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4:52 AM ET, April 25, 2006


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Stephen Shankland / CNET
McNealy steps down at Sun  —  update Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy has stepped down as chief executive, and has been replaced by President Jonathan Schwartz, the company said Monday.  —  McNealy, who will remain as chairman, was one of four co-founders of Sun 24 years ago and has been CEO for the last 22 of those.
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
Scott McNealy steps down as Sun CEO  —  Sun Microsystems announced Monday that its longtime chief executive Scott McNealy is stepping down from the helm and will be succeeded by the struggling computer and software company's No. 2 executive, Jonathan Scwhartz.
Discussion: and TechSpot
Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount (Update3)  —  April 24 (Bloomberg) — Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.  —  McNealy, 51, will remain chairman, Santa Clara, California- based Sun said today in a statement.
Discussion: Valleywag and deal architect
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
McNealy yields CEO role to Schwartz at Sun  —  Scott McNealy stepped Sun CEO after 22 years at the helm, replaced by President and COO Jonathan Schwartz today, after the company announced its quarterly results.  McNealy will remain as chairman.  "Jonathan has risen to the top of the class …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Second Life on the Cover of Business Week  —  Second Life (which as you know has been a favorite of the Radar for some time) has made the cover of Business Week.  On Saturday, at the Maker Faire, Beth Goza of Second Life excitedly showed me the magazine, turning to the table of contents …
Discussion: TechBeat and Web Strategy
Business Week:   It's Not All Fun And Games
Business Week:
Virtual Land, Real Money
Discussion: Slashdot
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (and more) Available  —  This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at  This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition.
IEBlog:   Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2
Paul Thurrott /
Windows Vista Build 5365 Review  —  Late Friday night, Microsoft finally posted the Windows Vista interim build I promised was on the way (here and here).  Windows Vista build 5365 follows build 5342 (see my screenshot gallery) by almost exactly a month and will be the final interim build Microsoft issues …
Ed Oswald /
Microsoft Details Vista's Media Features
Discussion: Andre and Windows Vista Weblog
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Apple Chomps Into Forbidden Fruit: Ads  —  Set to Accept Podcast Ads on iTunes  —  NEW YORK ( — Coming soon to iTunes: ads.  Apple — a brand that prides itself on the purity of the user experience — will soon put up billboards on its popular iTunes service, according to content partners who have been briefed on the plan.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
UPDATED WITH INTERVIEW: LANZONE NOW CEO OF ASK  —  So, re-read this interview from last week.  Congrats Jim!  If only I knew then what we know now...working on getting a few updates from His CEO-ness...  Release here.  —  Update: Jim was kind enough to answer three questions before he left for SES Italy …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Heather Forsgren Weaver /
Aloha joins mobile-TV game via Hiwire  —  WASHINGTON—Hiwire, a newly minted subsidiary of Aloha Partners L.P., is planning to join competitors MediaFlo and Modeo L.L.C. in offering mobile TV using dedicated spectrum.  —  Aloha Partners, backed by several wealthy investors with histories …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
New York Times, Others Coming to an e-Reader Near You Soon?  —  While the idea of actually holding onto a newspaper may still be appealing to some, those of us living in the year 2006 may want to give the tradition of reading the morning paper a little bit of an upgrade.
Amy Gahran / Poynter Online:
Dave Winer: Amateurs Have More Integrity  —  Last Thursday, the mega-popular videoblog Rocketboom featured an interview with the prickly genius who played a key role in developing many popular new-media tools (such as feeds, OPML and podcasting), Dave Winer.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog
The Internet Stock Blog:
Netflix, Inc. Q1 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (NFLX)  —  Executives  —  Reed Hastings - Chief Executive Officer  —  Barry McCarthy - Chief Financial Officer  —  Deborah Crawford - Director, Investor Relations  —  Analysts  —  Lloyd for Gordon Hodge - Thomas Weisel Partners
O'Reilly Network:
O'Reilly Radar: The Executive Briefing  —  As a new feature at OSCON 2006, Tim O'Reilly and Matt Asay are organizing a special executive briefing, giving a limited number of attendees an exclusive opportunity to meet with innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies that are currently on the O'Reilly Radar.
Discussion: Open Sources
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Rambus wins $306 million from Hynix  —  Rambus has beaten Hynix Semiconductor in its patent infringement case, with a court ordering its rival to pay $306.5 million in damages.  —  A jury found that Hynix had infringed 10 of Rambus' patents in a verdict announced on Monday in U.S. district court …
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How Microsoft can shut down Mini-Microsoft  —  Disclaimer, I have not shown this post to anyone, particularly my employer, er Microsoft.  The ideas it contains are not vetted, and probably won't agree with anyone else's ideas.  —  OK, maybe you haven't heard about Mini-Microsoft yet …
Carlo / Techdirt:
RIAA, Again, Sues Family Without A Computer  —  Not that they're breaking any new ground, but the RIAA has again managed to sue a family for file sharing despite the fact that they don't have a computer (via Broadband Reports).  As we've pointed out before, cases like this underline …
Electronic golfball finder  —  April 23, 2006 We've written about a few golfball finding mechanisms in our time, but none are as expensive or as accurate as the BallFinder SCOUT.  The device exhibits an astonishing capability in digital imaging and tracking technology, using a video-based camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Katie / Shiny Shiny:
Ladybag: Reminds you to pick up your possessions  —  Anyone who happens to be looking out of the window when I leave the house will almost without fail see me running back towards the front door minutes later.  That's usually how long it takes me to realise I've forgotten my phone/money/makeup …
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Help Save OUR Internet! Take part in the "Save the Net" Contest
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Video Handsets Mostly Just Used as Phones
Discussion: MobileCrunch and thinkd2c
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
Maker Faire (Part 2)
Joe / Techdirt:
Inflated MySpace Page Views Explain 10-Cent CPMs
Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Four Months Later, In-Q-Tel Again Needs New CEO
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Tom Coates /
On Pokemonetisation...