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7:30 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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop  —  We've had plenty of pre-knowledge on this, but surprisingly this is our first actual glimpse of Google's new unbranded “Cr-48,” the very first Chrome OS laptop.  Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta.
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
It's Alive: The Google Chrome OS Notebook Launch Event
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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Sky News:
WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:   4chan rushes to WikiLeaks' defense, forces Swiss banking site offline
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 …
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Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Initial thoughts on Microsoft's IE9 Tracking Protection Announcement
Discussion: PC World
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.
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 …
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Google Executive Says Local Advertising Is Top Focus  —  Google's failed attempt to purchase fast-growing Web coupon provider Groupon has not deterred the Internet search giant from the local advertising market.  In fact, Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who oversees its advertising business …
Discussion: Bits
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Flurry, the Apps Analytics Start-Up That Enraged Steve Jobs, Raises $15 Million  —  Some start-ups might curl up and die when Steve Jobs singles them out for criticism.  But Flurry seems to be doing okay: The app analytics company, which enraged Jobs by peering into Apple's iPad launch plans …
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
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix CFO Leaves Because He Can't Become CEO  —  Long-time Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy is leaving the company, Netflix just announced, because he “has expressed a desire to pursue broader executive opportunities outside the company.”  —  Translation: He wants to become a CEO, which isn't going to happen at Netflix.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Tech Trader Daily
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft Doesn't Expect Windows Phone 7 Sales To Catch Up To iOS or Android Any Time Soon  —  If your product is selling well, you brag about it.  If it isn't, you don't.  It's a basic strategy, driven by the idea that talk of heavy sales in turn generates even heavier sales.
Discussion: Mobilized, VentureBeat, SAI and IntoMobile
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In another stunner, OnLive enables game spectating and Windows 7 apps on your iPad  —  OnLive is announcing today that a limited version of its online game service is now available for the iPad and a beta version for Android devices will soon be available.  Not only will you be able to watch live video games in action on the iPad.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Project “Groupon Everywhere” Proceeds With Hyper-Local Deals (Via JiWire)  —  Groupon barely paused to reject Google's $6 billion offer before continuing on its way towards becoming an online local advertising juggernaut.  It introduced self-serve Groupon Stores last week …
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 …
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: Ars Technica, Brad W. Allen and Gearlog
 
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Liana Baker / Reuters:
Comcast says no plan for usage-based pricing
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook to recruit 100 new staff for Dublin base
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Playstation Phone controls spotted lurking in the Android Gingerbread SDK
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Google Maps for Android Now Faster, Smoother, in 3D and Works Offline
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Foxconn to ship iPad 2 by the end of February 2011
 

 
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