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4:30 AM ET, June 2, 2011

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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.
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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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Windows 8 Is Fundamentally Flawed as a Response to the iPad  —  The new Windows 8 touch-based UI, revealed earlier today at the D9 Conference, looks good.  It's clearly drawn from the same inspiration as Windows Phone 7, and shows some seriously innovative UI thinking.
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 …
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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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Kent / Newsome.Org:
Google +1 Plus Google Apps Equals Nothing
Discussion: Computerworld
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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
New Twitter Search Is Nice, But Still Needs Work
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“Grandpa” Andreessen Says We Live in Dang Exciting Times  —  Marc Andreessen has been a venture capitalist for two years, and just scored his first big win: Selling Skype to Microsoft for $8.5 billion.  His firm's aggressive investment strategy, in both early and late-stage companies, has put Sand Hill Road on notice.
Discussion: AllThingsD and @wsjtech
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Marc Andreessen Says There's No Bubble. But He's Happy if You Think There Is.
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.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:   Shaq's Retirement Drives 500k Viewers to Tout in 3 Hours
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Underground Website Where You Can Buy Any Drug Imaginable  —  Making small talk with your pot dealer sucks.  Buying cocaine can get you shot.  What if you could buy and sell drugs online like books or light bulbs?  Now you can: Welcome to Silk Road.  —  About three weeks ago …
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.
Kevin May / Tnooz:
Airbnb admits rogue sales team used Craigslist for stealthy property drive  —  Apartment rental service Airbnb has confirmed salespeople made unsolicited approaches to property owners on classified listings service Craigslist.  —  An unknown number of salespeople contracted to the company …
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.
Discussion: @wsjtech and WebProNews
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Reuters:
Twitter CEO says 80 percent of advertisers renew
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
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 …
Grace Chen / PlayStation Blog:
PlayStation Store is Available and Updated Now  —  The PlayStation Store is back online and thank you everyone for your patience.  You will notice a huge lineup of new downloadable games, demos, add-on content, themes, avatars and videos.  Also, PlayStation Plus has been updated with new full game trials …
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: AllThingsD, SAI and CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Threadless CTO Is Now Obama Campaign CTO  —  The Obama 2012 campaign is about to get a lot hipper.  Former CEO and apparent unabashed wacky person Harper Reed has just been named as its CTO.  Reed was at Threadless until 2009, then moved to Rackspace for a couple of months …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and @benhuh
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
NYSE announces financial services cloud  —  The service will be priced on a standard per-CPU model  —  Computerworld - The New York Stock Exchange Euronext's technology division today announced a cloud services offering for the capital markets community, a product it described as the financial services industry's first cloud platform.
Discussion: SAI and The Register
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
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Lets You License Videos Under Creative Commons (Remixers, Rejoice)
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Takes Control of iCloud.com
Discussion: Computerworld and The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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LightSquared near $2 billion a year Sprint deal: sources
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may offer free iCloud services with aggressively priced Mac OS X Lion
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon Books Travel Plans Through Expedia Partnership
Discussion: PR Newswire, VatorNews and Tnooz
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Exclusive: LinkedIn to Launch Job Application Tool