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4:40 PM ET, December 7, 2010

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Linus Upson / Google Chrome Blog:
An update on Chrome, the Web Store and Chrome OS  —  On the Chrome team, we're constantly amazed by the speed of innovation on the web.  We designed Chrome to make the web shine, and we hope our upcoming efforts will help support this vibrant ecosystem even more.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
It's Alive: The Google Chrome OS Laptop Launch Event  —  Google has announced that Chrome OS laptops are now available to consumers through a pilot program for early adopters who prove themselves to be “right” in various ways.  A Chrome Web Store has also launched to allow an easier way to run web apps within the Chrome browser itself.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Shows Off Chrome Web Store, “Always Connected” Chrome Notebook  —  It's easy to sell premium applications on smartphones; Apple's iTunes App Store has proven that.  Is it equally easy to sell them on the Web?  We'll soon find out.  At an event in San Francisco this morning …
Sarah Nahm / Chromium Blog:
A New Crankshaft for V8  —  Today we are introducing Crankshaft, a new compilation infrastructure for V8, Google Chrome's JavaScript engine.  By using aggressive optimizations, Crankshaft dramatically improves the performance of compute-intensive JavaScript applications - often by more than a factor of two!
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google demos Chrome OS, announces partnership with Verizon Wireless  —  Google held a special event on Tuesday to show off progress made over the course of the last year with its Chrome line of products.  Most interestingly, perhaps, are the new Chrome OS features the Internet giant showed off.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chrome Browser, Now Used By 120 Million People, Just Cranked Up Its Speed  —  Google's Chrome browser is now being used by 120 million people on a daily basis, which is up from 70 million the last time the company disclosed internal usage numbers last May.  The new figures were disclosed moments ago …
Discussion: Electronista
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Chrome OS launch coming in mid 2011, but Google starting pilot program  —  Google offered a flood of news about its Chrome OS netbook operating system today, but it turns out that most consumers will have to wait until the middle of 2011 before they can buy a computer with Chrome OS installed.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop
Julian Assange / The Australian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths  —  WIKILEAKS deserves protection, not threats and attacks.  —  IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”
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BBC:
Wikileaks' Visa payments suspended
Discussion: Examiner and VatorNews
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Dive Video-Google's Andy Rubin Shows Off Prototype Motorola Tablet  —  Google's Andy Rubin came to D: Dive Into Mobile packing some serious hardware, and not just the company's newly announced smartphone, the Nexus S. He came with a prototype Motorola Android tablet, running a dual-core Nvidia chip …
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Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
IE9 and Privacy: Introducing Tracking Protection  —  The feedback and conversation on IE9's Platform Previews and Beta to date from many different communities has made the IE9 development process, and product, substantially better than previous releases.  The discussions around hardware-accelerated HTML5 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Work, play on a single phone: LG teams up with VMware to deploy Android handsets with virtualization  —  VMware has been chatting up seamless, sexy virtualization among multiple operating systems on a single smartphone for some time — and it's finally getting the opportunity to deliver en masse thanks to a new partnership with LG.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Nexus S preview  —  We're here at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco, and we've just had a chance to lay our ever-loving hands all over Google's latest wunderkind, the Nexus S. As you've probably already read and seen, the device is set to be the next flagship phone sporting a pure Google experience.
Discussion: Gearlog and Brad W. Allen
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Amazon:
Every Website Can Now Be a Bookstore  —  Kindle for the Web enables customers to read full text of Kindle books in their web browser - no download or installation required  —  Websites are invited to participate in decentralized e-book sales  —  Kindle for the Web is Chrome OS launch partner
Discussion: Mashable!
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Cloud Print, Now Available  —  Google Cloud Print is now available in the latest Chrome Dev Channel build for Windows.  After installing Chrome 9.0.597.10, you'll be able to enable Cloud Print from Options >> Under the hood >> Google Cloud Print.  Log in to your Google account …
DigiTimes:
Foxconn to ship iPad 2 by the end of February 2011  —  Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been notified they will ship Apple's iPad 2 within the next 100 days with initial shipments to reach 400,000-600,000 units, according to sources from Taiwan-based component makers.
Sky News:
WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange  —  Andy Winter, Sky News Online  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden. … The 39-year-old Australian was detained by Scotland Yard officers at around 9.30am after he voluntarily went …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
One Database To Rule The Cloud: Salesforce Debuts Database.com For The Enterprise  —  Oracle has dominated the database market, especially following its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  But today, its “frenemy” Salesforce.com will become more of a competitor with the launch of Database.com …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google Maps for Android Now Faster, Smoother, in 3D and Works Offline  —  Google has just unveiled their new, refreshed Maps 5.0 app for Android, launching soon.  What's new about it?  Well, it renders buildings in 3D, loads faster, works offline and will automatically rotate the map according to the phone's compass.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Amazon to demo Kindle for the Web on Tuesday  —  Demo is one day after Google announces eBooks; Battle shapes up between two Internet giants  —  Computerworld - Amazon plans to demonstrate a new version of Kindle for the Web on Tuesday, one day after Google launched its Google eBooks and eBookstore strategy.
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Now Playing on #newTwitter: Embedded Music, TV Shows, Slides and More  —  One of the most popular features of #newTwitter is the ability to check out photos, videos, and music directly in the details pane.  Click on a Tweet with a link to media, and the details pane on the right lets …
Thanks:miguelrios
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Finance Adds Curated Stock Conversations From StockTwits  —  StockTwits, which curates conversations about stocks, nailed down another impressive business development deal today.  Yahoo is now pulling data from the StockTwits API and adding it to individual stock pages - here's Apple (AAPL) for example.
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook to recruit 100 new staff for Dublin base
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Rackspace launches managed cloud services
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Jonathan Protzenko / Mozilla Labs:
Announcing Thunderbird Conversations
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Chatter Goes Freemium
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: DST plans to raise giant venture capital fund
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James Kendrick / GigaOM:
Google Books for Android — a Review
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes sending out free movie rentals
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