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7:00 AM ET, September 3, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
First Test of Google's New Browser  —  Google has introduced a new Web browser, called Chrome, aimed at wresting dominance of the browser market from Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  The move takes the Google-Microsoft rivalry to a whole new level.  If Google succeeds, it will be a big deal …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw  —  Google's shiny new Web browser is vulnerable to a carpet-bombing vulnerability that could expose Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.  —  Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web  —  Brian Rakowski walks to the whiteboard in a small conference room in Building 41 on Google's Mountain View campus.  A lanky, gregarious man in his twenties, Rakowski is the product manager of a top-secret project that's been under way for more than two years.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Speed test: Google Chrome beats Firefox, IE, Safari  —  Google introduced Chrome in part because it wants faster browsing and the richer Web applications that speed will unlock.  So how does Chrome actually stack up?  —  Google's Chrome overpowers the other browsers on the five subtests …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
VIDEO: Sergey Brin on Why Google's Launching a Browser  —  Google's Chrome browser is now officially available here.  I'm afraid I haven't had a chance to try it, though I hope to a little later; meantime, here's an early review from Walt Mossberg of the Journal, who has had a week to test it out.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Preventing paranoia: when does Google Chrome talk to Google.com?  —  For better or worse, my blog is popular with the Google conspiracy-theorist demographic.  I knew that as soon as Google Chrome launched, some readers would ask tough questions about privacy and how/when Google Chrome communicates with google.com.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GetClicky Analytics Service Tracking 2% Google Chrome Usage  —  Web analytics startup GetClicky says that almost 2% of all internet traffic to the 45,000 websites they monitor is coming from Google Chrome today.  That's sure to dip down as a lot of people go back to their normal browsers …
Amanda Walker / Google Mac Blog:
Platforms and Priorities  —  The initial public beta release of Chromium (the open source project for Google Chrome) builds and runs on Microsoft Windows, but we are actively working on versions for Mac OS X and Linux as well.  I'm one of the people focusing on the Mac version.
The Register:   Google's comic capers: what they really meant to say
Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Head to Head: Chrome vs IE 8
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Is there anything original in Google Chrome?
Discussion: Marketing.fm
Rachel Beckman / Washington Post:
Facebook Ads Target You Where It Hurts  —  Maybe it's my age, my sex or the fact that it knew I was engaged, but the site decided I was a gal who needed to drop a few pounds.  And it wasn't shy about its tactics.  —  This was not a close friend taking me aside, telling me in gentle tones …
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Offer ‘Netbook’  —  Dell Inc. will soon introduce a mininotebook computer, people familiar with the matter said, entering into a fast-growing market for inexpensive, no-frills portables that offer Internet capabilities at low prices.  —  One person familiar with the matter …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want On The Digg Home Page?  That'll Be $1,200.  —  InvespBlog has published what it claims is an interview with a top Digg user - someone who has a 34% success ratio in getting submitted stories to the home page of Digg.  The Digg user isn't named - he or she says “I have a reputation to withhold” (we know what they meant).
Discussion: The Invesp Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Stock Is Like a Falling Knife  —  And BoomTown has to wonder who is going to try to catch it without getting sliced and slashed.  —  As we noted earlier about Yahoo's dicey situation, in a back-to-school post about what various Internet companies need to focus on in the months ahead:
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Enhancing Your IFrame-based Applications  —  Based on developer requests for greater flexibility and for better performance, we've added a number of new features for iframe canvas pages that provide them with much of the functionality previously available only to FBML-based applications.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Janet Murray / Guardian:
Why the delay in launching database?  —  The sudden postponement of the government's flagship ContactPoint database last week was immediately shrugged off by ministers and civil servants as being due to technical problems.  Embarrassing, perhaps, for a project costing the taxpayer pounds 224m …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
There.com to add Mac support and Facebook plug-in
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8320 hitting AT&T this month, gets darker
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Controversy Snarls Upgrade Of Terrorist Data Repository
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Prosper.com and peer-to-peer lending in the economic downturn
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
NebuAd Loses CEO, Won't Admit Defeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P traffic drops as streaming video grows in popularity
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Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
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Discussion: The Register
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have a New CEO!
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
FCC To Test Free Wi-Fi For T-Mobile Interference
Discussion: TechSpot
Rebecca / Hulu Blog:
Catch the Fall Premieres on Hulu
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Amazon Takes On Wikipedia With Editable Music Data
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme
Discussion: The Blog known …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broadband price war brews
Discussion: Techdirt, Telecompetitor and GigaOM
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Connect Wordpress Plugin Leaked