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3:20 PM ET, December 11, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome (BETA)  —  Since we first released Google Chrome, the development team has been hard at work improving the stability and overall performance of the browser.  In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google releases Chrome 1.0  —  Update: Google has announced that Chrome is no longer a beta.  Chrome 1.0 is now available for download for Windows; Google says it is working on support for Mac OS X and Linux.  —  When Google first began to expand beyond search, the company pioneered …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple working on 3D Mac OS X user interface (images)  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal the Mac maker has spent a considerable amount of time outlining a new multi-dimensional interface for Mac OS X that would make better use of screen real estate by increasing …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces  —  Dozens of Apple patent applications were published today revealing research that Apple had done in 2007 on many topics encompassing future versions of Mac OS X. The most intriguing is a series of patent applications which describe a “Multidimensional” user interface.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail  —  Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages.  And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's legal: … In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed …
JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Apple left out?  AT&T brings back iPhone online and at-home activation  —  Yes!  AT&T is now offering the iPhone online with home activation.  I found this by looking for info on another phone, but found this advert when landing on their site.  At first, I figured I was reading it wrong …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offers iPhone 3G home activation, for real this time  —  All you potential iPhone 3G buyers who loathe the thought of having to go into an AT&T store to activate your newly purchased phone can rejoice today as AT&T has finally enabled home activation for the iPhone 3G.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Did Accel Just Raise Money For A Facebook Bailout?  —  VC firm Accel Partners just closed two funds worth more than $1 billion.  —  $525 million will go toward a London-based fund for European startups.  —  The rest — about $480 million — will create the Accel Growth Fund, the firm's first for late-stage companies.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
What Recession? Accel Partners Raises $1 Billion
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money  —  Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.  —  One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Said Web 2.0 Was R.I.P.?  Microblog Tumblr Raises $4.5 Million, Expectations  —  Tumblr is exactly the kind of start-up that's supposed to be gasping for air in today's dismal economy: A trendy but niche Web service with a prominent founder and exactly zero revenue.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Layoffs At Last.FM Confirmed.  Where Else Are Heads Rolling At CBS?  —  Today, CBS Interactive is laying off people across several of its properties, I've confirmed with the company.  CBS is not saying which divisions or how many people are affected.  It is positioning the layoffs as part …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive Confirms CBSNews.com/CNET Newsroom Combo; No Word On Layoffs
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
New WordPress 2.7 Paves the Way for WordPress Social Networks  —  The popular open source blogging software WordPress has officially released version 2.7, a significant upgrade that makes huge improvements to the user interface, and, more importantly, according to founder Matt Mullenweg …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”  —  The first thing you'll notice about 2.7 is its new interface.
HP:
HP Expands Easy-to-use Virtual Protection Tool, Desktop Linux Offering for Small Business Customers  —  HP today announced the expansion of its virtualized browsing solution across select business desktop products and its plans to introduce Linux as an operating system choice for business desktop customers.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
With HP in, all OEMs now ship desktop Linux
Discussion: The Open Road and TechSpot
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Hollywood: Where Up Is Down, and ‘Anywhere’ Is Actually A Small Number Of Places  —  from the truthful-advertising-and-other-non- sequiturs dept  —  The latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, released on DVD this week, and I saw a TV ad for it the other night, touting the “digital copy” …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Gizmodo
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft hires an open-source identity expert  —  Microsoft, long the bastion of proprietary thought, is increasingly adding open-source DNA to the fold.  And it's adding to its roster of open-source veterans: Dick Hardt, founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and ActiveState …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and The Register
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube is not so wild anymore  —  Tanya Derveaux's cleavage may not be suitable for minors.  (image via iPower)  —  On some bright, parched morning back in the Old West, folks must have heard grumbling as a boy nailed a list of new town laws to the wall of the saloon.
Discussion: Know It All
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook SSD usage to fall under 10% in 2009  —  Has the solid-state drive had its day - at least as a key component of Small, Cheap Computers?  That's what one Asian market watcher reckons.  —  This week, DRAMeXchange forecast that the percentage of notebooks shipping with SSDs …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
White House Opposes FCC Free Wireless Internet Plan  —  WASHINGTON - Bush administration officials are trying to put the brakes on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to encourage a free, national wireless Internet plan, which the agency could approve next week.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mac firmware upgrades do NOT fix the 4 GB RAM problem  —  The appearance of the Apple firmware upgrades released yesterday for late 2008 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs was welcome news to me and other owners and many applied the upgrades immediately.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview  —  The video above shows twenty two minutes of my and Loic Le Meur's half hour interview with Google's Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer at the Le Web conference in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.
Financial Times:
Lenovo in talks over possible acquisition  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Robin Kwong in Taipei  —  China's Lenovo, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, on Thursday said it was in talks over a possible acquisition after its shares jumped on speculation of a deal.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
“Report a Concern” at Google Maps  —  Since a recent Google Maps Street View update, Google shows the wording “Report a concern” at the footer of their panorama photos (in older versions, a text for this elsewhere was reading “Report inappropriate image” - the title to the report page still uses that wording).
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Acquires Chalk Media  —  RIM has just gobbled up a solution developer by the name of Chalk Media, who allow enterprises to push content (video, text, images and otherwise) to their workforce's BlackBerrys, as well as receive feedback and statistics on its usage.
 
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Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
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Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
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Network World:
Tech industry's biggest M&A deals of 2008
Discussion: FierceWireless
Karen Brooks / Dallas Morning News:
Developer for George W. Bush library Web site paid $35K to buy back domain name
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps Hits Baltimore, Atlanta, Fort Wayne …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony finally opens Home, and we've got video
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Cade Metz / The Register:
The Mother of All Demos - 150 years ahead of its time
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Prepared For the Winter of Our Economic Discontent
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How Twitter's competitors do what it doesn't
Discussion: Twitterrati