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1:10 AM ET, June 26, 2008

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Do you need to be a programmer to run a software company?  —  The parade of articles and blog posts on Bill Gates' legacy continue to roll out as Gates' last day as a full-time employee (June 27) rapidly approaches.  —  Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Fog Creek Software — and a one-time member …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions  —  Apple Inc. is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Questions document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Secure data wipe built into iPhone Software v2.0  —  Responding to concerns over the integrity of the iPhone's data reset methods, Apple has taken the extra step and built a more secure data wipe function into the next version of the handset's software, AppleInsider has learned.
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft's Yahoo strategy: Betting on Yang  —  As Yahoo continues to hammer out plans for a corporate reorganization, Steve Ballmer is still eying a possible search deal.  —  While Microsoft has “no interest” in buying all of Yahoo, top management is still contemplating whether to go back to Yahoo …
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Et Tu, Intel?  Chip Giant Won't Embrace Microsoft's Windows Vista  —  Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets.  Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.  —  The combination of a rush to publish and a low barrier to entry for microblogging makes posting quick notes to Twitter extremely tempting for people who are trying to break news.  In seconds, a rumor can be launched, whether true or not, and hit thousands.
CNN:
Telefonica Gets 300,000 Pre-orders For 3G iPhone In Spain, UK  —  ZARAGOZA -(Dow Jones)- Telefonica SA (TEF) has received 300,000 pre registrations in the U.K. and Spain to buy Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) new third- generation iPhone, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
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itmanagement.earthweb.com:
The Mouse Is Dead  —  You're probably using a mouse today, but you may never buy one again.  All the planets are aligning against this humble pointing device.  —  The computer mouse has long been associated with the PC, but in fact it was invented during the Kennedy administration (in 1963) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft  —  In a letter to shareholders that reminds me of the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang explain why it chose a search deal with Google over Microsoft.
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports First Quarter Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended May 31, 2008 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
RIM hammered on forecast for current quarter
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Mini-Feed Comments Today (Updated Screenshot)
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Business Wire:
Bell Canada Executive Patrick Pichette to Join Google Executive Team  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced that Patrick Pichette will be named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Most recently, Mr. Pichette served …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Oracle Blows Past the Street: Investors Have To Be Lovin' It  —  You look at Oracle, you see a company at nearly a 7-year-high, and you wonder whether the company was over-bought, and whether investors were getting a little ahead of themselves.  —  Nope.  —  Not only did Oracle  —  [ORCL Loading...
Discussion: BloggingStocks, CNBC and CNET News.com
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InfoWorld:
Oracle posts strong Q4, full-year results
Discussion: The Open Road and New York Times
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Microsoft, Google And Others Agree To Electronic Health Records Standard  —  In a move designed to prompt more people to store their medical records online, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and several others have agreed on privacy standards to protect patients' information.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Doesn't The FBI Have More Important Things To Do Than Chase Down The Guy Who Leaked The New Guns N' Roses Album?  —  There's this whole “war on terror” thing going on out there, and you'd think that folks in the FBI would be pretty busy taking care of their role in that.
Discussion: Listening Post
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Starbucks (SBUX) Dumping CDs, iTunes Gift Cards (AAPL)  —  Starbucks, which has been scaling back its once-grand ambitions to turn itself into an entertainment hub, is about to shrink its plans yet again.  We hear that by September, the chain will have dumped almost all of its in-store music retail offerings.
Associated Press:
Expanding the Internet Well Beyond .com  —  An Internet oversight agency is considering the first sweeping changes in the network's addressing system since its creation 25 years ago.  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, closing weeklong meetings in Paris …
 
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Lisa / TOKYOMANGO:
Some Basic Info on the Japanese Input System for the 3G iPhone
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Report: majority of world's malware originates from China
Discussion: Techdirt
Stephanie Clifford / Bits:
Publicis Launches Digital Media Initiative and Shakes Up Leadership
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Santa Ana / Business Week:
OC Register to outsource some editing to India
Keith Regan / E-Commerce Times:
Charter Scraps User-Tracking Plan After Privacy Outcry
Discussion: eWeek, Epicenter and Computerworld
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
T-Mobile's Home Phone Service Puts Vonage In Crosshairs (VG)
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Plan trips based on likes and dislikes with TripSay
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Mosso revamps cloud service tools
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Photoshop expert sings: Ctrl-J, yo!
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Performance and reliability update for Vista SP1 released
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Bloggers: Big Media Is Watching
Discussion: Signal to Noise and UMPC Buzz
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
I'm sticking with Windows XP
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold delayed on AT&T until at least mid-August!
 

 
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