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5:45 PM ET, December 9, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop preview (update: video, more photos!)  —  Well, would you look at what showed up on our frigid doorstep this morning?  That's right, we are now the proud owners of Google's first Chrome OS laptop — the Cr-48.  Obviously, we ripped open the box and got right to handling the 12.1-inch, Atom-powered laptop.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
First Day Review: The Google Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook  —  My Google Chrome CR-48 Notebook has just arrived.  For my first day with it, I decided a good torture test would be to unplug my Windows 7 machine and see how the Google laptop worked in its place.  Let's go! … First, let me talk about my current hardware.
Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Flash Player for Chrome Notebooks
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:sjespers
Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Message Continuity, powered by Postini  —  When we acquired Postini in 2007, we incorporated additional cloud-based spam and virus filtering, email archiving and encryption services into our Enterprise products.  We had a vision that the power of the cloud could deliver …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google morphs Gmail into Microsoft backup service
Discussion: SAI
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: “Yeah, We Tried To Acquire Facebook.”  —  While on the “How To Get Acquired” panel here at Le Web, Microsoft Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Fritz Lanman admitted that Microsoft did try to acquire the social network Facebook, acquisition talks first reported …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Explains Why It's Okay to Sell Books About the WikiLeaks Stuff It Won't Host  —  Last week Amazon pulled the plug on WikiLeaks, by refusing to host the group's data on its server.  But Amazon is now profiting from some of that data, via a Kindle e-book title now available through its U.K. outlet.
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The Economist:
More Wikileaks: The 24-hour Athenian democracy … I am talking to members of a group called “Anonymous”, using a web-based collaborative text-editing service.  It is the first such interview for all of us, and their answers begin to collide on the page.  One member comes from Norway …
Paul Westbrook / Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail for Android: better Priority Inbox support and improved compose  —  When we first released Gmail in Android Market back in September, we said that you'd be getting new stuff faster, and we meant it.  After getting thousands of comments on that release, we made a bunch of updates based …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010  —  We've already highlighted the four apps that Apple has chosen as their “award winners” for 2010.  But they've also highlighted the following: Overall Paid iPhone Apps, Overall Free iPhone Apps, Overall Grossing iPhone Apps …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Calls Flipboard “iPad App Of The Year”
Pew Internet:
8% of online Americans use Twitter  —  This is the first-ever survey reading from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users.  In previous surveys, the Project had asked internet users whether they “used Twitter or another service …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple to tap Intel's graphics for future MacBooks  —  Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors in at least some models of the popular laptops, sources have told CNET.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
First iPad 2G case shows rear camera, new curves?  —  Shenzhen MacTop Electronics, a Chinese manufacturer, is now offering what it claims is a case for the second-generation iPad.  Dubbed the “Crystal Case for iPad 2nd Generation,” the case appears to have different, slimmer contours …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Unaffected By Toshiba Outage, Says Gleacher  —  Following reports that Toshiba's (TOSBF.PK) semiconductor fab in Yokkaichi, Japan was halted today by a sudden drop in power, Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Co. this morning writes in a note to clients that Apple (AAPL) …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Split second power outage may lead to drop in Toshiba chip shipments
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Pulse2
Johanna Wright / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched  —  In the search team we talk a lot about that people are always looking for new things with Google.  In fact, about 20% of our queries are new each day.  As it gets to be the end of the year, it's a great time to look at what searches we all have in common.
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Instant for mobile now available globally  —  When we launched Google Instant for mobile in beta back in November, we announced that we would be supporting additional countries and languages, beyond just the U.S. in English.  Today we're happy to let you know that Google Instant …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Gorilla Glass, the Smartphone's Unsung Hero  —  I've always been just a little baffled at the whole concept of app-phone cases.  I mean, people go out of their way to buy these thin, gorgeous iPhones and Android phones, and then wrap them in 3/4 inches of ugly black rubber!
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone Marketplace payouts coming in January, reporting available now  —  It has been very humbling to see the developer excitement and all of the great new apps coming to Marketplace every day.  As I sit here and type this, over 18,000 registered developers have signed …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Snapstick takes on Apple TV, Google TV  —  Snapstick in action in CNET headquarters on an iPhone 4 and TV monitor.  —  A startup called Snapstick is introducing its spin on Internet TV today that it hopes will compete heavily with Apple TV, Google TV, and other set-top boxes.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple and Costco Officially Parting Ways  —  In mid-October, it was reported that warehouse club chain Costco would cease carrying iPods after it lost out in an expansion of iPad availability that saw its rival Sam's Club and other retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart gain distribution rights for the popular tablet device.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Forecast: IPad Will Generate Two Percent of North American Net Traffic by End of 2011  —  How's this for a prediction?  By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic.  —  That's according to Chitika, which has been tracking iPad adoption rates …
Wall Street Journal:
16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes  —  The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy earlier in their lives.  —  Mark Zuckerberg has signed onto the …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Donations Ban on iPhone Apps Irritates Nonprofits  —  The nonprofit world is stewing over the ban Apple has put on making donations on the iPhone via charity apps.  —  No one, including Apple, has data on how many nonprofits have created apps for the iPhone.
 
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