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10:05 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: Voices, broadstuff and Coop's Corner
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Can Twitter become ubiquitous?
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold delayed on AT&T until at least mid-August!  —  We know what you're thinking... but this is for reals!  We've just confirmed this now with two high-level sources: the Bold is actually delayed until August on AT&T. It seems like AT&T and RIM are still having software issues with battery life and overheating.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Farewell then, Symbian  —  Epoc's journey: from world-beater to basket case  —  The smart in smartphone disappeared  —  The smartphone wars once devoured a great deal of attention and energy, particularly during the long PR war that took place in the first four barren years …
Discussion: Mobile Opportunity
Arn / MacRumors:
Time of iPhone 3G Launch Remains Unclear  —  Unconfirmed reports claim that the U.S. iPhone launch will take place starting at 8am, July 11th at AT&T stores nationwide.  A screenshot posted to our forums claims to depict the actual email sent to AT&T managers.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could iPhone smoke the Kindle?
Discussion: TeleRead and Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corporation:
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0  —  Open XML Converter allows you to convert Open XML files that were created in Office 2008 for Mac or Office 2007 for Windows so that you can open, edit, and save them in earlier versions of Office for Mac.  Open XML Converter can convert Word documents …
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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
Greenpeace:
How the companies line up  —  We first released our ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ in August 2006.  The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
New iPhone Carries $173 BOM and Manufacturing Cost, According to a Preliminary Estimate From iSuppli  —  Apple Inc.'s second-generation iPhone is expected to carry an initial hardware Bill Of Materials (BOM) and manufacturing cost of $173, according to a preliminary “virtual teardown” conducted by iSuppli Corp.
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)?
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 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Comcast's goal: Integrate the screens  —  In the Bay Area for the Connections conference this week, Comcast Interactive Media President Amy Banse stopped by the CNET Webware offices for a discussion on her division's Web strategy.  —  As was pointed out to me numerous times when I led …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Is Microsoft accessible without Bill Gates?  —  Bill Gates spent the last two years slowly disengaging as he prepared for his final departure from Microsoft at the end of this week.  In doing so, he appears to have left the company's technical direction in strong hands with Ray Ozzie, Craig Mundie and 22 Technical Fellows.
Discussion: Forbes and All about Microsoft
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
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.
 
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John Fontana / Network World:
Microsoft VP confirms Windows 7 ship date: January 2010
John Mueller / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Get the audio and Q&As from our recent live chat
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Rich Mogull / TidBITS:
How to Protect Yourself From The New Mac OS X Trojans
Michael Geist / canada.com:
Uncle Sam's fingers are all over the Canadian copyright bill
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
iPod Doctor makes house calls
Discussion: Digg
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Eclipse will be watching you very closely
Discussion: eWeek and Z Trek
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
Virgin Mobile USA to buy SK Telecom's U.S. unit: report
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple following iPod, PS2 model to sell 23m iPhones in one year
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I Talk, Vlingo Listens
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Internet Provider Halts Plan to Track, Sell Users' Surfing Data
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.?
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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Finding SQL Injection with Scrawlr
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Ad Planner Getting Its Data From The Google Toolbar?
Josh / Redeye VC:
The Death of Stealth Mode