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10:40 AM ET, September 2, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
A fresh take on the browser  —  At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.”  While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well!  As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Screenshots  —  Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at gears.google.com/chrome/ just now, as Uval in the forum noticed.  While the download itself didn't work when I tried …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meet Chrome, Google's Windows Killer  —  Make no mistake.  The cute comic book and the touchy-feely talk about user experience is little more than a coat of paint on top of a monumental hatred of Microsoft.  —  Chrome, the Webkit-based Google browser that launches tomorrow at Google.com/chrome …
Nick / Rough Type:
The cloud's Chrome lining  —  Google's release today of a test version of its new open-source web browser, Chrome, marks an important moment in the ongoing shift of personal computing from the PC hard drive to the Internet “cloud.”  I distinctly remember when, back in 1988 …
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:   Who cares about Chrome. IE6 Has 25% Market Share
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Mozilla Not Worried About Google Browser
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Ten Questions About Google Chrome
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:   Google Chrome, the security tidbits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why is Google Releasing a Browser?
Discussion: BoomTown, i-boy and jkOnTheRun
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Launches Video Sharing for Business  —  Google has found a way to make money from video sharing — but not on YouTube.  The company will add video to its paid business edition of Google Apps on Monday.  In a way, Google is opening up a whole new category of online video: internal corporate video sharing.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Video added to Google Apps
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia to launch ‘Comes With Music’ first in the United Kingdom  —  Carphone Warehouse exclusive pre-paid channel with Nokia 5310 XpressMusic  —  London, UK - Nokia today announced that the United Kingdom will be the first market in the world to launch ‘Comes With Music’ …
Discussion: All About Symbian and I4U News
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Associated Press:
Russia's MegaFon to sell iPhone  —  MOSCOW - MegaFon, Russia's third-largest mobile phone company, said Tuesday it will start selling Apple's iPhone 3G in Russia later this year.  —  MegaFon did not provide further details of the deal.  —  iPhones have not gone on sale officially in Russia …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Reuters and Gearlog
BBC:
Ultrasound to give feel to games  —  The power of ultrasonic waves has been harnessed to produce “virtual” objects in mid-air.  —  The field of haptics - integrating computing and the sense of touch - has been around for some time but has required gloves or mechanical devices to impart a sense of feeling.
Discussion: Gearlog and Blue's News
Ted Dziuba:
OpenID Is Why I Hate The Internet  —  I've been farting around with Jeff Atwood's StackOverflow for a few weeks now as a beta tester.  —  Everything was all well and good until I had to figure out how to use OpenID.  I've been watching the development of this s**t from the sidelines for a while …
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: Valleywag and iPhone Savior
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron 910 Gets Release Date: This Friday, September 5th.  —  We've been following the news and leaks on Dell's Eee PC answer, the Inspiron 910, and now here's some more info: we've learned it'll be released on September 5th.  The news is not concrete, for sure, but that date's soon: this friday, ultra-portable PC fans.
Damien McFerran / Sony PSP, Nintendo DS …:
Opening the box: The story of the Pandora (so far)  —  We lift the lid on the most powerful handheld ever  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Open source handhelds have been with us for a while now.  Those of you with a decent memory will recall the excellent GP2X from Korean manufacturer …
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Engadget
 
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Associated Press:
Privacy concerns may derail Web-tracking venture
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Letter lottery defines spam load
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The Guru / Symbian-Guru.com:
Nokia E66 NAM Hits The Flagship Stores
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Pie in the Skymarket?
Mike Hale / New York Times:
Television Keeps a Hand in the Online Game With Serialized Shows
Discussion: CinemaTech
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
MLB Hits It Out of the Park Online
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CAPTCHAs flummox bots, but may be doomed by CAPTCHA farmers
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Twitter is winning
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Apple Puts One More Nail Into the CD Coffin
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