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2:45 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
A new kind of computer: Chromebook  —  A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better.  Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  These are not typical notebooks.  With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's Chromebooks Debut June 15  —  Evidently Google's Chrome laptop pilot program served its purpose, helping the company to ready the devices for wider distribution.  —  At the company's annual I/O conference this morning, Google announced the Chromebook, a true consumer version …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Chromebooks Out June 15, $349 For Consumers, $20-$28 Monthly For Educators/Business  —  At long last, the Google Chrome OS operating system is going prime time against Windows and Mac computers.  On June 15, consumers can by them for a flat rate.  Those in education and business have intriguing monthly payment options.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google Launches Chromebooks with Samsung and Acer  —  Samsung and Acer are launching two new notebooks running Google's Chrome OS this summer in the U.S. and six European countries.  Acer's Chromebook will start at $349, and Samsung's model will be priced $429 for its WiFi model and $499 for a model with 3G connectivity.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google makes Chrome Web Store available worldwide, adds in-app purchases and flat five percent fee  —  Google has just announced that it's making the Chrome Web Store available to the “entire userbase of Chrome,” and in 41 different languages no less, although those outside the current markets …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Announces 160 Million Chrome Users, Massive Improvements Coming  —  Chrome's user base “more than doubled” in the past year with browser uptake increasing from 70 million to 160 million thanks to Linux, Windows, and OS X versions of the browser finally reaching parity.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and The Next Web
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Angry Birds comes to the web, courtesy of WebGL and Chrome [Now Live!]  —  Wednesday at Google I/O, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka revealed that Angry Birds is coming to the web.  This is an event that he says would not have been possible a year ago but now, with the improvement in graphics technologies …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars  —  Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.  —  And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google Music Beta walkthrough: what it is and how it works (video)
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android@Home is the best worst thing that could happen to home automation  —  As the resident Engadget home automation nerd, Google's Android@Home announcement rocked my little low-powered RF world yesterday.  Seeing a brand like Google get behind home automation is the stuff I've been dreaming …
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
iFlowReader Latest App To Shut Up Shop, Blames Apple's IAP, Agency Models  —  Remember all those complaints about Apple's new in-app purchasing policy when it first launched?  Those have somewhat died down, but they haven't stopped altogether: The developers of the iPhone …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: BranchOut Raises $18M For Facebook-Focused Professional Network  —  Exclusive: BranchOut, a professional social network for Facebook, has raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures with Accel Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and Floodgate also participating the the round.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Hands-On With Android 3.1 On The Motorola Xoom  —  Google announced Android 3.1 earlier today at I/O. More surprising than the OS itself (which was expected, really) was that it was rolling out to Verizon Xooms today.  Google failed to announce when it was hitting other devices beside Google TV …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Stops Serving iAds In Apps Targeted To Kids  —  Since its introduction last year, Apple's iAd advertising network has been off to a somehow rough start: touted as the best way for advertisers to build interactive campaigns to deliver effortlessly to iOS users, the service was repeatedly criticized …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too  —  Surprise!  After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn't shrink in scope—it got much broader.  Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Skype's Road To $8 Billion  —  Skype is all-but confirmed to be acquired by Microsoft for over $8 billion, including debt.  —  It's a long road for a company founded back in 2003 that went through fundings, acquisitions, divestures, and a postponed IPO.  It started in the small country …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Visa Advances Toward a Digital Wallet  —  Visa is taking another big step in its continuing efforts to create a universal digital wallet.  —  On Wednesday, the company announced plans to introduce a one-click payment system that will allow Visa customers to sign up for a set of credentials …
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Senators grill AT&T and T-Mobile CEOs over their proposed merger  —  Skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday interrogated the chief executives of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA about their proposed merger, raising concerns that the $39-billion deal would increase prices for wireless consumers by creating a market dominated by two huge players.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
“Wallet of the future” Pageonce raises $15M  —  Pageonce, which helps manage financial accounts and bills through your smartphone, just announced that it has raised $15 million in a new round of funding.  —  It seems like the Palo Alto, Calif. company has become more focused over time.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Yahoo Discloses Jack Ma Takes Control Of Alipay From Alibaba  —  Yahoo disclosed in an SEC filing yesterday that Alibaba Group, in which it holds a 43% stake, has transferred ownership of online payments company Alipay to a new company controlled by Alibaba CEO Jack Ma.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More  —  Add another stealth eCommerce startup attracting pre-launch funding from eager investors to your list.  That is, of course, if you have one.  Last month, we covered Decide, a Seattle-based company looking …
Discussion: GeekWire and Pulse2
Nishant Doshi / Symantec Blog:
Facebook Applications Accidentally Leaking Access to Third Parties  —  Third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users' accounts including profiles, photographs, chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Following Security Problem, Facebook Moves to OAuth 2.0, HTTPS and SSL Certificates
 
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Tumblr Deletes Its Tweets About Service Problems
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Supply chain data shows Apple sales up 113% in April
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, MacNN and SAI
Shaun Tandon / Agence France Presse:
US in new push to break China Internet firewall
Discussion: The Next Web
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily
Discussion: Popular Science, Gizmodo and MSDN Blogs
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Report: Apple to stick with Intel for MacBooks
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
European Court Rejects Bid to Limit News on Celebrities
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Accepts Record 60+ New Startups For Summer 2011
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