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June 2, 2014, 10:45 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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Big Win For DuckDuckGo: Apple Adding To Safari As Private Search Option  —  DuckDuckGo, the search engine that positions itself as a completely secure and private search engine, is getting a big boost.  Apple is making it part of Safari in the next versions of Mac OS and iOS as an option that users can choose.
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 …
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].
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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 Raises $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 …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Spotify lets you take all of your tracks offline with just one button  —  While Spotify's allowed you to save music for offline playback for some time, downloading playlists can be a laborious process.  Today, it's making things a whole lot easier.  As part of its latest iOS app update …

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