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8:05 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steps down at Sun  —  update Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy has stepped down as chief executive, and has been replaced by President Jonathan Schwartz, the company said Monday.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.
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 Goodin / Associated Press:
SUN CEO Steps Down After 22 Years at Helm  —  Scott McNealy, Often-Acerbic Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, Steps Down As CEO After 22 Years  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scott McNealy, the often outspoken co-founder of Sun Microsystems Inc. and one of Microsoft Corp.'s most vocal critics …
Discussion: Techdirt
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   McNealy yields CEO role to Schwartz at Sun
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IE7 Beta 2 Ships
IEBlog:   Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2
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
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 …
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Microsoft Vista's Endless Security Warnings
Discussion: Boing Boing
Ed Oswald /
Microsoft Details Vista's Media Features
Discussion: Andre and Windows Vista Weblog
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.
Andrew Lavallee /
E-therapy  —  More people are turning to instant messaging and online therapy for a range of mental health issues because they're fast and anonymous.  —  Wall Street Journal  —  Instant messaging, favored by chatting teens and office gossips, is a growing tool for therapists counseling people …
Meet the Nokia N72: the Multimedia Computer that Looks as Good as It Performs  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today revealed the Nokia N72, a sleek and stylish new addition to the Nokia Nseries range.  In pearl pink or gloss black, this compact package has high-perfomance multimedia …
Discussion: Phone Scoop, Lifeblog and Engadget
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: pc4media and InsideMicrosoft
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.
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 …
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Google Maps Gets Huge Satellite Update from Google Earth  —  Last Friday Google updated the satellite data used for Google Maps so it now has the many updates recently made to the Google Earth database.  This means the new high resolution data for all of Germany, many places in Europe …
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 …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Skype Waiting To Pounce On iTunes  —  If it was inferred in the post last week about Skype's revenue growth that we doubted Skype's prospects, we take it all back.  Skype's plans have made believers out of us, as the eBay unit has now signed a deal with EMI Music Publishing that paves …
'Lost' Game Lets Fans Hunt for Clues  —  Mysteries of Castaways' Island to Be Revealed in Interactive Challenge  —  April 24, 2006 — "Lost" fans around the world will get a chance to start unlocking secrets about the mysterious island that has become an international obsession.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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