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10:00 AM ET, April 25, 2006

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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steps down at Sun  —  update Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy has stepped down as chief executive, and has been replaced by President Jonathan Schwartz, the company said Monday.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.
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Bloomberg:
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
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.
Dan Goodin / Associated Press:   SUN CEO Steps Down After 22 Years at Helm
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   McNealy yields CEO role to Schwartz at Sun
press.nokia.com:
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: Engadget
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press.nokia.com:
Nokia Introduces the Next Story in Video with the Nokia N93  —  Digital camcorder and multimedia computer in one easy-to-use compact package  —  Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, China - Nokia today introduced the Nokia N93, the ultimate mobile device for spontaneous video recording.
press.nokia.com:
Digitally Divine Nokia N73 - the Ultimate Challenge to the Digital Camera
Discussion: Engadget
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (and more) Available  —  This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie.  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.
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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: Business Filter and TechBeat
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Business Week:   It's Not All Fun And Games
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Virtual Land, Real Money
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Heather Forsgren Weaver / rcrnews.com:
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Powers College Campus Communication  —  The Windows Live @ edu program brings e-mail - with an institution's own domain name, massive mailbox sizes and bonuses such as blogging and instant messaging services - to colleges and universities around the world.
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.
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Great Microsoft Blunder  —  Internet Explorer is a dead albatross.  —  I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft's entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Download Squad
Susan / The 360:
Yahoo Catching Google Where It Hurts  —  Google may remain the search leader, but Yahoo is catching up where it counts — in clickthroughs.  Today, comScore qSearch provided updated information in clickthrough rates for Google and Yahoo.  —  No surprise, Google still outpaces Yahoo in search …
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Next steps for BitTorrent  —  Early this year, I put my stake in the ground and said: "There's no doubt that when we write the year-end pieces for 2006, BitTorrent is going to be at or near the top of the list of technologies that made a difference."  I stand by the prediction.  —  Recent milestones
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Voidstar
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Toyota Aims Young, Sponsors Fox Spinoff For Cellphone Screens  —  Toyota Motor Corp. is trying to break out of the TV ad prison.  —  In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Toyota Motor and News Corp.'s Fox network plan to announce today that they have cut an extensive deal for the auto company to sponsor …
Discussion: Julie Ask, AdJab and Adrants
Andrew Lavallee / TwinCities.com:
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 …
Discussion: textually.org
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 …
 
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