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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.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, VentureBeat and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Web Radio Darling Pandora Slips the Noose, But at a Cost: Heavy Users Have to Pay.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 and MediaFile
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 …
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 …
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Why is Google's AdSense doing the bidding of Scientology?  —  My Google AdSense seems to be infested with Scientology ads.  I am not sure why but I can't get Google to remove them from my site.  It's not a random ad, either.  It seems like every single time an ad comes to my site from Google, it is Scientology.
Discussion: I4U News and GigaOM
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Will Scare You Into Keeping Your Landline  —  Keep your landline or your loved ones may die, seems to be the messaging tied to AT&T's Home Base campaign released today.  It comes on the heels of a Verizon ad aimed at getting non-Verizon landline customers to ditch their wires in exchange for wireless.
Joshua Odmark / Search Engine Journal:
No Precedence For Social Media - Amazon Hangs Us Out To Dry  —  A Disconnect Between Social Media Marketing And Amazon.com  —  Recently I had an interesting interaction with Amazon's affiliate program.  —  Rather than telling you the story from start to finish, I am going to Tarantino it.
Discussion: Big in Japan
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Consumer electronics sales rebound in second quarter  —  In a sign of economic life, global consumer electronics sales rose 4.2 percent to $71.1 billion, compared to $68.3 billion in the first quarter, according to market researcher iSuppli.  Sales for the second quarter were down 11.3 percent from a year ago.
Discussion: EE Times
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam  —  Starting a newspaper filled with material from blogs seemed audacious — as did the idea of starting any kind of newspaper in 2009.  But Joshua Karp did just that in January.  In the end, it didn't work out.  —  Mr. Karp, the founder of The Printed Blog …
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
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Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Clearwire Launching WiMAX in Las Vegas
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo's Euro VP Joining AOL Proper; Where Now For The Social Net?
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Twitter Fake Profile Case Settled
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
VMware offering ‘safe passage’ to Virtual Iron users
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Mobile Apps Drifting to the Cloud
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Founder/CEO Dick Costolo To Leave Google
Spencer Ante / Tech Beat:
Made Men: Why Venture Capitalists Sponsor Other VCs
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing
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