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4:40 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Be sure to read Chrome's fine print
The Register:   Google's comic capers: what they really meant to say
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Chrome tops IE, Firefox in Acid3 test
Discussion: louisgray.com and jkOnTheRun
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Is there anything original in Google Chrome?
Discussion: Marketing.fm
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want On The Digg Home Page?  That'll Be $1,200.  —  InvespBlog has published what it claims is an interview with a top Digg user - someone who has a 34% success ratio in getting submitted stories to the home page of Digg.  The Digg user isn't named - he or she says “I have a reputation to withhold” (we know what they meant).
Discussion: The Invesp Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
NebuAd Loses CEO, Won't Admit Defeat  —  After layoffs last month and an Associated Press article today pointed out that NebuAd has little or no future based on its business model of using deep packet inspection technology to insert advertising into a consumer's web site based on their surfing habits, the company lost CEO Bob Dykes.
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 and All Facebook
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.
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: Telecompetitor and GigaOM
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   Broadband price war brews
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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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
There.com to add Mac support and Facebook plug-in
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8320 hitting AT&T this month, gets darker
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Entrepreneurs Find Ways to Make Technology Work With Jewish Sabbath
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Controversy Snarls Upgrade Of Terrorist Data Repository
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Prosper.com and peer-to-peer lending in the economic downturn
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P traffic drops as streaming video grows in popularity
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Songza Rocks the College Scene
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
City Tests Switch to Digital TV
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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
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
Randall Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
IE 8 consumes more RAM than Windows XP
Discussion: exo.blog and TechSpot
 

 
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