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7:45 PM ET, June 27, 2008


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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Audio: Bill Gates says so long to Microsoft  —  Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer both fought back tears as they concluded a farewell event for the Microsoft co-founder on the company's Redmond campus this morning.  Ballmer presented Gates with a bound scrapbook of photos and memories …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Looking back and looking ahead: Bill Gates leaves Microsoft  —  Although describing things as the “end of an era” is something of a cliché, Bill Gates' departure from Microsoft today surely deserves the label.  Gates announced two years ago that he would be reducing his workload …
Gates bids farewell to Microsoft  —  Factbox: Microsoft's post-Gates leaders  —  INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS  —  FACTBOX  —  Who will fill Bill Gates' shoes?  —  Who will fill the void left by Bill Gates?  Erick Schonfeld, co-editor of TechCrunch, picks the leaders to watch.  Full Article
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
On the scene: Microsoft's farewell to Gates  —  Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates at the event.  (Photo: Microsoft.)  —  Microsoft is holding a town hall meeting here in Redmond this morning to send Bill Gates off into the new era of his life.  It starts about 9 a.m. It's clearly a big moment …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Will Fill Bill Gates' Shoes?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Gates' big-picture memos shaped Microsoft, changed tech world
Discussion: Lost Remote and Tech Tracks
David Garcia / Inside Google Desktop:
From the desktop to your TV  —  In the old days, we used to watch a simple device called a television.  Nowadays, all the stuff worth watching and listening to tends to be stored on or accessed through a computer.  To help remedy this, we are pleased to release the Google Media Server.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Plays With Your Living Room TV
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Google quickly, quietly becomes PC to TV bridge builder
The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Rogers Launches Flexible Price Packages for Apple iPhone 3G  —  Starting at $60 for voice and data combined TORONTO, June 27  —  TORONTO, June 27/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Rogers Wireless, Canada's  —  largest wireless carrier with Canada'sfastest wireless network, today announced a variety …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G plans, unlimited data isn't one of them  —  Here we have it, iPhone 3G pricing for our better mannered, gun-toting friends up north.  All the plans from Rogers Wireless require that lovely, three-year contract and include visual voicemail, free evenings and weekends …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
EXCELLENT HBR PIECE CHALLENGING THE LONG TAIL  —  Anita Elberse, a Harvard Business School associate professor, has a really interesting article in the new Harvard Business Review that analyzes some Long Tail data and challenges some of the theory's predictions.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Virgin Mobile USA buys Helio for $39 million  —  Virgin Mobile USA will pay $39 million in stock to buy operator Helio, the company said Friday.  —  The deal ends more than a month of speculation that the two troubled mobile virtual-network operators would combine forces.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
.rose  —  Identity just got more complicated.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to open up top-level domains to most any suffix we can imagine — from .com, .net, .org,, etc. to .anything.  So there will be an explosion in what we nerdily called the internet namespace.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
ICANN moves toward completely opening top-level domains
Discussion: TechSpot and Lockergnome
US Department of Justice:
Federal Jury Convicts High Ranking Web Site Administrator in Peer-to-Peer Piracy Crackdown  —  WASHINGTON - A federal jury in Big Stone Gap, Va., convicted Daniel Dove, 26, formerly of Clintwood, Va., on one count each of conspiracy and felony copyright infringement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich announced today.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple makes example of iPod repairman in lawsuit  —  The owner of an iPod repair shop is being sued by Apple for misuse of the coveted iPod trademark — and of allegedly manipulating Apple to both send him replacement units for free as well as tricking the electronics giant into repairing out-of-warranty iPods.
Discussion: iLounge, MacUser and Boy Genius Report
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
Yahoo re-org: A view from the ranks  —  When word first leaked last week about the coming reorganization at Yahoo (YHOO) my immediate reaction was, 'What, they didn't do that two years ago?'  I had the same reaction when the shell-game-type shuffling finally was announced Thursday.
Discussion: Bits and WebProNews
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Judge: Complaint Web Site Protected From Suit  —  A federal court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against the site, which posts people's complaints about retailers.  —  Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of Alexandria, Va., ruled that the site is protected from suit based …
Live Photos of HTC's Raphael - the Touch Pro  —  Gallery by Michael Oryl on Thursday June 26, 2008.  —  Note: Sponsored advertising links, if any, are in green.  —  At an informal meeting with HTC today, we were offered the chance to play around with HTC's famed Raphael smartphone, launched formally recently as the Touch Pro.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft fires shot across VMware bow with Hyper-V release  —  Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform today moved out of beta.  The RTM version is now available for download, and will be released to Windows Update on July 8.  Hyper-V, previously codenamed “Windows Server Virtualization” …
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