June 26, 2013, 7:20 PM

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
The Windows 8.1 Preview is here!  —  A couple of weeks ago, Antoine Leblond talked about continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1.  It continues to push ahead with our bet that the PC industry is going through a shift that is driven by mobility.  We previously announced that Windows 8.1 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Windows 8.1 Preview With Start Button, Deep SkyDrive Integration, Smarter Search Tool & More  —  Microsoft today officially launched Windows 8.1 Preview, the first public beta of its flagship operating system's next version, at its Build developer conference in San Francisco today.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Official Facebook app is coming to Windows 8  —  Today at its Build developers conference in San Francisco, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Facebook will bring an official application to Windows 8 in the future.  A timeframe was not specified.  —  Gathered developers managed applause at the news.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This is Motorola Mobility's new logo  —  Motorola Mobility is making changes to its well-known brand this week, switching to a new, all-lower-case typeface that's both thinner and softer than the classic bold and italic “MOTOROLA” that has been used for decades.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Xbox One's Kinect now ready for $399 Windows developer pre-order  —  Microsoft is opening up pre-orders for development kits of its next-generation Kinect for Windows.  The new peripheral, which was unveiled at the Xbox One launch in May, features a vastly improved sensor set and microphone array …
Alex Byers / Politico:
NSA takes surveillance fact sheets off website  —  Following a complaint from two senators, the National Security Agency has removed from its website two fact sheets designed to shed light on and defend a pair of surveillance programs.  Users now trying to access the documents detailing …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype & Yahoo Hit With Prism Data Protection Complaints In Europe  —  The European data protection activists behind the Europe v Facebook (evf) campaign group, that has long been a thorn in Facebook's side in Europe, have filed new complaints under regional data …
Eric Franklin / CNET:
Nvidia delays Shield to July, due to 11th-hour dilemma  —  Nvidia discovers last minute “mechanical issue” with Shield and promptly delays it to July.  —  Just when you thought it was out, they pull it back in.  Nvidia has delayed its Shield portable gaming console just one day before its original June 27 …
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Microsoft Also Challenges Government Surveillance Gag Order  —  Microsoft cited the First Amendment in its legal filing to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and challenged what the company says are U.S. government restrictions on how much it can reveal publicly about secret orders …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Heroku taps industry vet Tod Nielsen as new CEO  —  Tod Nielsen, who helped lead the charge on VMware's Cloud Foundry platform-as a service, has switched PaaS providers, joining Heroku as CEO.  —  The last we heard in January, Nielsen was on his way from VMware to its Pivotal spinoff, where he reported to CEO Paul Maritz.
More: AllThingsD and ZDNet
Scott Buscemi / 9to5Mac:
iOS 7 includes ability to control your iPhone or iPad using head movements  —  Discovered by an anonymous tipster, iOS 7′s “Accessibility” section now includes a feature that allows you to control your iPhone or iPad with left or right head movements.  We've tested this ourselves …

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