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June 2, 2014, 8:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple Unveils iOS 8, the Biggest Release Since the Launch of the App Store  —  Introduces iCloud Photo Library, New Messages Features & New Health App  —  SAN FRANCISCOJune 2, 2014Apple® today unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
iOS 8: interactive notifications, improved keyboard, Messages app, Spotlight search, enterprise functionality, more; public beta this summer, release in fall  —  Apple Introduces iOS 8  —  Last year, Apple revealed the biggest change to-date of iOS, the mobile operating system that many of us have been using for years.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Apple takes on Dropbox with iCloud Drive, lowers storage prices to $0.99/month for 20 GB, $3.99 for 200 GB  —  Apple meets Dropbox head-on with iCloud Drive  —  At WWDC 2014, Apple announced iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-like file system for storing your documents in the cloud.
Apple:
Apple Releases iOS 8 SDK With Over 4,000 New APIs  —  Biggest Developer Release Ever Includes Extensibility Features, HealthKit, HomeKit & Swift  —  SAN FRANCISCOJune 2, 2014Apple® today released its iOS 8 SDK, the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Apple shows off Swift, its new programming language  —  Apple announced on Monday that it has developed a successor to its venerable Objective C with a language it's calling Swift.  Claimed to provide a new language with “none of the baggage of C,” Swift code will still be able to appear mixed …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Xcode 6 Allows Developers to Test Larger iPhone and iPad Screen Sizes  —  With the release of Xcode 6 today after Worldwide Developer Conference, developers have found an option within Xcode to size apps for devices referred to as “Resizable iPhone” and “Resizable iPad”, as pointed out by Mac4Ever [Google Translate].
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
OS X Yosemite: new iOS-inspired design, revamped Spotlight, Notification Center, Safari, and Mail; public beta this summer, free release in fall  —  OS X Yosemite: Apple's latest desktop operating system is free this fall  —  Apple's just unveiled the latest update to its desktop operating system for Macs and it's called Yosemite.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
No Microsoft Start Menu for Windows 8 until 2015: Sources  —  Summary: It's looking like Microsoft's new ‘mini’ Start Menu for Windows 8.x won't be part of Windows 8.1 Update 2 as rumored.  Instead, it's sounding like a 2015 deliverable now.  —  Microsoft won't be delivering a new Start Menu …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Home Deco Site Houzz Raising $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation  —  Looks like home-remodelling and design site Houzz is upsizing.  Filings that the startup made at the end of May in Delaware, uncovered by the folks at VCExperts, indicate that it is raising a Series D round of $150 million …
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS Transformer Book V is a Windows hybrid laptop with a detachable Android phone  —  Wow, just wow.  ASUS has just announced the Transformer Book V, a Windows 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable Android phone.  No, this isn't the Windows Phone-powered PadFone that we've been waiting for, but the package is still pretty mind-blowing.
Samsung Tomorrow:
Samsung Launches Industry's First Tizen Smartphone - the Samsung Z  —  Samsung Z offers a unique user experience with advanced web performance and usability  —  Samsung Electronics today introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform.

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Rackspace:
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