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12:40 PM ET, July 8, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google Chrome OS  —  It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser.  Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.  We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Eleven Questions About Google's Chrome OS  —  Here's one of those breaking stories that's stunning at first-until you think about it, whereupon it feels like it was always inevitable.  Google announced tonight that it's working on an operating system for PCs, turning a hypothetical scenario that's been around for years into reality.
Discussion: Financial Times
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft.  And It's Made of Chrome.  —  Wow.  So you know all those whispers about a Google desktop operating system that never seem to go away?  You thought they might with the launch of Android, Google's mobile OS.  But they persisted.  And for good reason, because it's real.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to respond to Google OS next Monday?  —  Blogger Robert Scoble has posted a message on his FriendFeed account, hinting at a Microsoft announcement next Monday, related to Google's OS.  —  In the posting, Scoble notes “why did Google announce Chrome OS this week?
Renai LeMay / ZDNET.com.au:
No thanks Google, we've got Ubuntu  —  commentary Google's revelation today that it will create its own operating system will bring just one reaction from operating system enthusiasts worldwide.  —  “Not another Linux distribution,” they'll cry.  —  They'll say this because if there is one problem …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will Google's Chrome OS look rusty by late 2010?  —  After years of repeated denials, Google has finally acknowledged that it is, indeed, building an operating system for PCs.  —  I think it's good for customers, PC makers, software makers and even for Microsoft that Google is getting into the operating-system game.
New York Times:
Google Plans a PC Operating System  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome Web browser.  —  The operating system, called Chrome OS, is initially intended for use in the tiny …
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Google ChromeOS: have people given leave of their senses?  —  Reading the commentary from the likes of TechCrunch, Mashable, The Guardian and even our own esteemed Sam Diaz on the pre-launch (you've got a onther YEAR to wait) you'd think the Google ChromeOS was the closest thing to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Dilettante Google Needs To Get Serious About Chrome OS Or It Will Flop
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Chrome OS, Huh? Will it be Based on a Google Analytics Kernel?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome: Redefining The Operating System
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Bloomberg:
Apple Disclosures on Jobs's Health Said to Remain Subject of SEC Review  —  Apple Inc.'s disclosures about Steve Jobs's health remain under scrutiny by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators over how his condition went from “relatively simple” to “more complex” in nine days, said a person familiar with the matter.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Michael Jackson's Last Performance on the Web: Big, but Not Obama Big  —  Depending on your perspective, this is either interesting news or heartening news: Michael Jackson's funeral and memorial were indeed a giant Internet event.  But they don't seem to have been as big as Michael Jackson's death …
Discussion: Mashable! and Bloomberg
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Online attack hits US government Web sites  —  IDG News Service - A botnet comprised of about 50,000 infected computers has been waging a war against U.S. government Web sites and causing headaches for businesses in the U.S. and South Korea.  —  The attack started Saturday …
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Sony CEO dismisses price cut chatter on PlayStation  —  Sony Corp Chief Executive Howard Stringer brushed off concerns that the PlayStation 3 video game console is too expensive, and said the company is unlikely to sell parts of its business amid the recession.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Hulu Succeeded As Other Video Sites Failed  —  Many people watch free, advertising-supported episodes of shows on sites like Hulu.  —  Why were so many people in the technology world wrong about Hulu?  It was an idea that seemed like a relic of the worst excesses of the dot-com era …
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New images of Sony Ericsson Rachael and Kiki surface along with a Rachael UI video  —  Heads up SE fans!  A tipster just dropped us a lead on some new shots (and a video) of the mouth watering Sony Ericsson Rachael and the plant watering Sony Ericsson Kiki — which means were dropping them on you.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch 3G now available for pre-order  —  Are you one of the many T-Mobile customers itching to get your hands on a sexy new myTouch 3G?  We don't blame you — as long as a physical QWERTY isn't a prerequisite for you, this little guy is definitely a solid choice for Tmo customers looking to get some Android love.
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
Aaron Sorkin's Facebook Script Might Actually Be Amazing  —  Ah yes, Aaron Sorkin's movie about Facebook.  “Imagine going from nothing to a billionaire in less than a year.  How do you even grasp that kind of success?  How do you live a normal life?  How do you address the constant lawsuits that eat into your everyday existence?
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Carson Reeves / ScriptShadow:
The Social Network (Facebook Movie)
Discussion: ScreenCrave.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
So Much For That Idea.  Facebook Has Killed Off Its Great Apps Initiative  —  Last summer Facebook announced two new programs designed to help surface some of the best applications on Facebook Platform.  The first, called Verified Apps, was to help users find applications they could trust …
Discussion: All Facebook and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
GSMArena.com:
12 MP LG GC990 Louvre unveiled, exclusive photos inside  —  Today the new cameraphone flagship LG GC990 Louvre made its first public appearance.  Sporting a 12 MP autofocus camera and HD video recording it was showcased at a Korea Products Exhibition held in Warsaw.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre gang up on BlackBerry sales  —  Research in Motion's BlackBerry sales had a rough June at AT&T and Sprint as those wireless carriers talked up the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre, respectively.  —  Those findings come courtesy of Piper Jaffray's Michael Walkley.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Christian Engström / Financial Times:
Copyright laws threaten our online freedom  —  If you search for Elvis Presley in Wikipedia, you will find a lot of text and a few pictures that have been cleared for distribution.  But you will find no music and no film clips, due to copyright restrictions.  What we think of as our common cultural heritage is not “ours” at all.
Discussion: p2pnet
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
HideTab lets you cloak embarrassing tabs quickly  —  Besides blazing fast JavaScript benchmarks, privacy mode is the big new feature in modern browsers.  The latest version of Firefox includes many privacy enhancements that can keep others from seeing what you've been up to while online.
 
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Stephen Elson / BBC Internet Blog:
Glow JavaScript library open source release
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