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11:40 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.
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Bill Gates' web experience: Byzantine, idiotic logic  —  Analyzing IT program management failures with the perfect vision of hindsight often leads the observer through a senseless and convoluted maze of past decisions.  Studying the Byzantine and idiotic logic behind many IT failures, one wonders, “How did we get here from there?”
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.
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 …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   Vint Cerf: Video streaming to give way to downloading
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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Could iPhone smoke the Kindle?
Discussion: TeleRead and Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
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 …
InfoWorld:
Yahoo fixes e-mail cross-site scripting flaw  —  Yahoo has fixed a vulnerability in its Web mail site that could allow a hacker to get access to a person's account.  —  The problem was in the way Yahoo's Web mail interacts with version 8.1.0.209 of its instant messaging (IM) desktop application …
Discussion: Zero Day
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Multiply: The Social Network That Backs Up Your Media, Too  —  Multiply, a media-heavy social network geared towards adults, has introduced a new backup system that will backup users' videos and photos at full resolution.  The premium service will cost users $20 per year for an unlimited amount of storage.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Golden Master Could Hit this Friday  —  According to a sources inside the Cupertino's iPhone software development effort, it is “highly probable” that the iPhone 2.0 Golden Master will hit this Friday.  The final version could arrive two weeks before the introduction of the new iPhone 3G …
Discussion: iSmashPhone and 9 to 5 Mac
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: ZDNet and Forbes
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
One open source interface to rule them  —  isn't about open source's soul, nor is it about making open source comply with closed spectrum's norms.  —  It's about the search for one great interface.  —  The iPhone has one great interface, and the margins to go with it.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mixx Gets Serious About Community Building  —  Digg competitor Mixx just launched an extension to its groups feature that founder Chris McGill describes as “Ning for social media”.  —  Users can now set up Mixx community sites on their own subdomains (see ours here).
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Nintendo rated as ‘least eco-friendly tech firm’ by Greenpeace  —  Games firm Nintendo has come bottom of a ranking of the world's most eco-friendly electronics firms.  —  The quarterly Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics ranks 18 electronics firms by how green their production processes and products are.
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?
 
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SPOTLIGHT: Telco PACs Gave $8K to Dems Who Changed Their Vote on FISA
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Comcast's goal: Integrate the screens
John Fontana / Network World:
Microsoft VP confirms Windows 7 ship date: January 2010
Greenpeace:
How the companies line up  —  We first released our 'Guide …
John Mueller / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Get the audio and Q&As from our recent live chat
Rich Mogull / TidBITS:
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Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
New iPhone Carries $173 BOM and Manufacturing Cost, According …
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft Corporation:
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0
Michael Geist / canada.com:
Uncle Sam's fingers are all over the Canadian copyright bill
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Kosmix Goes Horizontal
Discussion: Beet.TV
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
iPod Doctor makes house calls
Discussion: MacBlogz, Newlaunches.com and PSFK
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile's home phone service goes nationwide
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Internet Provider Halts Plan to Track, Sell Users' Surfing Data