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7:55 AM ET, May 28, 2008

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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Microsoft demonstrates Multi-touch  —  For years Microsoft has been investing in many forms of natural input in order to simplify the way people interact with their PC's and devices.  The advent of the original Windows graphical user interface forever changed the way people used their PC's.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Gates and Ballmer to show a little Windows 7 skin at D6  —  The sixth version of the D: All Things Digital conference will begin Tuesday night with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer onstage.  The two legends of Microsoft will offer the first public peek at Windows 7, although Ballmer told …
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Windows 7 screen grabs look better than they sound  —  So Microsoft's Sinofsky had a pretty good dance with CNET about Windows 7, really not saying much of anything.  But a picture's worth a thousand words, right?  Howzabout a ton of pics?  —  We can confirm these are indeed screen shots …
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and Windows 7 Preview  —  With Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates soon relinquishing his daily role at the software company he co-founded as it grapples with Google, European regulators, Yahoo, and Windows Vista critics hoping to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft demos ‘touch Windows’  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, in Silicon Valley  —  Microsoft's next operating system (OS) will come with multi-touch features as an alternative to the mouse.  —  It is hoped the successor will have a better reception than the much-maligned Vista OS, released last year.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
John Markoff / Bits:
Slow Dissolve: Bill and Steve at the D Conference  —  Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, is intent on performing what must be the world's longest-running Cheshire Cat act.  —  Mr. Gates — who is reducing his role at Microsoft on July 1 and will work only on specific projects but will remain as chairman …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Gates to spend 20 percent of his time on Microsoft projects in retirement  —  At a reception prior to the start of the D6 conference, Bill Gates held court among a throng of reporters.  He explained some of the specifics of his July 1 “retirement” from daily duties at the company he founded.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from D: Gates and Ballmer debut Windows 7
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and John Tokash
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Windows 7: First Official Photos
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
VIDEO: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Highlight Reel, Part One
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Guessing Game Has Begun on the Next iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Can Steven P. Jobs top the iPhone ... with another iPhone?  —  Last June, Mr. Jobs began selling what has become one of the most talked-about consumer products in history.  Now he faces a new challenge as Apple prepares …
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iPhoneclub.nl:
Exclusive: More proof of curved, white iPhone 3G  —  Slow news day?  Not anymore!  Dutch communitysites iPhoneclub.nl and Macfreak.nl both received a couple of pictures of the supposed new casing of the second generation iPhone.  These pictures haven't surfaced on the internet before.
Jonathan Ratner / FP Trading Desk:
How applications will push Apple iPhone users to 30 million
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobaganda: A Dead-Simple Invite Site Built On Google's App Engine  —  If you like your invite apps dead-simple, check out Mobaganda.  You don't even have to log in.  Just click on start, add the name, date & time, and location, and create an event.  The site, which is built on the Google App Engine …
Discussion: Rev2.org, Reuters and STARTUP CHATTER
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   3,000 Developers To Converge On Google I/O Tomorrow.  Here's What To Expect.
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
Google App Engine Announces Pricing Plan, APIs, Open Access
Discussion: ReadWriteTalk, CrunchGear and Mashable!
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Sony + Tru2way = No More Set-top Boxes?  —  Sony has joined forces with six of the top cable companies in the U.S. to adopt tru2way technology in its TVs, thus eliminating the need for a set-top box when accessing television and other interactive services.  Apple, Netflix, Sezmi …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Sony, six cable companies adopt two-way CableCARD tech
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Court Finds Dell Guilty of Fraud
Discussion: Associated Press and 9 to 5 Mac
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The fbOpen Initiative: Facebook Confirms Plans to Open-Source Its Platform  —  A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to us that the social networking company will announce an open-source initiative around its Facebook Platform sometime today or tomorrow.  We originally broke this story we broke yesterday.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Social Networking Arms Race
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Mash-up of the week: Last.fm and YouTube  —  This is one of those simple but very clever ideas that makes you exhale softly, while sighing “I wish I'd thought of that”.  —  It's Last.fm + YouTube = music goodness.  —  Enter your last.fm username, or the username of someone whose music taste you trust …
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
OLPC XO-2 to Have Multi-Touch; Haptics in the Works
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV, Gizmodo and Engadget
Reuters:
Blu-ray DVD recorder sales rising fast in Japan
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
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Belgian newspapers want $77M from Google
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TiVo Service Will Deliver Selections of TV Critic
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
‘Biggest drawing in world’ revealed as hoax
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Web 2.0 = Bubble 2.0?  —  At TiECON East, Friday …
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Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
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