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4:05 AM ET, June 28, 2008

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Engadget:
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?
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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 …
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: HipMojo.com, GigaOM and Gizmodo
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Looking back and looking ahead: Bill Gates leaves Microsoft
Reuters:
Gates bids farewell to Microsoft
Discussion: Tech Tracks and New York Times
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed  —  A key feature of Twitter has been down most of this week: Replies.  The core Twitter service itself is alive, but the team took the Reply feature down on Tuesday when the service started to slow.
Discussion: TechTicker
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Will The Last One Turn Off The Lights?  —  For practically the last work week, the “replies” tab in Twitter has been out of service.  People in the know began to push users over to the Summize service to see the replies.  What I don't understand is why Twitter doesn't change the link …
Discussion: Mashable! and WinExtra
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.
Quentin Carnicelli / Under The Microscope:
Announcing LiveDiscKit  —  Way back in January, we showed off LiveDisc for Macworld San Francisco.  We got a number of requests from other developers looking to use it themselves.  At the time we just said “maybe”, and then everyone went home from Macworld and proceeded to forget about it.
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 …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Chad Hurley: How We Did It  —  YouTube CEO Chad Hurley, not known for being especially candid (especially now that he's under the lock and key of Google PR!) gave an unusual address last night at a startup dinner in Palo Alto where he detailed the story of YouTube.  We caught the talk on video.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Princeton University to publish Kindle textbooks  —  Another prestigious school is embracing Amazon's Kindle e-reader.  —  Princeton University has announced that it will start printing Kindle-edition textbooks this fall, according to a story in The Christian Science Monitor.
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.
Discussion: P2P Blog
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Venture Investors Wrap Up an Unusually Bleak Quarter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — So far this has been a challenging year for companies hoping to go public.  But it has been even rougher on venture capitalists who were hoping to get a big payday from such an offering.
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
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 …
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Meet Tech Teentrepreneur Daniel Brusilovsky  —  Dropping out of college to launch your own company?  Yawn.  The real startup action is in the halls of your local high school.  Case in point: Daniel Brusilovsky, the 15-year-old founder and CEO (yes, the CEO) of TeensinTech.com.
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
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.
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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