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5:45 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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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 …
Discussion: Beyond Binary and LiveSide
Reuters:
Gates bids farewell to Microsoft  —  Factbox: Microsoft's post-Gates leaders  —  INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS  —  FACTBOX  —  Who will fill Bill Gates' shoes?  —  Who will fill the void left by Bill Gates?  Erick Schonfeld, co-editor of TechCrunch, picks the leaders to watch.  Full Article
Discussion: Baseline and Tech Tracks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Who Will Fill Bill Gates' Shoes?
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Gates' big-picture memos shaped Microsoft, changed tech world
Discussion: Lost Remote and Tech Tracks
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Bill Gates bows out (mostly) at Microsoft
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC, ExtremeTech and Gizmodo
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Virgin Mobile Acquiring MVNO Helio For A Paltry $39M In Equity …
Discussion: Engadget, mocoNews.net and Valleywag
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Judge: Complaint Web Site Protected From Suit  —  A federal court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against the site ConsumerAffairs.com, which posts people's complaints about retailers.  —  Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of Alexandria, Va., ruled that the site is protected from suit based …
Discussion: Business Technology
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Are Web Sites Responsible For Their Commenters? No, Thank God
Discussion: Valleywag
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
ICANN moves toward completely opening top-level domains  —  One of the biggest news items this week, according to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), could result in the biggest expansion to the Internet in forty years.  —  ICANN unanimously voted in favor …
Discussion: TechSpot and Lockergnome
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IDG News Service:
Hackers Hijack Critical Internet Organizations
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tribune Owner Sam Zell: I Bought A Terrible Business  —  Tribune Co. boss Sam Zell paid a visit to CNBC's “Squawk Box” this morning.  He's looking for some advertisers (seen any?) and says it's his job to deliver some painful reality to the struggling newspaper business.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Deal Journal
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple makes example of iPod repairman in lawsuit  —  The owner of an iPod repair shop is being sued by Apple for misuse of the coveted iPod trademark — and of allegedly manipulating Apple to both send him replacement units for free as well as tricking the electronics giant into repairing out-of-warranty iPods.
Discussion: iLounge, MacUser and Boy Genius Report
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” …
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.
Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are iPhone app devs getting a raw deal?  —  We mentioned yesterday a rumor that Apple won't cut a check for iPhone application developers until the dev's share of the sales tops $250.  A lot of commenters were upset about this, if it's true: TomWBrowning said “So if you make an app that costs $1 …
Discussion: iLounge
 
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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Discussion: Valleywag and row2k.com
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
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Shoaib Makani / Google Mobile Blog:
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon's fiber guru talks strategy
Discussion: DailyTech and DSLreports