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6:41 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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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Amazon.com's Call Option on Twitter
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and broadstuff
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digital politics: The future is broadband, not Facebook  —  NEW YORK—It's time to stop waxing philosophical about how this thing called “new media” is shaping American elections and time to focus on the real tech issues, like broadband policy.  —  We talked about bloggers in 2004 …
Discussion: Beet.TV, innonate, CircleID and Ars Technica
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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)?
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Kosmix Goes Horizontal  —  Kosmix, until now a vertical search engine for information about health, automobiles and travel, transformed itself into a universal search engine for all subjects earlier today during a general redesign.  —  The move has been anticipated since at least last September …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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
 
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Devin Leonard / Fortune:
iPod Doctor makes house calls
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
Virgin Mobile USA to buy SK Telecom's U.S. unit: report
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget Mobile
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple following iPod, PS2 model to sell 23m iPhones in one year
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile's home phone service goes nationwide
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:
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Suit accuses Google of trade secret theft
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Microsoft expanding Mac team ahead of new products