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2:25 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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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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Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Gates' big-picture memos shaped Microsoft, changed tech world
Discussion: Lost Remote and Tech Tracks
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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The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Rogers Launches Flexible Price Packages for Apple iPhone 3G  —  Starting at $60 for voice and data combined TORONTO, June 27  —  TORONTO, June 27/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Rogers Wireless, Canada's  —  largest wireless carrier with Canada'sfastest wireless network, today announced a variety …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Rogers announces iPhone 3G plans, unlimited data isn't one of them  —  Here we have it, iPhone 3G pricing for our better mannered, gun-toting friends up north.  All the plans from Rogers Wireless require that lovely, three-year contract and include visual voicemail, free evenings and weekends …
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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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: WebProBlog
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:   Blockbusters stomp on the long tail, Harvard study finds
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 …
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Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Ponders Changes at Microsoft
Discussion: All about Microsoft and MediaFile
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
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” …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Memo to Jakob Lodwick: Grow up  —  At the risk of writing about two “High School 2.0″ blogosphere situations in one week (the first one being the Loren Feldman and Shel Israel brouhaha), I couldn't help but notice that Jakob Lodwick — the brash young millionaire co-founder of Vimeo …
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: DailyTech and DSLreports
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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hurley: YouTube Looking for Affiliate Revenue Streams  —  Brand display ads will be “the primary driver of monetization for video,” YouTube CEO Chad Hurley said tonight at an tech startup dinner in Palo Alto, but he went onto lay out an argument that there's also a growing opportunity to make money from direct response affiliate deals.
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.
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Ubergizmo
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 …
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