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10:35 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 …
Bill Gates: top ten greatest hits (and misses) - the Microsoft years  —  Damn, Bill, you have come a LONG way.  Look at you there back in '82, you handsome devil.  As part of our tribute, let's take a quick look back at the top ten greatest (and not so great) products created on Bill-time, shall we?
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 …
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
Discussion: Tech Tracks and New York Times
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
PR Newswire:
Rogers Launches Flexible Price Packages for Apple iPhone 3G  —  Starting at $60 for voice and data combined  —  Rogers Wireless, Canada's largest wireless carrier with Canada's fastest wireless network, today announced a variety of voice and data pricing plans for the much-anticipated Apple …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register, Slyck and Slashdot
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: WebProNews and Bits
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.
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
AT&T Moves to Dallas, But Is That an Improvement?  —  AT&T is getting new digs in Dallas.  —  Since 1992, the communications giant has been headquartered in downtown San Antonio, Texas, not far from the city's famous Riverwalk — which, on a hot muggy afternoon, resembles something like a theater set from …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI Music Sues Hi5, VideoEgg and Ten Defendants To Be Named Later  —  EMI, which is looking less like a music label and more like a lawsuit label, is at it again.  This afternoon they filed a lawsuit alleging “massive and blatant” copyright infringement by Hi5, VideoEgg and ten John Doe defendants to be named later.
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
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