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3:40 AM ET, September 3, 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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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.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw  —  Google's shiny new Web browser is vulnerable to a carpet-bombing vulnerability that could expose Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.  —  Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
VIDEO: Sergey Brin on Why Google's Launching a Browser  —  Google's Chrome browser is now officially available here.  I'm afraid I haven't had a chance to try it, though I hope to a little later; meantime, here's an early review from Walt Mossberg of the Journal, who has had a week to test it out.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GetClicky Analytics Service Tracking 2% Google Chrome Usage  —  Web analytics startup GetClicky says that almost 2% of all internet traffic to the 45,000 websites they monitor is coming from Google Chrome today.  That's sure to dip down as a lot of people go back to their normal browsers …
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.
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.
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Be sure to read Chrome's fine print
The Register:   Google's comic capers: what they really meant to say
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Is there anything original in Google Chrome?
Discussion: Marketing.fm
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Searching With Google Chrome & Omnibox
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Stock Is Like a Falling Knife  —  And BoomTown has to wonder who is going to try to catch it without getting sliced and slashed.  —  As we noted earlier about Yahoo's dicey situation, in a back-to-school post about what various Internet companies need to focus on in the months ahead:
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rachel Beckman / Washington Post:
Facebook Ads Target You Where It Hurts  —  Maybe it's my age, my sex or the fact that it knew I was engaged, but the site decided I was a gal who needed to drop a few pounds.  And it wasn't shy about its tactics.  —  This was not a close friend taking me aside, telling me in gentle tones …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have a New CEO!  —  Just like that, the summer of 2008 has come to an end here in the U.S. (though gratefully, San Francisco is only going to get warmer over the next 60 days.)  Summer is the one time when the business community, that of Silicon Valley in particular, pauses a bit to refresh and recharge.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Enhancing Your IFrame-based Applications  —  Based on developer requests for greater flexibility and for better performance, we've added a number of new features for iframe canvas pages that provide them with much of the functionality previously available only to FBML-based applications.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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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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.
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Controversy Snarls Upgrade Of Terrorist Data Repository  —  A major effort to upgrade intelligence computers that hold the government's master list of terrorist identities is embroiled in controversy about the project's management and the work of contractors hired for the job, documents and interviews show.
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 …
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
Discussion: TechSpot
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Internet Explorer 8: Over 2x “Fatter” than Firefox
 
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Prosper.com and peer-to-peer lending in the economic downturn
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
NebuAd Loses CEO, Won't Admit Defeat
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P traffic drops as streaming video grows in popularity
Brad Stone / Bits:
Songza Rocks the College Scene
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
City Tests Switch to Digital TV
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
ICANN Not Vetting Registrars
Discussion: The Register
Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Growth in Symbian phone sales continues to slow
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
FCC To Test Free Wi-Fi For T-Mobile Interference
Discussion: TechSpot
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Amazon Takes On Wikipedia With Editable Music Data
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme
Discussion: The Blog known …
Peter Cohen / PC World:
AT&T USBConnect Mercury Connects Mac Laptops to 3G
Discussion: Computerworld, Macworld and Gizmodo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broadband price war brews
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Nokia ‘Comes With Music’ To Offer ‘Free’ Music to Cellphone Subscribers
PitchEngine:
Shure Introduces SE102MPA Sound Isolating™ Stereo Headset
Discussion: Engadget
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Twintro: Twitter's ‘blind dating’ service
Discussion: Robert Balousek and WebProNews
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone: 8 million and counting