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1:05 PM ET, June 27, 2008


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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer iTunes Remote Control App for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  Apple released a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 for developers tonight.  In the Read Me of the iTunes installer is a hint at a previously unannounced iPhone/iPod Touch application:
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 …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Bill Gates bows out (mostly) at Microsoft
Discussion: MSNBC and Digg
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Gates' big-picture memos shaped Microsoft, changed tech world
Discussion: Lost Remote and Tech Tracks
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProBlog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:   Blockbusters stomp on the long tail, Harvard study finds
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.
Discussion: Electronista
Naomi Gleit / Blog do Facebook:
He/She/They: Grammar and Facebook.  —  As Facebook grows in other languages, we are learning a lot about what the “Facebook Experience” is like for people around the world.  One of the first challenges was getting words that are really long in other languages to fit on the screen properly.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and Inside Facebook
Caroline McCarthy /   Facebook ‘gender policy’ has grammar in mind
Pete / Blogger in Draft:
Updates and Bug Fixes for June 26th  —  Today's Blogger release is a big one for Blogger in Draft.  Let's lead off with the quick stuff:  — Google Gadget integration continues to improve, with better editing of gadget preferences.  — The new look for the Dashboard has seen a handful of tweaks …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons Why Vista Isn't That Bad  —  Of all the ware Microsoft churns out from its sweatshop of “lightning bolt, lightning bolt” nerds, Windows is the one most inexorably tied to the public image of the company.  As Bill Gates leaves the building, we look back on the last baby birthed …
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
New Google search results pages for BlackBerry users  —  Two weeks ago we updated our mobile homepage in the US so that it would load more quickly.  Today, we're releasing in the US a number of improvements to our mobile search results pages for BlackBerry browsers.
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” …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Compulsory Licenses Are Bad: A Look At The Sausage Making Process  —  When discussing things like patents and copyright, oftentimes someone suggests that “compulsory licensing” is a solution that solves all the problems.  I tend to have serious problems with compulsory licensing plans …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Verizon's fiber guru talks strategy  —  There's no question that Verizon Communications hit a home run with its aggressive fiber strategy.  —  The fiber-to-the-home network called Fios has enabled Verizon to supercharge broadband speeds and compete against cable in the TV market.
Discussion: DSLreports
Financial Times:
New king of the US wireless jungle says he is hunter, not prey  —  Ivan Seidenberg is getting irritated.  The combative chairman and chief executive of Verizon Communications bridles at suggestions that the seemingly inexorable consolidation of the telecoms industry could one day swallow up his own company.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Shoaib Makani / Google Mobile Blog:
An easier way to get started with Google Mobile  —  As we've added more and more products to the Google Mobile lineup, our users have asked for an easier way to learn how to get started with Google on their phones.  We've listened closely to the feedback and are happy to announce the launch …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Pixar Pixie Dust
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G plans, unlimited data isn't one of them
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Eee PC 901, 1000(H) to hit the US on July 8th
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: WebProNews
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Fhauge / Opera Community:
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J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft To Buy Mobile Services Company MobiComp
Discussion: WMExperts and PalmAddicts
Americans Conducted Nearly 7 Million Searches for the Apple iPhone …
Marcelo Almeida / Zone-H syndication:
Nokia injects individuality and style into new Supernova range
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Most Powerful Visualization System Ever Is Faster than 600 Consoles
Discussion: Engadget, WinBeta and Digg