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Today in Tech: Steve Ballmer's commencement speech

May 16, 2011: 6:30 AM ET

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"If you take even a look at the companies that have succeeded, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, you name it, all of these companies went through times of hardship. ... And it's how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success."
-- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (GeekWire)

Photo: Noah Berger/Bloomberg News

* Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave the commencement speech last Friday at the University of Southern California, imparting lessons learned over the last few decades upon the latest group of graduates. Among them: great ideas matter, find your passion, and be tenacious and irrepressible in its pursuit. Here's the full transcript. (GeekWire)

* Over the weekend, Sony restored access to its PlayStation Network, which was shut down on April 20 after the company discovered it had been hacked and the guilty parties had made off with personal information for over 100 million user accounts. (Sony and Wall Street Journal)

* What it's like to work at Facebook... (The Next Web)

* Why Android's tablet-friendly Honeycomb update has a fighting chance against the iPad. (TechCrunch)

* Lady Gaga became the first Twitter user to net 10 million followers. (Though with more than 9.6 million users of his own, Justin Bieber isn't far behind.) (All Twitter)

* Designer Tommaso Gecchelin designed a mock-up for the 2020 MacBook just for kicks, and if the real thing one day packs even a fraction of what Gecchelin dreamed up below -- holographic screen, plug and cable free, magnetic hinge -- then "magical" won't begin to aptly describe it.. (Geekosystem)

Photo: Tommaso Gecchelin/Geekosystem

Photo: Tommaso Gecchelin/Geekosystem

Photo: Tommaso Gecchelin/Geekosystem

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