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5:25 AM ET, June 25, 2008

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant  —  Sometimes, software isn't so magical.  Even for Bill Gates.  —  For the opening piece in our series on Gates leaving daily life at Microsoft, one goal was to give a clear picture of the Microsoft co-founder's role inside the company, as a gauge of the impact his departure will have.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Welcoming Bijan and Jeff  —  We're happy to announce two new members of our investment team: Bijan Sabet with Spark Capital in Boston and Jeff Bezos of Bezos Expeditions in Seattle.  Bijan has also accepted a seat on our board of directors.  We're looking forward to the guidance and advice both will bring to Twitter.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Can Twitter become ubiquitous?
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Amazon.com's Call Option on Twitter
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Microsoft And Yahoo Talks Back On  —  We've got multiple sources at both Yahoo and Microsoft telling us that official talks are back on between the two companies.  But we're hearing something different than CNET - the talks are about a full buyout again, not a sweetened search-only deal.
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Internet for Everyone campaign aims to bridge digital divide  —  An all-star panel of Internet academics, activists, and entrepreneurs gathered at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York today to launch Internet for Everyone, a campaign calling for a national broadband policy to bridge the “digital divide.”
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Josh / Redeye VC:
The Death of Stealth Mode  —  D Seeing how attacking startup lawyers seems to be en vogue this month, let's put this post in the category of “Things I wish lawyers told their startup clients.”  —  Here's a situation I see all the time:  —  A pre-launch, stealth-mode company just closes a seed round of funding.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Android Expectations … More about Google's (and their Android team's) motivation and goals than about specific details of the platform, but interesting.  —  One thing I should make clear, given some of the email I've gotten this week, is that I'm rooting for Android, big-time.
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Can Android Vanquish the iPhone (and Walk on Water)?
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers  —  Lawyers who sued the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas profess to be shocked, simply shocked, that few people who bought the game were offended by sex scenes buried in its software.  —  Any buyer upset about hidden sex …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Vint Cerf, ‘Father of the Internet’: “Online Video Will Be Distributed in Download Mode”  —  Vint Cerf, a computer scientist who is most often called the “father of the Internet,” says that the popularity and demand for online video will mean that the distribution will eventually be done …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Evri Beta Launches: Search Less - Understand More  —  Evri, a Paul Allen backed semantic search engine, is launching into a limited beta tonight.  Evri was first shown publicly at the D6 conference.  Evri's CEO Neil Roseman likes to talk about Evri in terms of organizing content instead of calling it a search engine.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Internet Provider Halts Plan to Track, Sell Users' Surfing Data  —  Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, announced yesterday that it has backed off a plan to monitor customers' Internet transmissions.  —  The company had been planning to harvest …
Discussion: CircleID, Techdirt and Web Worker Daily
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Associated Press:
Charter Won't Track Customers' Web Use
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Ad Planner Getting Its Data From The Google Toolbar?  —  The recent launch of Google Trends for Websites was just a dress rehearsal.  The real product that it is based on is Google Ad Planner, which the company announced today.  Google Ad Planner is built for ad buyers who want to decide where to place their ads.
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete  —  “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”  —  So proclaimed statistician George Box 30 years ago, and he was right.  But what choice did we have?  Only models, from cosmological equations to theories of human behavior …
communities.hp.com:
Finding SQL Injection with Scrawlr  —  You have likely been tracking the mass SQL Injections that are currently sweeping through the net.  Just last night I was shopping on www.ihomeaudio.com when I noticed they had been injected (they have since fixed their site).  HP started to observe these attacks in January.
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Eclipse will be watching you very closely  —  To Io and beyond...  The Eclipse Foundation wants to know who is using Eclipse and how they are using it ahead of next year's planned mega release.  —  One of the main innovations in the Eclipse Foundation's Ganymede synchronized release …
Discussion: eWeek and Z Trek
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - June, 2008  —  20TB of new imagery....laughable compared to the 69TB+ from May's Virtual Earth Imagery Release; then again, when's the last time you transferred 20TB of data? :)  —  Here's the list for June:  —  Orthos (Microsoft UltraCam)  — Toledo, OH
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile's home phone service goes nationwide  —  T-Mobile USA plans to announce Wednesday that its new @Home voice service will be available nationwide starting July 2.  —  The cell phone operator has been testing the new Internet telephony service since February in Dallas and Seattle.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft expanding Mac team ahead of new products  —  Microsoft's Mac Business last week kicked off the largest hiring spree in its history as the group prepares to accelerate development of a new wave of software products for Apple users.  —  “The Mac BU at Microsoft is growing …
 
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Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
Virgin Mobile USA to buy SK Telecom's U.S. unit: report
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and CrunchGear
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
PhoneFusion Brings Enhanced Visual Voicemail to BlackBerry
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple following iPod, PS2 model to sell 23m iPhones in one year
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Overhaul, Disney.com Seeks a Path to More Fun
Discussion: paidContent.org
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How is technology changing the world of Washington D.C.?
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Testing Powerboost Technology …
Discussion: Geek News Central
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could iPhone smoke the Kindle?
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About Loren Feldman & Michael Arrington
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York: More Geeks Here Than Silicon Valley
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Suit accuses Google of trade secret theft
Discussion: Epicenter and TechSpot
Gerry / Canonical Blog:
Ubuntu MID Edition 8.04 achieves its first public release
Sarah Lacy:
What LinkedIn Doubters Need to Know
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Tiny XP Rev 09: Windows XP with cuise control
Discussion: InfoWorld
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