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6:06 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Beyond Binary and LiveSide
Reuters:
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
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.
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Google enters the PC to TV arena  —  Google today made its own contribution to solving the PC to TV problem with the release of Google Media Server.  The Windows-only software works in conjunction with Google's desktop search application - Google Desktop - to locate various media (photos …
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 …
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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 News.com:
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Virgin Mobile Acquiring MVNO Helio For A Paltry $39M In Equity …
Discussion: Engadget, mocoNews.net and Valleywag
Zhu Shenshen / ShanghaiDaily.com:
Apple plans a core for Beijing  —  APPLE Inc will open a retail store in Beijing this summer, its first shop on the Chinese mainland, to attract fans of iPod, Mac computers and perhaps iPhones.  —  Apple's new store will open in the Sanlitun, a fashionable bar area of the capital city …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Judge: Complaint Web Site Protected From Suit  —  A federal court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against the site ConsumerAffairs.com, which posts people's complaints about retailers.  —  Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of Alexandria, Va., ruled that the site is protected from suit based …
Discussion: Business Technology
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Are Web Sites Responsible For Their Commenters? No, Thank God
Discussion: Valleywag
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, .co.uk, etc. to .anything.  So there will be an explosion in what we nerdily called the internet namespace.
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
ICANN moves toward completely opening top-level domains
Discussion: TechSpot and Lockergnome
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tribune Owner Sam Zell: I Bought A Terrible Business  —  Tribune Co. boss Sam Zell paid a visit to CNBC's “Squawk Box” this morning.  He's looking for some advertisers (seen any?) and says it's his job to deliver some painful reality to the struggling newspaper business.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Deal Journal
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Elevator Pitches, Now Ready For Your Uploads  —  Earlier this month we launched Elevator Pitches, a site for startup CEOs and founders to upload a 60-second video explaining what their companies do and how they make money.  As I explained in the launch post, the idea is to create a repository …
Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are iPhone app devs getting a raw deal?  —  We mentioned yesterday a rumor that Apple won't cut a check for iPhone application developers until the dev's share of the sales tops $250.  A lot of commenters were upset about this, if it's true: TomWBrowning said “So if you make an app that costs $1 …
Discussion: iLounge
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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