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2:30 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.
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Grant Gross / PC World:
Google's OS Security Claims Called ‘idiotic’
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and ReadWriteWeb
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google names Chrome OS compatriots, Dell noticeably absent
Chromeosleak / chromeosleak.wordpress.com:
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and I4U News
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Chromeosleak / chromeosleak.wordpress.com:
THE FIRST PICS OF THE CHROME OS BETA FOR DEVS!!!
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.
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.
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Adds Bing Features to Hotmail
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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 …
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 …
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft is planning an Office party on Monday
Discussion: TechSpot, Thanks:volvoshine
Emily Steel / Total Telecom:
Spending on social networks to shrink, eMarketer says  —  Research firm predicts U.S. ad spending on social networks will drop 3% to $1.1 billion this year.  —  Advertising on social networks is expected to drop in 2009 after a period of hot growth, amid spending cuts by marketers and problems at MySpace …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Bloomberg:
Amazon.com $9.99 Kindle Books Have Publishers Nervous About Price Squeeze  —  Amazon.com 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, mocoNews and CoTweet, Thanks:atul
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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sprint Outsources Daily Operations Of Its Network To Ericsson In A Deal Worth $5 Billion  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel confirmed today that it will indeed outsource the daily operations of its two wireless networks—both CDMA and iDEN—to Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC), in a deal worth $4.5 to $5 billion …
PR Newswire:
Evri Names Will Hunsinger Chief Executive Officer  —  Will Hunsinger today was named chief executive officer of Evri (www.evri.com), a technology company focused on helping people discover and engage with Web content.  Current CEO Neil Roseman will be working closely with Hunsinger …
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
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) …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Gates and Schmidt Do Lunch But Don't Comment on Google OS  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Google CEO Eric Schmidt had an awkward encounter this morning at the Sun Valley mogulfest this morning — and after Google detailed plans Tuesday to create software it hopes …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.1 Coming Soon?  Exchange Improvements on Tap for Palm Pre  —  webOS 1.1 for the Palm Pre may be released within a month, including improved Exchange Active Sync policies and Security.  An anonymous tipster has sent in some details on what we can expect with webOS 1.1.
Discussion: WebOS Arena
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
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
VCs more confident about recovery  —  Venture capitalists are the latest group showing more confidence in an economic recovery that will revive business, according to a quarterly survey released Thursday.  —  For the second quarter, the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index showed an uptick …
 
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