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5:55 PM ET, December 11, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome (BETA)  —  Since we first released Google Chrome, the development team has been hard at work improving the stability and overall performance of the browser.  In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google releases Chrome 1.0  —  Update: Google has announced that Chrome is no longer a beta.  Chrome 1.0 is now available for download for Windows; Google says it is working on support for Mac OS X and Linux.  —  When Google first began to expand beyond search, the company pioneered …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Chrome Comes Out of Beta with 10 Million Users
Discussion: Screenwerk, eWeek and SlashGear
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   As Chrome leaves beta, here's an update on the Mac version
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple working on 3D Mac OS X user interface (images)  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal the Mac maker has spent a considerable amount of time outlining a new multi-dimensional interface for Mac OS X that would make better use of screen real estate by increasing …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces  —  Dozens of Apple patent applications were published today revealing research that Apple had done in 2007 on many topics encompassing future versions of Mac OS X. The most intriguing is a series of patent applications which describe a “Multidimensional” user interface.
JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Apple left out?  AT&T brings back iPhone online and at-home activation  —  Yes!  AT&T is now offering the iPhone online with home activation.  I found this by looking for info on another phone, but found this advert when landing on their site.  At first, I figured I was reading it wrong …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, CrunchGear, Crave and Gearlog
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offers iPhone 3G home activation, for real this time  —  All you potential iPhone 3G buyers who loathe the thought of having to go into an AT&T store to activate your newly purchased phone can rejoice today as AT&T has finally enabled home activation for the iPhone 3G.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail  —  Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages.  And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's legal: … In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Layoffs At Last.FM Confirmed.  Where Else Are Heads Rolling At CBS?  —  Today, CBS Interactive is laying off people across several of its properties, I've confirmed with the company.  CBS is not saying which divisions or how many people are affected.  It is positioning the layoffs as part …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Guardian
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive Confirms CBSNews.com/CNET Newsroom Combo; No Word On Layoffs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The top 5 risks; Will it cut 2009 outlook as PC market stumbles?  —  The worries about Microsoft's fiscal second quarter and fiscal 2009 are starting to pile up.  While Microsoft is viewed as one of those recession resistant companies-no company is recession proof-the headwinds …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money  —  Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.  —  One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Did Accel Just Raise Money For A Facebook Bailout?  —  VC firm Accel Partners just closed two funds worth more than $1 billion.  —  $525 million will go toward a London-based fund for European startups.  —  The rest — about $480 million — will create the Accel Growth Fund, the firm's first for late-stage companies.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update may be around the corner  —  Apple this week is believed throwing the finishing touches on Mac OS X 10.5.6, the last planned maintenance and security update for Leopard during the 2008 calendar year.  —  Developers on Wednesday were reportedly equipped …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Said Web 2.0 Was R.I.P.?  Microblog Tumblr Raises $4.5 Million, Expectations  —  Tumblr is exactly the kind of start-up that's supposed to be gasping for air in today's dismal economy: A trendy but niche Web service with a prominent founder and exactly zero revenue.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Virus Spreads: No Social Network is Safe  —  “Koobface” is the name of the Trojan worm that's been making its way through the social networking site Facebook lately, but to the site's users, it's been simply known as “the Facebook virus.”  That name will soon become a misnomer …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Hollywood: Where Up Is Down, and ‘Anywhere’ Is Actually A Small Number Of Places  —  from the truthful-advertising-and-other-non- sequiturs dept  —  The latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, released on DVD this week, and I saw a TV ad for it the other night, touting the “digital copy” …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Gizmodo
Lalitesh Katragadda / Google LatLong:
Map making in new worlds  —  We are pleased to announce the launch of Google Map Maker, mapmaker.google.com, for 43 new countries and territories, including Argentina, Costa Rica, and Fiji.  Map Maker now allows people to create complete maps for 164 countries across the world.
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Maps Mania
Financial Times:
Lenovo in talks over possible acquisition  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Robin Kwong in Taipei  —  Lenovo, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, on Thursday said it was in talks over a possible acquisition after its shares jumped on speculation of a deal.
Discussion: The Register
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Acquires Chalk Media  —  RIM has just gobbled up a solution developer by the name of Chalk Media, who allow enterprises to push content (video, text, images and otherwise) to their workforce's BlackBerrys, as well as receive feedback and statistics on its usage.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft hires an open-source identity expert  —  Microsoft, long the bastion of proprietary thought, is increasingly adding open-source DNA to the fold.  And it's adding to its roster of open-source veterans: Dick Hardt, founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and ActiveState …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and The Register
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook adds Washington Post CEO to board of directors  —  Donald E. Graham, the chief executive and chairman of The Washington Post company, was an early confidant of Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.  Graham even passed on having his company invest in Facebook in the early days …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook SSD usage to fall under 10% in 2009  —  Has the solid-state drive had its day - at least as a key component of Small, Cheap Computers?  That's what one Asian market watcher reckons.  —  This week, DRAMeXchange forecast that the percentage of notebooks shipping with SSDs …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Windows Live Sync Is Now Available For Windows And Mac  —  Windows Live Sync is now Live at http://sync.live.com.  The team just announced it on their new blog: … The old FolderShare blog and newsgroup will retire, but the team is not leaving you in the cold.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps Hits Baltimore, Atlanta, Fort Wayne - Company's ‘wideband’ DOCSIS 3.0 deployment continues...  Comcast this morning stated that the nation's soon to be largest broadband operator would be deploying their new “Extreme 50” 50Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 tier in parts of Baltimore, Atlanta, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
“Report a Concern” at Google Maps  —  Since a recent Google Maps Street View update, Google shows the wording “Report a concern” at the footer of their panorama photos (in older versions, a text for this elsewhere was reading “Report inappropriate image” - the title to the report page still uses that wording).
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 build 6956 performance test  —  My Hardware 2.0 mailbag is brimming with Windows 7 related questions.  The main question on everyone's lips is the obvious one - How does Windows 7 stack up against Vista? … This test will pitch Windows 7 build 6956 32-bit against Windows Vista RTM 32-bit and Windows Vista SP1 32-bit.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mac firmware upgrades do NOT fix the 4 GB RAM problem  —  The appearance of the Apple firmware upgrades released yesterday for late 2008 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs was welcome news to me and other owners and many applied the upgrades immediately.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter: all your external HDDs, now network accessible
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Business Wire
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Now Flickr is hit by Yahoo layoffs
Jim Duffy / Network World:
Cisco is big tease about ‘Big Bang’ switch upgrade
PC Magazine:
Palm Expected to Launch Next-Gen OS at CES
Adam DuVander / Epicenter:
MapQuest Grasping for Relevance
Brett Smith / Free Software Foundation:
Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations
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Loren Donelson / Inside AdSense:
Extending AdSense for domains to all publishers
Network World:
Tech industry's biggest M&A deals of 2008
Discussion: FierceWireless
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
New WordPress 2.7 Paves the Way for WordPress Social Networks
Karen Brooks / Dallas Morning News:
Developer for George W. Bush library Web site paid $35K to buy back domain name
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube is not so wild anymore
Discussion: Know It All