legacy: Microsoft's Top 10 Flops  —  Gates will be remembered as a visionary and PC industry leader.  But even Microsoft's Chairman hasn't been right in all of his bets.  —  The Chairman isn't always right.  —  While Microsoft's outgoing Chief Software Architect Bill Gates …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Lieutenants Look Ahead, Hoping to Avoid Other Companies' Mistakes  —  Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, right, with senior company executives Ray Ozzie, left, and Craig Mundie on Friday in Redmond, Wash.  —  REDMOND, Wash., June 16 — Microsoft stands astride the computing world …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
After Bill, Who?  —  Now that Bill Gates has made it official …
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merged.ca:
STEP-BY-STEP: HOW TO GET BILLIONS OF PAGES INDEXED BY GOOGLE  —  As most SEOs know, MSN loves the subdomains.  You can make hundreds of keyworded subdomains and MSN will think quite highly of the pages.  Same goes for blogspot and other blogs- they do very well on MSN and sometimes on Yahoo.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
AT&T offers broadband by itself Unpublicized DSL service won't save subscribers much  —  AT&T quietly rolled out standalone DSL broadband service for the first time this week, giving consumers the choice to drop their home phone land lines.  —  But before you get rid of your home phone line …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's the users, dummy!  —  TechCrunch reports that Flickr's APIs are not open to competitive sites.  This means closing the APIs to Flickr users who want an easy way to use their content in another, competitive environment.  —  This will be on-topic in two back-to-back sessions at BloggerCon next week …
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Times of London:
No sex please, robot, just clean the floor  —  THE race is on to keep humans one step ahead of robots: an international team of scientists and academics is to publish a "code of ethics" for machines as they become more and more sophisticated.  —  Although the nightmare vision …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hack Day: Pure Innovation  —  Yahoo Hack Day, held on Friday in Building C of Yahoo Headquarters (and remotely from other Yahoo offices worldwide), helped me remember why so many of us are excited about what's happening on the web today.  After you peel away all of the extraneous layers …
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Warren St. John / New York Times:
And You're So Funny?  Write My Script  —  IT is a thought that has surely raced through the mind of almost every performer who has ever been heckled, booed, mocked or made to feel unappreciated by an audience: "Let's see you do better."  —  Now a Brooklyn entertainer named Ze Frank is doing something about it.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dog brain in a dish plays Quake 3: Arena  —  Don't get all PETA on us, we're just the messenger, but a University of Texas scientist has grown a living "brain" in a petri dish using 50,000 nerve cells from a dog.  We're sure there are many noble things to be done with a brain in a dish …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
Skype and Vonage: Can You Hear The VoIP Bubble Bursting?  —  It's looking more and more as if the VoIP hype bubble is going the way of the Internet bubble.  Skype, bought for up to $4.1 billion by eBay, is turning out to be a bad investment, and as for the Vonage IPO …
John R. Delaney / laptopmag.com:
Sony VAIO VGN-AR190G  —  Sony's revamped multimedia flagship is the first notebook to boast Blu-ray disc technology.  —  Price: $3499.50  —  Not only is Sony's new VAIO VGN-AR190G Digital Studio the first notebook to feature Blu-ray technology, it's also one of the best equipped multimedia notebooks around.
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Finance Sites: Yahoo Leads, Google Lags  —  Google's site has not yet gained the popularity to challenge other financial sites.  —  U.S. residents looking for financial news and information online overwhelmingly prefer Yahoo's Yahoo Finance, while Google's Google Finance has failed so far …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and IT Facts
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft loses appeal in Office patent spat  —  A U.S. appeals court has upheld a ruling that Microsoft's Office software infringes on a Guatemalan inventor's technology, lawyers for the inventor said Friday.  —  Morrison & Foerster said that on Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Applies For DVR PPV Patent  —  The USPTO has just published TiVo's Method and apparatus for secure transfer of previously broadcasted content and Method and apparatus for secure transfer and playback of multimedia content patent applications.  Within the documents TiVo describes several methods …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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