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1:00 AM ET, June 28, 2008

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Audio: Bill Gates says so long to Microsoft  —  Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer both fought back tears as they concluded a farewell event for the Microsoft co-founder on the company's Redmond campus this morning.  Ballmer presented Gates with a bound scrapbook of photos and memories …
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Engadget:
Bill Gates: top ten greatest hits (and misses) - the Microsoft years  —  Damn, Bill, you have come a LONG way.  Look at you there back in '82, you handsome devil.  As part of our tribute, let's take a quick look back at the top ten greatest (and not so great) products created on Bill-time, shall we?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
On the scene: Microsoft's farewell to Gates  —  Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates at the event.  (Photo: Microsoft.)  —  Microsoft is holding a town hall meeting here in Redmond this morning to send Bill Gates off into the new era of his life.  It starts about 9 a.m. It's clearly a big moment …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Looking back and looking ahead: Bill Gates leaves Microsoft
Reuters:
Gates bids farewell to Microsoft
Discussion: Tech Tracks and New York Times
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Will Fill Bill Gates' Shoes?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed  —  A key feature of Twitter has been down most of this week: Replies.  The core Twitter service itself is alive, but the team took the Reply feature down on Tuesday when the service started to slow.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, WinExtra and TechTicker
PR Newswire:
Rogers Launches Flexible Price Packages for Apple iPhone 3G  —  Starting at $60 for voice and data combined  —  Rogers Wireless, Canada's largest wireless carrier with Canada's fastest wireless network, today announced a variety of voice and data pricing plans for the much-anticipated Apple …
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Adam Lashinsky / Go West:
Yahoo re-org: A view from the ranks  —  When word first leaked last week about the coming reorganization at Yahoo (YHOO) my immediate reaction was, 'What, they didn't do that two years ago?'  I had the same reaction when the shell-game-type shuffling finally was announced Thursday.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Virgin Mobile USA buys Helio for $39 million  —  Virgin Mobile USA will pay $39 million in stock to buy operator Helio, the company said Friday.  —  The deal ends more than a month of speculation that the two troubled mobile virtual-network operators would combine forces.
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Quentin Carnicelli / Under The Microscope:
Announcing LiveDiscKit  —  Way back in January, we showed off LiveDisc for Macworld San Francisco.  We got a number of requests from other developers looking to use it themselves.  At the time we just said “maybe”, and then everyone went home from Macworld and proceeded to forget about it.
David Garcia / Inside Google Desktop:
From the desktop to your TV  —  In the old days, we used to watch a simple device called a television.  Nowadays, all the stuff worth watching and listening to tends to be stored on or accessed through a computer.  To help remedy this, we are pleased to release the Google Media Server.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Plays With Your Living Room TV
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
EXCELLENT HBR PIECE CHALLENGING THE LONG TAIL  —  Anita Elberse, a Harvard Business School associate professor, has a really interesting article in the new Harvard Business Review that analyzes some Long Tail data and challenges some of the theory's predictions.
US Department of Justice:
Federal Jury Convicts High Ranking Web Site Administrator in Peer-to-Peer Piracy Crackdown  —  WASHINGTON - A federal jury in Big Stone Gap, Va., convicted Daniel Dove, 26, formerly of Clintwood, Va., on one count each of conspiracy and felony copyright infringement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich announced today.
Discussion: The Register, Slyck and Slashdot
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Chad Hurley: How We Did It  —  YouTube CEO Chad Hurley, not known for being especially candid (especially now that he's under the lock and key of Google PR!) gave an unusual address last night at a startup dinner in Palo Alto where he detailed the story of YouTube.  We caught the talk on video.
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Meet Tech Teentrepreneur Daniel Brusilovsky  —  Dropping out of college to launch your own company?  Yawn.  The real startup action is in the halls of your local high school.  Case in point: Daniel Brusilovsky, the 15-year-old founder and CEO (yes, the CEO) of TeensinTech.com.
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
AT&T Moves to Dallas, But Is That an Improvement?  —  AT&T is getting new digs in Dallas.  —  Since 1992, the communications giant has been headquartered in downtown San Antonio, Texas, not far from the city's famous Riverwalk — which, on a hot muggy afternoon, resembles something like a theater set from …
Zhu Shenshen / ShanghaiDaily.com:
Apple plans a core for Beijing  —  APPLE Inc will open a retail store in Beijing this summer, its first shop on the Chinese mainland, to attract fans of iPod, Mac computers and perhaps iPhones.  —  Apple's new store will open in the Sanlitun, a fashionable bar area of the capital city …
MobileBurn.com:
Live Photos of HTC's Raphael - the Touch Pro  —  Gallery by Michael Oryl on Thursday June 26, 2008.  —  Note: Sponsored advertising links, if any, are in green.  —  At an informal meeting with HTC today, we were offered the chance to play around with HTC's famed Raphael smartphone, launched formally recently as the Touch Pro.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Elevator Pitches, Now Ready For Your Uploads  —  Earlier this month we launched Elevator Pitches, a site for startup CEOs and founders to upload a 60-second video explaining what their companies do and how they make money.  As I explained in the launch post, the idea is to create a repository …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
 
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Welcome to the Season of the Bear
Cade Metz / The Register:
AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI Music Sues Hi5, VideoEgg and Ten Defendants To Be Named Later
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Princeton University to publish Kindle textbooks
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
I can't stand anonymity in the gaming industry
Discussion: Joystiq
Wei Tu / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
OAuth for Google Data APIs
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News.com
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple makes example of iPod repairman in lawsuit
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet The Man Behind Facebook's Most Useless - And Popular - Apps
Discussion: Valleywag
IDG News Service:
Hackers Hijack Critical Internet Organizations
Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are iPhone app devs getting a raw deal?
Discussion: iLounge
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Memo to Jakob Lodwick: Grow up
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft fires shot across VMware bow with Hyper-V release