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8:20 PM ET, September 2, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
First Test of Google's New Browser  —  Google has introduced a new Web browser, called Chrome, aimed at wresting dominance of the browser market from Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  The move takes the Google-Microsoft rivalry to a whole new level.  If Google succeeds, it will be a big deal …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Chrome - first impressions  —  I spent an hour this afternoon at Google's London HQ getting a first look at its new browser, Chrome.  So here are a few hurried first impressions...  The first thing you see when you open the browser is a clutch of snapshots of some of your favourite websites, garnered from your search history.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Preventing paranoia: when does Google Chrome talk to Google.com?  —  For better or worse, my blog is popular with the Google conspiracy-theorist demographic.  I knew that as soon as Google Chrome launched, some readers would ask tough questions about privacy and how/when Google Chrome communicates with google.com.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Be sure to read Chrome's fine print  —  Moments ago, Google went live with its Chrome Web Browser.  I immediately clicked download, but not before I saved a copy of its terms of service.  I like to know what I am agreeing to.  —  Here are a few things that stood out to me.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
The Invisible Browser  —  Google Chrome has been released and you can now finally try it.  Developed in the past two years, the browser is barely noticeable after you open it.  It loads faster than Internet Explorer and it has very few buttons and controls.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Is there anything original in Google Chrome?  —  Paul Thurrott's coverage of the Google Chrome leak/announcement ends with the remark that “what we've really got here is an example of Google pulling a Microsoft: Creating an unnecessary me-too product that they can use for product tie-ins.
Discussion: Marketing.fm
Amanda Walker / Google Mac Blog:
Platforms and Priorities  —  The initial public beta release of Chromium (the open source project for Google Chrome) builds and runs on Microsoft Windows, but we are actively working on versions for Mac OS X and Linux as well.  I'm one of the people focusing on the Mac version.
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web  —  Brian Rakowski walks to the whiteboard in a small conference room in Building 41 on Google's Mountain View campus.  A lanky, gregarious man in his twenties, Rakowski is the product manager of a top-secret project that's been under way for more than two years.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Answers to common Google Chrome objections
John / John's Blog:
Thoughts on Chrome & More  —  Interesting developments in the browser world lately.
Tom Krazit / CNET News - Apple:
Apple makes September 9 iPod event official  —  A trademark Apple special event will be held next week in San Francisco, and it looks like new iPods.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Updated 10:30 a.m. PDT after having a chance to catch my breath.  —  Apple has sent out invitations …
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's 'Let's Rock' Event Fuels New IPod Speculation
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Revamped Google Picasa site identifies photo faces  —  Google wants to help you put a name to that face.  —  With a face recognition feature set to launch at noon PDT Tuesday, Google's Picasa Web Albums will help users label their photos with the names of subjects.
Randall Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
IE 8 consumes more RAM than Windows XP  —  exo.performance.network is declaring IE 8 to the be one seriously bloated piece of software.  Not only is it “fatter” than IE 7, it's also more resource-intensive
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exo.blog:
Internet Explorer 8: Over 2x “Fatter” than Firefox
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Hulu Launches Fall Lineup, Premieres Before TV Broadcast  —  Hulu on Tuesday announced that it has launched its Fall Premiere Lineup, which over the next seven weeks, will be the place to find season premieres of Prison Break, Bones, House, Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock.
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Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Price War Erupts For High-Speed Internet Service  —  The battle between cable and phone companies to sign up new customers for high-speed Internet service is heating up, creating fresh opportunities for consumers to cut their bills.  —  Verizon Communications Inc., which last quarter became …
Discussion: TechBlog, GigaOM and Telecompetitor
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broadband price war brews
Discussion: PC World
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Amazon Takes On Wikipedia With Editable Music Data  —  Wikipedia is an undeniably helpful resource for researching bands, with fairly accurate data that tends to be updated in near real time.  Amazon hopes the same sort of thing will happen on its new SoundUnwound site …
Mykbibby / Mac Soda:
Is Steve Jobs Dying?  And Is Fake Steve Resurrecting?  —  I have been exchanging emails with Dan Lyons, the man behind Fake Steve, and he revealed some scary news.  I emailed him to tell him that Steve Jobs isn't dying like some believe, and that according to the New York Times, he's sick …
Discussion: MacUser and Valleywag
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Connect Wordpress Plugin Leaked  —  A few sources have alerted me to a project that Facebook has been working on: integrating Facebook Connect directly with Wordpress.  For all you developers that also thought that building a Facebook Connect plugin would be brilliant idea, you might want to stop development.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone: 8 million and counting  —  On Saturday, Aug. 30, the daughters of “BillH” bought an iPhone at an AT&T store in Sunnyvale, Calif. The next day, their father, an Apple investor from Minneapolis, reported on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board (AFB) that the so-called IMEI number …
 
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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
FCC To Test Free Wi-Fi For T-Mobile Interference
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The Official Google Blog:
Denver recap and St. Paul update
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
iPhone Challenges Symbian, but Symbian Fights Back
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Nokia ‘Comes With Music’ To Offer ‘Free’ Music to Cellphone Subscribers
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Credit Card Companies Gagged Mythbusters Over RFID Vulnerabilities?
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