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5:15 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 …
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
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: Baseline and Tech Tracks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Who Will Fill Bill Gates' Shoes?
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Gates' big-picture memos shaped Microsoft, changed tech world
Discussion: Lost Remote and Tech Tracks
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Bill Gates bows out (mostly) at Microsoft
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC, ExtremeTech and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Joseph Weisenthal /
Virgin Mobile Acquiring MVNO Helio For A Paltry $39M In Equity …
Discussion: Engadget, and Valleywag
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
ICANN moves toward completely opening top-level domains  —  One of the biggest news items this week, according to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), could result in the biggest expansion to the Internet in forty years.  —  ICANN unanimously voted in favor …
Discussion: TechSpot and Lockergnome
IDG News Service:
Hackers Hijack Critical Internet Organizations
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” …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mashups: Google's Adoption Makes oAuth a Must Have for All Apps  —  Open standard based user authentication protocol oAuth has now been implemented across all Google Data APIs, quickly offering this young standard for easy mashups more market validation than it's ever had before.
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.
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
Mathew /
Memo to Jakob Lodwick: Grow up  —  At the risk of writing about two “High School 2.0″ blogosphere situations in one week (the first one being the Loren Feldman and Shel Israel brouhaha), I couldn't help but notice that Jakob Lodwick — the brash young millionaire co-founder of Vimeo …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet The Man Behind Facebook's Most Useless - And Popular - Apps  —  You've probably never heard of Blake Commagere.  But if you're on Facebook, you've almost certainly seen his work.  Blake's the guy behind the Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires and Slayers apps, which means he's …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tribune Owner Sam Zell: I Bought A Terrible Business
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple makes example of iPod repairman in lawsuit
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Internet Explorer ‘feature’ causing drive-by malware attacks
Discussion: StopBadware Blog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Sprint?  —  Like the headline says...what's up with Sprint Nextel (S)?
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
Yahoo re-org: A view from the ranks
Discussion: Bits
Michael Kitchen / MarketWatch:
China Mobile says way cleared for iPhone: report
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
iPhone fixation vs. Britney Spears fever and Barack Obama mania
Chuck Squatriglia / Autopia:
VW Rolls Out a Backward Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
ConnectU founders score spots on U.S. Olympic rowing team
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Pixar Pixie Dust
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TinyPaste: Like TinyURL...for Text
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Shoaib Makani / Google Mobile Blog:
An easier way to get started with Google Mobile
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hurley: YouTube Looking for Affiliate Revenue Streams
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Verizon's fiber guru talks strategy
Discussion: DailyTech and DSLreports
Naomi Gleit / Blog do Facebook:
He/She/They: Grammar and Facebook.