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Windows 8 to go mobile (week in review)

Microsoft's new OS to take mobile OS to the desktop. Hackers hit Sony again. Also: Cell phone radiation dangers.

Microsoft's next operating system is going to attempt to elevate a mobile OS to the desktop.

Code-named "Windows 8" by Microsoft, the next-generation OS is also expected to be touch-friendly and work seamlessly on tablets, desktops, and laptops. Microsoft gave an early demonstration of the new look and capability of Windows 8 at theD9 conference.

The development platform is based on HTML5 and JavaScript. Any applications created for a touch (tablet) interface can also work with a mouse and keyboard. There's also an option for a split virtual keyboard for typing on a tablet.

The system requirements for Windows 8 won't be more than what's required for a PC to run Windows 7, and it will run on Intel, AMD processors, and ARM chips.
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Eric Schmidt: 'Gang of four' rules tech

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt at the D9 conference explains why Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook lead the consumer tech world.
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HP CEO: We might license WebOS

Also at D9, HP's Leo Apotheker says there are no current plans to let other firms license his company's mobile OS, but HP might consider it for phone makers like HTC
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Hackers steal more customer info from Sony servers

The same group that hacked PBS's Web site over the weekend says it has compromised the personal information and passwords of "over 1 million" Sony customers.
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•  PlayStation Store back online

Cell phone radiation: Harmless or health risk?

Despite years of research, there's little consensus on whether you should be worried about your well-being. CNET explains why experts looking at the same data have completely different conclusions.
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•  WHO: Cell phones may cause cancer
•  Researcher's strong signal on cell phone risk (Q&A)
•  Twenty highest-radiation cell phones

Groupon files its IPO papers

The company that pioneered the daily-deals business is seeking $750 million in the offering, following the recent IPO from LinkedIn.
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Google rolls out rival to Groupon in Portland, Ore.

Search giant kicks off Google Offers today in the City of Roses, with plans to expand the daily-deals service to San Francisco and New York next.
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Apple, Jobs to talk iCloud at WWDC

The company plans to unveil a "cloud services offering" along with the Lion version of Mac OS X. CEO Steve Jobs, on medical leave, will be on hand for the announcement.
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•  iCloud mention out of character for Apple
•  Apple gains control of iCloud domain
•  Apple files for iCloud trademark in Europe
•  iCloud logo unveiled as Apple sets up for WWDC
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Feds investigate alleged attacks on Gmail accounts

The U.S. government is looking into reports that hackers tried to access Gmail accounts of federal officials, journalists, and Chinese activists.
•  Google 'disrupts' Gmail phishing scheme in China

Twitter launches own photo-sharing service

CEO Dick Costolo tells D9 crowd the goal is to "remove the friction" from adding photos. This and other new Twitter services will replace third-party apps for many users.
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•  Beware the bogus 'TimeSpentHere' Twitter app

Google launches +1, a new social step

The company's answer to Facebook's "like" buttons is an incremental social addition that's wired into Google services and search results.
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•  New LinkedIn button hooks up to job app tool

Weiner grapples with Twitter sex scandal

In the span of only a few days, Rep. Anthony Weiner has firmly ensnared himself in what is fast becoming Capitol Hill's first Twitter sex scandal.
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