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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.
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 that reveals much about both the influences and the 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.
Steven Sinofsky Talks Windows 8 and More at D9 (Video)  —  While much of the attention was focused on the demo of Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky had a lot to say about Microsoft and Windows in general during his on-stage appearance at D9.  —  Among the topic he addressed were his thoughts …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Windows 8 Is Fundamentally Flawed as a Response to the iPad
Discussion: WinRumors and
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: If we ‘Build’ a new developers conference, will they come?
Discussion: BetaNews and @fredericl
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Shaq's Retirement Drives 500k Viewers to Tout in 3 Hours
Discussion: Examiner
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.
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.
Twitter CEO says 80 percent of advertisers renew
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
AirPort devices out of stock in many Apple Stores, refresh imminent?  —  We've received reports from several Apple Stores across the US stating that some AirPort devices are either low in stock or out of stock altogether.  —  A reader let us know that all of the Apple Stores in his area …
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.
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, SAI and @pkafka
Alibaba's Ma offers Yahoo some advice: break up  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba founder Jack Ma didn't shed new light on his negotiations with Yahoo Inc and Softbank during an appearance at a conference on Wednesday, but he did offer some unexpected advice for Yahoo.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Takes Control of  —  Apple has taken ownership of the domain  The domain was believed to have been sold to Apple for a price tag of $4.5 million.  Prior to today, the whois domain registration listed Xcerion as the owner.  —  This change in domain registration …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Next Web
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 …
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.
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 …
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.]
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
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
Associated Press:
Tenn. passes Web entertainment theft bill … NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login - even with permission - to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google has no agreement yet to digitize books  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc has yet to agree with authors and publishers on a legal plan to create the world's largest digital library, and a federal judge who struck down an earlier accord gave it another seven weeks to try.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google WebRTC browser voice/video chat released to take on Skype and FaceTime
Discussion: The Next Web
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon Books Travel Plans Through Expedia Partnership
Discussion: VatorNews, Screenwerk, Tnooz and GeekWire
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
Anil Dash:
Apple's Twitter  —  I've been waiting a year for someone …
Discussion: GigaOM