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12:35 PM 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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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
The man who would run Yahoo  —  In a Fortune exclusive, Microsoft's Kevin Johnson talks about innovation, disruption, and what he's going to do about Google.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — He made his mark at Microsoft as head of the company's worldwide sales force at a time when it seemed everyone hated …
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 (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, conducted by conference co-hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.
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.
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Guys Like Us Avoid Monopolies ...
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Gizmodo
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and Windows 7 Preview
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
Yahoo's End Game  —  Negotiations with Microsoft and Google are taking place behind the scenes, writes BW's Gene Marcial.  A deal of some kind is imminent, according to his sources  —  Yahoo! finally looks ready to do a deal, according to people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Valleywag and paidContent.org
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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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
Discussion: Mercury News
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free ‘Micro-Deposits’  —  A California man has been indicted for an inventive scheme that allegedly siphoned $50,000 from online brokerage houses E-trade and Schwab.com in six months — a few pennies at a time.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Google Opens Google App Engine  —  Google also announces pricing for the development technology.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
3,000 Developers To Converge On Google I/O Tomorrow.  Here's What To Expect.
Discussion: Brij's One More Idea
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Amazon's Bezos: To Launch For-Pay Movie Streaming Service; Stays Bullish On Kindle; Books Are Like Horses  —  In the first session at the D: All Things Digital conference at the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California this morning, it's Amazon.com (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
SezWho acquires Tejit to expand commenter reputations  —  Distributed commenter reputation service SezWho is growing a little bigger Wednesday morning with the acquisition of Tejit, an engine that tracks content around the Web to see how it links up with people, events, places, and more.
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.
Yuvi / The StatBot:
Twitter Clients used by Twitter Power Users  —  Sponsored by:  —  ReadWriteWeb reported on the popular twitter clients some time ago.  It got us this beautiful, Office 2007 generated chart that neatly summarized everything:  —  Now, here is another Office 2007 generated chart …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Activision's Robert Kotick To Unveil Guitar Hero IV  —  Next up at D6 in Carlsbad, it's the guitar hero himself, Activision (ATVI) CEO Robert Kotick.  The news here is supposed to be a demo of the yet-to-be announced Guitar Hero IV.  He's being interviewed by Kara Swisher.
Discussion: AppScout
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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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Is Apple changing course on variable pricing?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Fatal bandwidth: 6 cell tower deaths in 5 weeks
Market Wire:
D-Link Introduces Ethernet-to-Coax Kit for Extending the Home …
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget HD
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For Coors Light, a Night Out That Begins on MySpace
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Samsung Introduces L870, a Stylish S60 Device
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sprint addresses data usage limit
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware Buys B-hive for Performance Scans
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Evri building a data graph of the Web
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TiVo Adds Disney Movie Rentals
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Asus Eee PC 1000 to Debut First Week of June
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skyfire Gets $13 Million To Fight Mobile Browser Wars
Margaret Robertson / BBC:
Play time  —  I'm insufferably lucky: for the last few years I've made my living playing.
Discussion: Changing Way
Jenna Wortham / The Underwire:
Weezer's Memetastic Video Director Spills the ‘Pork and Beans’
Discussion: Podcasting News and AppScout
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Mash-up of the week: Last.fm and YouTube
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Court Finds Dell Guilty of Fraud
 

 
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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

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The Toast's publisher Nick Pavich explains contract changes, apologizes for rude tweets

 
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