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11:45 AM ET, December 8, 2010

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DigiTimes:
Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks to Google  —  Alongside Google's announcement of its new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system as well as Chrome OS on December 7, Inventec confirmed that it has already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google, which are expected to be used for testing.
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Network Computer Arrives...Finally!  —  Thank you Eric Schmidt for taking me down memory lane, to the heyday of another bubble, in another century.  Today, at the launch of Chrome OS — a new Google operating system for web-centric computing — Schmidt talked about 1997 when he …
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.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Google: Chrome OS laptops won't dual boot with Windows, live customer support for Cr-48 owners  —  We know there's a lot to digest after Google's Chrome OS event today, but following the shindig we caught a few minutes with Google VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
PayPal VP On Blocking WikiLeaks: State Department Said It Was Illegal  —  Of course Milo Yannopoulos' first question on stage to PayPal's VP of Platform Osama Bedier was why PayPal blocked WikiLeaks payments and froze its account. … The answer was met with boos from the mostly European audience.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
4chan rushes to WikiLeaks' defense, forces Swiss banking site offline  —  The forces of Anonymous have taken aim at several companies who are refusing to do business with WikiLeaks. 4chan's hordes have launched distributed denial-of-service attacks against PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
WikiLeaks continues to fund itself via tech startup Flattr
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tracked Down: Google Just Quietly Launched An Official Latitude iPhone App  —  I guess Google really is in a feisty mood tonight.  After the Chrome Web Store, Chrome OS, some leaked Google +1 information, and a Google Groups re-launch, we've just gotten word that Google has launched an official Latitude app for the iPhone.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs: MobileMe to ‘Get A Lot Better’ Next Year  —  Apple's MobileMe service has been a bit of a mixed bag with consumers, with some seeing value in the service's email, photo/file hosting, and syncing capabilities while others feel that the $99 annual list price for the service is too high.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CONFIDENTIAL!  Looks Like “Google +1″ Was Just Accidentally Revealed (Pic)  —  While we haven't 100 percent confirmed it yet (update: we've confirmed with a source), what you see above is what we do very much believe to be a picture of Google's latest social foray.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million In Cash  —  Salesforce.com has just announced that it is acquiring Heroku, which provides a Ruby application platform-as-a-service, for approximately $212 million in cash.  —  That's one hell of an exit for the startup, which was founded in 2007 and has raised only $13 million in funding.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM's PlayBook has its coming out party for developers: No functional browser yet  —  Research in Motion is talking about its PlayBook tablet a lot and showing off demos, but the companies aren't giving developers much to work with just yet.  The biggest deliverable needed: A functional browser.
Discussion: Engadget and ITProPortal
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
RIM sees PlayBook OS as 10-year future for smartphones, tablets
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Asked to Pay Up as European Operators Inundated by Data  —  Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say.
Discussion: DSLreports
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Google Executive: No Time to Build, So We Buy  —  As news of Google's attempted acquisition of the daily deals site Groupon ricocheted around the Web, one big question loomed large: Wouldn't it be easier for Google to build out a similar service than pay several billion dollars for Groupon?
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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Spencer Ante / Digits:
Google Executive Says Local Advertising Is Top Focus
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?  —  (image) Consider: Your mission is to “organize the world's information and make it universally accessible.”  You thumbed your nose at Wall Street, and you proved them wrong.  You've stood up to the entire media industry by purchasing YouTube …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter VP Of Product Jason Goldman Steps Down (At Le Web)  —  Our very own MG Siegler interviewed Jason Goldman, VP of Product at Twitter, at Le Web 10.  —  Our notes:  —  Siegler started off by asking about the new integrations Twitter launched yesterday.
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable! and SelectStart
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo CEO: Don't Judge Me Until 2012  —  Carol Bartz has been CEO of Yahoo for almost two years now.  That's long enough for some people to declare her ineffective and call for her to be replaced.  But to hear Bartz tell it, not only is it premature to demand her resignation now — it will still be premature 12 months from now.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AMO-DEAD, iPad 2 will use LCD  —  According to Digitimes Apple has ordered the BLUs (back light units) for the upcoming iPad 2.  These backlight units will reportedly be used in conjunction with LCD displays built by LG and Chimei Innolux.  Apple ordering backlights means the iPad 2 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search  —  Today at LeWeb '10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google's Marissa Mayer.  Mayer recently took a new job within Google.  Technically, she's now the head of consumer products for the company.
Discussion: Engadget
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Verizon launches IPv6 transition services  —  Organizations struggling to adopt IPv6 could get a hand from a new service offered by Verizon  —  Verizon's professional services arm has introduced a service to convert networks to IPv6, anticipating that large organizations will soon need help with such projects.
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
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon to let people read full Kindle books in web browser
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Bloomberg:
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Rich Feit / The Google Apps Blog:
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