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6:10 PM ET, June 1, 2011

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Jack Dorsey / Twitter Blog:
search+photos  —  Twitter brings the most meaningful information in the world right to your pocket.  And, we're constantly working on ways to make that even better.  —  One good search can take you #anywhere.  —  Today we're starting to roll out a completely new version of Twitter search.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Partners With Photobucket On Photos And Firefox On Search  —  Twitter has just announced on their blog two new key bits of functionality for the search: improved search and photos.  The latter, we've obviously been all over in recent days, as we first broke the news a couple days ago.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Screenshots of Twitter's New Photos Product
Discussion: SAI and The Next Web
The Mozilla Blog:
Official Twitter Add-on Brings Twitter Search to the Mozilla Firefox Awesome Bar on Desktop and Mobile
Discussion: TechnoBuffalo
Evan Gilbert / The Official Google Blog:
The +1 button for websites: recommend content across the web  —  Since we started rolling out the +1 button in March, you've been able to recommend content to your friends and contacts directly from Google search results and ads.  —  But sometimes you want to +1 a page while you're on it.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
It's Here: Google +1 Buttons For Websites
Discussion: Mashable!, Rocky FU, SAI and TechSpot
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
How Powerful is Twitter?  Well, Shaq Just Tweeted His Retirement  —  Dick Costolo just spent 45 minutes on stage at D9 talking about the power of Twitter.  But I think Shaquille O'Neal just made a better argument for Twitter's power in just two words.  —  “im retiring,” the NBA star tweeted Wednesday, linking to a video.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Tells Developers to “Move Up the Value Chain” (Video)  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo shared details and perspectives about Twitter usage, developer relations and monetization in an interview with Walt Mossberg today at D9.  He also introduced new photo and search products.
Reuters:
Twitter CEO says 80 percent of advertisers renew
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Grosse / The Official Google Blog:
Ensuring your information is safe online  —  The Internet has been an amazing force for good in the world—opening up communications, boosting economic growth and promoting free expression.  But like all technologies, it can also be used for bad things.  Today, despite the efforts …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Flip creator gets into the grilled cheese business, Sequoia invests  —  Well, this is ... unexpected.  Jonathan Kaplan, who previously led the company that created the Flip camera, just announced his new project on-stage at the D9 conference — and it's a grilled cheese company.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's new data center is visible (at last!) from space  —  One of the mysteries surrounding the 500,000-square foot server farm Apple (AAPL) has famously constructed in a small North Carolina town called Maiden — besides its ultimate purpose — is why it didn't show up on Google Earth.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may offer free iCloud services with aggressively priced Mac OS X Lion
Discussion: Ars Technica and 9 to 5 Mac
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
JP Morgan: Apple's iPad rivals reduce build plans after ‘early dose of reality’  —  A new investor report from J.P. Morgan on Wednesday indicates that Apple's competitors in the tablet market have reduced their build plans after receiving an “early dose of reality” in the form of lackluster sales.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
HP Might License webOS, Says CEO (Video)  —  Hewlett-Packard's plans for webOS extend far beyond tablets, smartphones and PCs.  Hewlett-Packard CEO Léo Apotheker says the company is planning to make it available to its partners to provide mobility services to their customers.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Jack Dorsey of Square and Twitter Live at D9  —  Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Square and product chief at Twitter, didn't have much of anything going on today so he dropped in on D9.  —  All kidding aside, the seemingly super-human Dorsey will be taking questions from AllThingsD's Kara Swisher …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason on Google, Clones and Hubris-But Not on an IPO  —  Groupon's CEO Andrew Mason makes history today as the first speaker at the D conference to ever request that his image be based on a recent driver's license photo — goofy grin and all.
Discussion: SAI and @pkafka
Anil Dash:
Apple's Twitter  —  I've been waiting a year for someone to write about this, but my laziness has not yet paid off, so here are a few things that we all know about everybody's favorite Cupertino fruit company:  — Apple has client app software on hundreds of millions of devices in the form …
Discussion: GigaOM and parislemon
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Limit Chipmakers Using Windows to Only One Tablet-Maker  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has asked chipmakers that want to use the next version of Windows for tablets to work with no more than one computer manufacturer, three people with knowledge of the plan said.
Jeremy A. Kaplan / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Northrop Grumman May Have Been Hit by Cyberattack, Source Says  —  Top military contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. may have been hit by a cyber assault, the latest in a string of alarming attacks against military suppliers, a source within the company told FoxNews.com.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Samsung Chromebook goes on sale early at Gilt  —  We can't say we expected Gilt to be the first place to offer Samsung's new Chromebook but, well, here we are.  Google's now sending out emails like the one above to at least some folks that were a part of the Cr-48 pilot program …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon Books Travel Plans Through Expedia Partnership  —  Groupon is partnering with Expedia to create a new discount travel service that will let people book hotel rooms and airfare at half the cost.  —  The announcement is being made today at the D Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes …
Discussion: Screenwerk, GeekWire, Tnooz and CNET News
Sandro Villinger / ITworld.com:
10 hidden features in Windows 8  —  Windows 8 is coming in 2012: Here's an early look at 10 major new features and areas of improvement. … Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally confirmed what tech pundits knew all along: the next generation of Windows will be out in 2012.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google Offers Goes Live, First Portland Offer Arrives  —  [As promised below in our post from late Tuesday night, the first Google Offer just arrived minutes ago in my Gmail inbox.  Here's a screenshot, followed by the remainder of Tuesday night's post about it.]
Evan Williams / EVHEAD:
The Future of Identity Belongs to Apple and Google  —  Why is it, when you install an app from the AppStore that requires an account, and you don't already have an account on the service, you have to fill out a form and create one?  —  It seems like a dumb question, until you consider that this is not your computer.
Discussion: MediaPost
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google WebRTC browser voice/video chat released to take on Skype and FaceTime  —  Google has released a developer preview of WebRTC, its open real-time voice and video chat system that uses HTML and JavaScript to put video and audio conferencing into the browser.
Discussion: The Next Web and Geeky-Gadgets
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Reed Hastings: Netflix vying for ‘wallet share’  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.—Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his company can't afford brand-new content yet.  —  Netflix is still fighting movie release “windows” and not offering new releases as quickly as it likes, Hastings said at the D9 conference here this morning.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Exclusive: LinkedIn to Launch Job Application Tool  —  LinkedIn is preparing to launch a plug-in for employers' websites called “Apply With LinkedIn” that will allow job candidates to apply for available positions using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes.  The feature indicates LinkedIn's increasing focus …
Discussion: SAI
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Unveils “iPhone Hooks” So Other Apps Can Play Nicely With Them
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Paul Graham: Total Value Of Y Combinator-Funded Startups Is $4.7 Billion
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Rovio acquires animation studio Kombo
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Sheila Himmel / IEEE Spectrum:
Campus Life at Facebook and Google
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Fred / A VC:
Enough Is Enough  —  I believe that software patents should not exist.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SAI and GMSV
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Schmidt Says Google's Social Problem Is His Fault
 

 
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