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8:55 PM ET, June 1, 2011

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Julie Larson-Green / Microsoft:
Previewing ‘Windows 8’  —  REDMOND, Wash. - June 1, 2011 - Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time.  Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Making Sense of Our First Look at Windows 8  —  On Wednesday, Microsoft offered the first glimpse of Windows 8, a sneak peek reveals much about both the influences and strategic goals of the major overhaul of Microsoft's 25-year-old operating system.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft unveils Windows 8 (video)  —  We're live from Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky's keynote at D9, and there's something rather exciting on stage — a pair of experimental Windows 8 dev boards running an OS that looks very much like Windows Phone 7's Metro UI.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
D9: Sinofsky unveils Windows 8, defends Microsoft (+video)
Discussion: BGR and AllThingsD
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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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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google: Group In China Targeted Senior US Officials, Chinese Activists, Others With Phishing Attack
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Reuters and BBC
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: Rocky FU
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
After a Rough Couple of Days, Nokia's Stephen Elop Live at D9  —  Although he had to fly several thousand miles to get to D9, jet lag is probably the least of the ailments plaguing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.  —  For the past two days, the company's stock price has been taking a beating following a dire earnings warning.
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Nokia CEO: There are “absolutely no discussions” with Microsoft on buyout
Discussion: AllThingsD and BGR
Reuters:
Twitter CEO says 80 percent of advertisers renew
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
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: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:   Shaq's Retirement Drives 500k Viewers to Tout in 3 Hours
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.
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.
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.
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: CNN, AllThingsD and SAI
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Samsung Chromebook goes on sale early at Gilt (update: sold out)  —  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 signed up to be a part of the Cr-48 pilot program …
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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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Perfectly Times their iCloud Trademark Filing in Europe
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Jack Dorsey Is “The James Franco of the Internet”  —  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:
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 …
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.]
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: If we ‘Build’ a new developers conference, will they come?  —  Microsoft execs told developers earlier this year that there would be a new developers conference happening in mid-September 2011.  But until this evening, details about this until-now-unnamed event were relatively few.
Discussion: @fredericl
Reuters:
LightSquared near $2 billion a year Sprint deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp is close to completing a $2 billion-a-year network sharing agreement with hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone's LightSquared telecommunications venture, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
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Discussion: LiveSide.net
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google WebRTC browser voice/video chat released to take on Skype and FaceTime
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may offer free iCloud services with aggressively priced Mac OS X Lion
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Paul Graham: Total Value Of Y Combinator-Funded Startups Is $4.7 Billion
Discussion: SAI, Y Combinator and Social Markets
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Exclusive: LinkedIn to Launch Job Application Tool
Discussion: CNET News
Evan Williams / EVHEAD:
The Future of Identity Belongs to Apple and Google
Discussion: MediaPost
Fred / A VC:
Enough Is Enough  —  I believe that software patents should not exist.
Discussion: Marco.org, SAI and Gizmodo