June 26, 2013, 6:30 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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: ‘Metro-Style’ Office not due until 2014  —  Summary: The ‘Metro-Style’ versions of Microsoft's core Office applications won't be out until 2014, Microsoft officials are confirming.  —  Microsoft officials are showing off a quick sneak peek of one of the coming “Metro-Style” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft treats Build 2013 attendees to an Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet and a Surface Pro  —  At its Build 2013 conference today, Microsoft announced that developers will be receiving an Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet and a Surface Pro.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the former …
More: IntoMobile
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Sprint announces HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo Windows Phone 8 devices  —  Summary: Sprint is again the last major carrier to carry a Windows Phone device and today announced that two new models will be coming later this summer.  —  Matthew Miller  —  Sprint customers only had one choice …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Data, meet spies: The unfinished state of Web crypto  —  Many large Web companies have failed to adopt a decades-old encryption technology to safeguard confidential user communications.  Google is a rare exception, and Facebook is about to follow suit.  —  One of Facebook's data centers.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Now for Android gets cards for TV shows and offers, voice action to play music, and more  —  Google today released an update to its Google Search app for Android, adding new features exclusive for Jelly Bean devices.  You can grab the new version now directly from Google Play.
SSL: Intercepted today, decrypted tomorrow  —  Millions of websites and billions of people rely on SSL to protect the transmission of sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, and personal information with the expectation that encryption guarantees privacy.
More: TechSpot
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Experimenting With New Live Events Platform, “DVR Mode” For Using Twitter With TV & More  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo today hinted at several upcoming features for the social media platform, including plans to address cyberbullying and better ways to filter the “signal from the noise” …

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