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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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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.
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Eleven Questions About Google's Chrome OS
Om Malik / GigaOM:
King of Pop Proves to be King of Traffic: MJ's Online Memorial Pushes Internet's Limits  —  Michael Jackson's memorial held today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles turned out to be one of the biggest online events ever, according to various reports.  Akamai says that it was the second-largest …
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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 was indeed a giant Internet event.  But it doesn't seem to have been as big as Michael Jackson's death …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pandora (And Other Internet Radio) Has Officially Been Saved  —  After two years of uncertainty, Pandora's future has finally been secured.  —  For those not familiar with what was going on, basically the streaming rates for Internet radio were in danger of being raised to levels …
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Music Labels Reach Online Royalty Deal  —  Internet radio, once on its deathbed, is likely to survive after all.  —  On Tuesday, after a two-year battle, record labels and online radio stations agreed on new royalty rates that cover music streaming.  —  Many of the music sites had argued …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Killing Mobile Apps That Use Its Data  —  Well, this sucks.  I had not yet gotten around to downloading the new Delicious Library iPhone app, which I heard was great.  And now I can't because the developer had to remove it from the App Store.  Why?  Because of Amazon.
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Alan Quatermain:   Amazon Axes Delicious Library for iPhone
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, Gawker and Forbes
Julie Zhou / Google LatLong:
Help customers find their way with new Google Maps gadget  —  Last week, I looked up directions to the hotel in Sacramento that I had booked for the 4th of July weekend.  As I had never been to that part of the state before, I was puzzled by the directions offered by their website …
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Sun Valley set to consider paid content  —  A debate over paid content that has riven the newspaper business and spread across the rest of the media sector is expected to frame discussions at the annual confab of media and technology power brokers and entrepreneurs in Sun Valley this week.
Discussion: Digits
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Spammers Shorten Their URLs  —  Shortened URLs are great for character-conscious Tweeters, marketers who want to track Web site visitors, and even perhaps an opportunity for venture capitalists who are investing in companies such as Bit.ly.  —  But they are also providing a boon to spammers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Greylock Take Stake In OpenDNS  —  It isn't the sexiest startup in Silicon Valley, but San Francisco based OpenDNS just closed one of the most competitive venture capital deals in recent history.  Top tier firms Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners came out the winners.
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Curbs YouTube Copyrights Suit  —  A federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright class-action against Google Inc.'s YouTube dismissed some of the plaintiffs' claims for certain types of damages from the video-sharing site.  —  U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that one group of plaintiffs …
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Kim Thai / Fortune:
Is Digg the Jan Brady of Web 2.0?  —  The once-hot site is undergoing a major upgrade to keep pace with Facebook and Twitter.  Will users dig it once again?  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Digg, the once-hot social news website, has become the middle child of the premiere web 2.0 companies.
Discussion: Reuters
The Official Google Blog:
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)  —  We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta.  For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years.  We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of …
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, EU Said to Be in Talks to Settle Two Antitrust Investigations  —  Microsoft Corp., which has been fined 1.68 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in European Union antitrust cases, is in preliminary talks to settle two additional investigations before EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes leaves office …
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: Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Dell launches digital forensics service for police  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Dell Inc, the world's second-biggest maker of personal computers, launched a package of hardware, software and services on Tuesday designed to help police convict more criminals as digital evidence proliferates.
Discussion: DailyTech
GamesIndustry.biz:
Over 13,000 iPhone games on App Store  —  Apple's App Store now features over 13,000 games for the iPhone, accounting for over 20 per cent of applications on offer for the handset.  —  At the time of writing, free titles account for 22.6 per cent of games on offer, with paid for games making …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VC Valuations: What Went Up Has Come Down  —  The majority of second-round-and-later venture funding deals during the first quarter of 2009 showed a decrease in valuation.  Fifty-one percent of the financing during the period were so-called down rounds, which means the price per share …
Electronista:
Apple to pass Nokia in smartphone share by 2013  —  Apple's share of the smartphone market is growing quickly enough that it could overtake Nokia's in as little as four years, according to data from Generator Research.  The analyst group sees the market almost reversing itself from its situation today …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple 2.0
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Quantcast Raising New Cash at $300 Million Valuation  —  Quantcast, a San Francisco-based provider of online audience analytics, is looking to raise around $50 million at a $300 million pre-money valuation, peHUB has learned.  One source tells us that the company has already received multiple term sheets …
Discussion: paidContent and Pulse2
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Consumer electronics sales rebound in second quarter
Discussion: EE Times
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Why is Google's AdSense doing the bidding of Scientology?
Discussion: GigaOM and I4U News
Joshua Odmark / Search Engine Journal:
No Precedence For Social Media - Amazon Hangs Us Out To Dry
Discussion: Big in Japan
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo's Euro VP Joining AOL Proper; Where Now For The Social Net?
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Veodia Launches Screenjelly for Snackable Screencasts
Discussion: TechCrunch and Net
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam
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AT&T Will Scare You Into Keeping Your Landline
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Mobile Apps Drifting to the Cloud
Discussion: Softpedia News and AppScout
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mobile Phone Keyboards
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
Kazaa's bizarre new PR campaign
Discussion: MobileCrunch and PRWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Founder/CEO Dick Costolo To Leave Google
 

 
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