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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.
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!
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.
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.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Where Chrome OS Will Fail: Hardware Support  —  Toward the end of today's Chrome OS event, Google admitted that it's still working out how to support hardware peripherals.  This is how Chrome OS is most likely to fail.  —  For printing, vice president of product management Sudar Pichai suggested …
Discussion: Engadget
John Biggs / TechCrunch:   Google Chrome Apps: The Widget Economy Is Back
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
It's Alive: The Google Chrome OS Notebook Launch Event
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.
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: LiveSide.net and PC World
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
On eve of Chrome store launch, Mozilla touts own Web app plans
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and TechnoLlama
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Julian Assange / The Australian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
WikiLeaks continues to fund itself via tech startup Flattr
Discussion: Guardian, CNET News and Tea & Tech, Thanks:mikebutcher
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.
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
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?
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 …
Brian Hendricks / Bing:
Bing's new mall maps: Get in, get out, and the avoid the crowds  —  Have you ever driven to a mall, parked at one of the big department stores, then discovered the store you needed to go to was on the other side of the mall?  What about experiencing the frustration of not knowing where in the mall …
Discussion: The Next Web, Ubergizmo and Engadget
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 …
Rich Feit / The Google Apps Blog:
Preview the new Google Groups  —  Millions of people around the world use Google Groups to power discussions with the groups and communities they care about.  We have been working hard to improve this experience, and today we are happy to announce a sneak preview of the brand new Google Groups.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ChromeDeck: TweetDeck Finally Comes To The Web As A Chrome App  —  You can get TweetDeck, the popular realtime stream reader, as a desktop client, on your iPhone and iPad, or Android phone.  But up until now, there was no Web browser version (unlike Seesmic, which is best known as a browser-based app).
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Waze, a Social Driving App, Raises $25 Million
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AMO-DEAD, iPad 2 will use LCD
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Don't expect Spotify in U.S. this holiday season
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Joshua Schachter Switches From Angel Investor To Entrepreneur
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft Doesn't Expect Windows Phone 7 Sales To Catch Up To iOS …
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Comcast Readies iPad Video Streaming
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Project “Groupon Everywhere” Proceeds With Hyper-Local Deals (Via JiWire)
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook to recruit 100 new staff for Dublin base
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Rackspace launches managed cloud services
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