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12:55 PM ET, July 9, 2009


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Ian Fette / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Chrome OS - FAQ  —  We've been getting a number of questions in reference to our ‘Introducing the Google Chrome OS’ blog post, and so here are a number of your most frequently asked Qs - along with our As.  We'll be sure to add more to this list as popular questions come in.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Putting together the pieces of Microsoft's “big announcement” next Monday  —  It might have been the day the Chrome OS is finally announced, but according to Robert Scoble, this was actually a timely stunt by Google in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight before what he claims to be a …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google names Chrome OS compatriots, Dell noticeably absent
Discussion: Gizmodo
Staska / Unwired View:
Next in your iPhone OS: live object identification, face recognition, text filtering, smarter messaging, voice alteration  —  Apple guys do keep themselves busy thinking up new ways how to improve their iPhone OS software.  And Apple's patent applications give us a glimpse of how they may go about it.
Discussion: MacRumors and Boy Genius Report
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Best Buy and TiVo Are Forming an Alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that popularized the digital video recorder, and Best Buy, the national electronics chain, are forging a broad partnership.  —  On Thursday, the companies plan to announce that Best Buy …
Chromeosleak /
I am sorry if you beleived it.  It was a really bad attempt.  You all are smart people.  I never planned on it getting this big.  But it did.  (Come one, I know the Google logo.  I am actually a graphic designer, I just wanted to see reactions if it was a crappy back.)  —  Oh, right, I also DO know CSS and HTML.
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Bing Now Bigger Than Digg, Twitter and CNN  —  With the headlines that Microsoft's new search engine Bing has been grabbing, it's easy to forget that it only went live about a month ago.  Since its launch at the beginning of June, it has given Google pause and even had its own web infomercial.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets In Your Face About Upgrading to Firefox 3.5  —  Woah, this is weird.  Twitter has apparently starting promoting Firefox 3.5, which was released last week, to some of its users.  Judging by Twitter Search, the banner began popping up around eight hours ago …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Long Live 3.5mm: HTC Makes The Switch  —  Dongles.  In-line adapters.  Proprietary headset ports.  If it's an audio port on a mobile handset and it's not 3.5mm, it's junk.  As we declared back in May, we're done with all of it.  Now HTC, sire of the T-Mobile G1, myTouch …
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Oodle + Twitter = Another Jab At Craigslist  —  Oodle continues to chip away at Craigslist's domination of the online classifieds market by partnering with much larger sites like AOL and powering their listings—but with a new Twitter integration, the startup is making the battle about more than just scale …
Discussion: Local Onliner and I4U News
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Real-Time Startup CoTweet Raises Real Money  —  It's the latest sign of Silicon Valley's zeal for startups that exploit Twitter: CoTweet, a company that offers software to help business send and receive messages from multiple Twitter accounts, is announcing a $1.1 million round of financing Thursday and opening to the public.
Bloomberg: $9.99 Kindle Books Have Publishers Nervous About Price Squeeze  — Inc.'s Kindle, which accelerated the adoption of electronic books, may shrink publishers' profit margins if the online retailer gets tougher about prices it pays for digital titles.
Discussion: Contentinople and TeleRead
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filings detail ID app, other potential iPhone enhancements  —  A half dozen new patent filings published this week from Apple detail various advancements that could find their way into future iPhones, such as a new “ID App” for identifying objects in a user's surroundings …
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and TG Daily
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Diller and Malone Pessimistic on Twitter  —  Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley, Idaho, media fest got off to a gloomy start Wednesday, with downbeat panel discussions on the economy (getting worse) and the digital future (looking murky).  —  Bloomberg News
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3GS limited to 384 Kbps upstream  —  When the iPhone 3GS arrived last month, I explained the ins and outs of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), the rubric that covers AT&T's two highest-speed cellular data standards: HSDPA for downstream and HSUPA for upstream.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and LOOPRumors
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's Marissa Mayer on the importance of real-time search  —  Google's Marissa Mayer believes real-time searching could change the way we navigate the internet  —  Don't let Marissa Mayer worry you, but she would like your camera, phone and surroundings to tell Google a bit …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Equity Kicker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Streaming Coming To Sony TVs, Not Yet The PS3  —  Another new movie-streaming partnership for Netflix: Sony (SNE) will offer Netflix (NFLX) streaming on Internet-capable Bravia hi-def TVs, and older TVs compatible with its $200 “Internet video link” module.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia 3720 Classic: 125 EUR, coming out this summer, nearly impossible to break  —  Less than 6 hours ago, I predicted the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) 3720 Classic would be announced within 2 months.  Well it happened.  —  For 125 Euros (110 British Pounds or 180 American Dollars) …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 Family Pack, Anytime Upgrade prices leak  —  History has a way of repeating itself.  Back in August 2006, Amazon Canada inadvertently published the price list for Windows Vista before it had been officially announced.  In a distribution channel the size of Microsoft's, leaks are bound to happen.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans  —  In a move to increase the power of Facebook Pages, Facebook has just released a new widget that allows brands and businesses to share status updates from their Facebook Page - and get new Facebook fans - on any website.
Discussion: Webbyist
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-based Productivity Suite Zoho Now Integrated With Microsoft Access  —  Zoho Suite, a web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has rolled out another plug-in that allows integration with a Microsoft product.  A few weeks ago Zoho launched …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Murdoch papers paid £1m to gag phone-hacking victims  —  • News of the World bugging led to £700,000 payout to PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor  —  • Sun editor Rebekah Wade and Conservative communications chief Andy Coulson - both ex-NoW editors - involved
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