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12:40 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer iTunes Remote Control App for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  Apple released a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 for developers tonight.  In the Read Me of the iTunes installer is a hint at a previously unannounced iPhone/iPod Touch application:
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Google enters the PC to TV arena  —  Google today made its own contribution to solving the PC to TV problem with the release of Google Media Server.  The Windows-only software works in conjunction with Google's desktop search application - Google Desktop - to locate various media (photos …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Looking back and looking ahead: Bill Gates leaves Microsoft  —  Although describing things as the “end of an era” is something of a cliché, Bill Gates' departure from Microsoft today surely deserves the label.  Gates announced two years ago that he would be reducing his workload …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Bill Gates bows out (mostly) at Microsoft  —  Today is Bill Gates' last day in the office as a regular employee of the company he co-founded in 1975.  But as non-executive chairman and someone who is deeply married to Microsoft, Gates is not disappearing from the company.  —  Chairman Bill Gates
Discussion: MSNBC and Digg
Naomi Gleit / Blog do Facebook:
He/She/They: Grammar and Facebook.  —  As Facebook grows in other languages, we are learning a lot about what the “Facebook Experience” is like for people around the world.  One of the first challenges was getting words that are really long in other languages to fit on the screen properly.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and Inside Facebook
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   Facebook ‘gender policy’ has grammar in mind
Pete / Blogger in Draft:
Updates and Bug Fixes for June 26th  —  Today's Blogger release is a big one for Blogger in Draft.  Let's lead off with the quick stuff:  — Google Gadget integration continues to improve, with better editing of gadget preferences.  — The new look for the Dashboard has seen a handful of tweaks …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Major Update for Google's Blogger
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons Why Vista Isn't That Bad  —  Of all the ware Microsoft churns out from its sweatshop of “lightning bolt, lightning bolt” nerds, Windows is the one most inexorably tied to the public image of the company.  As Bill Gates leaves the building, we look back on the last baby birthed …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
New Google search results pages for BlackBerry users  —  Two weeks ago we updated our mobile homepage in the US so that it would load more quickly.  Today, we're releasing in the US a number of improvements to our mobile search results pages for BlackBerry browsers.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon's fiber guru talks strategy  —  There's no question that Verizon Communications hit a home run with its aggressive fiber strategy.  —  The fiber-to-the-home network called Fios has enabled Verizon to supercharge broadband speeds and compete against cable in the TV market.
Discussion: DSLreports
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft to buy semantic search engine Powerset for $100M plus  —  Microsoft, the software giant flush with billions of dollars in its warchest, has agreed to buy Silicon Valley semantic search engine Powerset, we've learned.  —  The purchase price is rumored to be slightly more than $100 million.
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Carlacthompson / The Guidewire:   Top-of-mind thoughts on Microsoft and Powerset
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Compulsory Licenses Are Bad: A Look At The Sausage Making Process  —  When discussing things like patents and copyright, oftentimes someone suggests that “compulsory licensing” is a solution that solves all the problems.  I tend to have serious problems with compulsory licensing plans …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft fires shot across VMware bow with Hyper-V release  —  Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform today moved out of beta.  The RTM version is now available for download, and will be released to Windows Update on July 8.  Hyper-V, previously codenamed “Windows Server Virtualization” …
Financial Times:
New king of the US wireless jungle says he is hunter, not prey  —  Ivan Seidenberg is getting irritated.  The combative chairman and chief executive of Verizon Communications bridles at suggestions that the seemingly inexorable consolidation of the telecoms industry could one day swallow up his own company.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
ConnectU founders score spots on U.S. Olympic rowing team  —  Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss might not have gotten their way with Mark Zuckerberg, but they've got a different prize in mind now: Olympic glory.  —  The identical twins, who founded one-time Facebook rival ConnectU …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Social
 
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Pixar Pixie Dust
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G plans, unlimited data isn't one of them
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TinyPaste: Like TinyURL...for Text
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Shoaib Makani / Google Mobile Blog:
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Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Eee PC 901, 1000(H) to hit the US on July 8th
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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ZDNet:
California to drivers: Drop the cell phone, dude
Discussion: WebProNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hurley: YouTube Looking for Affiliate Revenue Streams
Fhauge / Opera Community:
The wait is (almost) over  —  We have some exciting news to share today.
comScore:
Americans Conducted Nearly 7 Million Searches for the Apple iPhone …
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Feds: We are ready for IPv6 D-Day
Discussion: Cheap Hack and CircleID
Marcelo Almeida / Zone-H syndication:
ICANN AND IANA DOMAINS HIJACKED BY TURKISH CRACKERS
Nokia:
Nokia injects individuality and style into new Supernova range
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Most Powerful Visualization System Ever Is Faster than 600 Consoles
Discussion: Engadget and WinBeta