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9:40 AM ET, May 28, 2008

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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Microsoft demonstrates Multi-touch  —  For years Microsoft has been investing in many forms of natural input in order to simplify the way people interact with their PC's and devices.  The advent of the original Windows graphical user interface forever changed the way people used their PC's.
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Windows 7 screen grabs look better than they sound  —  So Microsoft's Sinofsky had a pretty good dance with CNET about Windows 7, really not saying much of anything.  But a picture's worth a thousand words, right?  Howzabout a ton of pics?  —  We can confirm these are indeed screen shots …
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and Windows 7 Preview  —  With Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates soon relinquishing his daily role at the software company he co-founded as it grapples with Google, European regulators, Yahoo, and Windows Vista critics hoping to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft demos ‘touch Windows’  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, in Silicon Valley  —  Microsoft's next operating system (OS) will come with multi-touch features as an alternative to the mouse.  —  It is hoped the successor will have a better reception than the much-maligned Vista OS, released last year.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Gates and Ballmer to show a little Windows 7 skin at D6  —  The sixth version of the D: All Things Digital conference will begin Tuesday night with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer onstage.  The two legends of Microsoft will offer the first public peek at Windows 7, although Ballmer told …
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
VIDEO: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Highlight Reel, Part One  —  Here are a few video highlights from the first half of the D6 interview of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, conducted by conference co-hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.  (Click here for highlights from the second half of the interview.)
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from D: Gates and Ballmer debut Windows 7
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and John Tokash
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Guessing Game Has Begun on the Next iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Can Steven P. Jobs top the iPhone ... with another iPhone?  —  Last June, Mr. Jobs began selling what has become one of the most talked-about consumer products in history.  Now he faces a new challenge as Apple prepares …
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iPhoneclub.nl:
Exclusive: More proof of curved, white iPhone 3G  —  Slow news day?  Not anymore!  Dutch communitysites iPhoneclub.nl and Macfreak.nl both received a couple of pictures of the supposed new casing of the second generation iPhone.  These pictures haven't surfaced on the internet before.
Jonathan Ratner / FP Trading Desk:
How applications will push Apple iPhone users to 30 million
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP packs two independent servers on a blade  —  HP can now pack two servers one blade and cut energy consumption by 60 percent based on its calculations.  —  HP was set to announce its new blade set-up on Wednesday.  The server twofer-dubbed the HP ProLiant BL2×220c G5 (right) …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Weds Cloud and High-performance Computing  —  While it hasn't yet decided to offer a cloud computing service, Hewlett-Packard today said it will combine its high-performance computing unit with it's Web 2.0 and cloud computing infrastructure businesses to create the Scalability Computing Initiative …
Discussion: Mercury News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobaganda: A Dead-Simple Invite Site Built On Google's App Engine  —  If you like your invite apps dead-simple, check out Mobaganda.  You don't even have to log in.  Just click on start, add the name, date & time, and location, and create an event.  The site, which is built on the Google App Engine …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   3,000 Developers To Converge On Google I/O Tomorrow.  Here's What To Expect.
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Court Finds Dell Guilty of Fraud  —  Dell was found guilty on Tuesday of fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices and abusive debt collection practices in a case brought by the New York attorney general.  —  The Albany County Supreme Court found that Dell deprived customers …
Discussion: Associated Press and 9 to 5 Mac
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InfoWorld:
Belgian newspapers ask Google for $77.5 million in damages  —  A group of Belgian newspaper publishers wants Google to pay up to €49.2 million ($77.5 million) in damages for violating copyright law by publishing their articles on Google News and caching their Web pages.
Discussion: TG Daily
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Mash-up of the week: Last.fm and YouTube  —  This is one of those simple but very clever ideas that makes you exhale softly, while sighing “I wish I'd thought of that”.  —  It's Last.fm + YouTube = music goodness.  —  Enter your last.fm username, or the username of someone whose music taste you trust …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Sony + Tru2way = No More Set-top Boxes?  —  Sony has joined forces with six of the top cable companies in the U.S. to adopt tru2way technology in its TVs, thus eliminating the need for a set-top box when accessing television and other interactive services.  Apple, Netflix, Sezmi …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TiVo Adds Disney Movie Rentals  —  TiVo announced today that its subscribers will soon be able to rent Disney movies through their DVRs directly from their TVs.  The service will be provided through an arrangement with CinemaNow.  —  Details like pricing, titles, and when the service …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
Host Joanne Colan Leaves Rocketboom  —  According to a source at the Creative Artists Agency, host Joanne Colan is leaving Rocketboom, one of the Internet's first prominent news videoblogs.  During her tenure, Colan never managed to transform the show (directed by creator Andrew Baron) …
 
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