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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky Live at D9  —  At D6, Microsoft gave the world its first look at Windows 7, the successor to the much maligned Vista.  Now, three years later, the world into which that OS launched has changed drastically.  The growing popularity of tablet PCs …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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! and Rocky FU
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.
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, CNET News and TechCrunch
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may offer free iCloud services with aggressively priced Mac OS X Lion
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: SAI and AllThingsD
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.]
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
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
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Acer W4 Windows Phone Mango handset eyes-on (video)  —  It'll be a little while before Windows Phone 7 Mango phones pop up in the shops, but here at Computex, Acer decided to give us a little tease with a mockup of its upcoming W4 handset.  Before you get all excited, though …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
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
 
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