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9:10 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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
As Chrome leaves beta, here's an update on the Mac version  —  Google officially announced that its web browser, Google Chrome, has left beta testing status behind today.  That's great news, the browser is amazing.  But there's a problem — it still only runs on Windows.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive/CNET Re-Org: The Complete Memo  —  CBS (CBS) paid $1.8 billion for CNET last summer, and today it is dealing with the consequences: A re-org and layoffs.  CBS execs won't release specifics on the firings and wont't say how many people were let go altogether.
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
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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 …
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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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Santa visits Nintendo early: Wii sales more than doubled in November  —  Nintendo sold more than 2 million Wii game consoles in the U.S. last month, more than double the number it sold in November 2007, according to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of the Japanese company's North American division.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and GoNintendo
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Nintendo Wii officially recession-proof
Discussion: TechFlash
Michael Young / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Our Maps Are Googley Now  —  Redfin just released a new version of the site.  In addition to improving our short sale detection in Orange County and parts of LA and making our neighborhood pages a little more discoverable from the map page, we switched to using Google Maps exclusively instead …
Discussion: Computerworld and TechFlash
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Lalitesh Katragadda / Google LatLong:
Map making in new worlds
Discussion: WebProNews
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Video game sales continue ‘blistering’ pace in November, NPD says  —  Shrugging off the effects of a downbeat economy, the video game industry posted a 10% sales increase in the U.S. last month to $2.91 billion, up from $2.64 billion in November 2007, according to market research firm NPD Group …
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Growth Slows for Video Game Market
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update may be around the corner  —  Apple this week is believed throwing the finishing touches on Mac OS X 10.5.6, the last planned maintenance and security update for Leopard during the 2008 calendar year.  —  Developers on Wednesday were reportedly equipped …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Now Flickr is hit by Yahoo layoffs  —  Thought the Yahoo layoffs were over?  Not quite... today it seems that George Oates, a high-profile member of the Flickr team and one of the site's early employees, was told that she was being given the chop too.  She's recently been in Australia …
Discussion: CNET News
Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
OMG: Russia entrepreneur looks for $$$ from ;-)  —  How much would you pay for a ;-)?  A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.  —  Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone …
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Virus Spreads: No Social Network is Safe  —  “Koobface” is the name of the Trojan worm that's been making its way through the social networking site Facebook lately, but to the site's users, it's been simply known as “the Facebook virus.”  That name will soon become a misnomer …
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.
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook, Google and MySpace Represent the Future of Web Registrations  —  We have the browser wars, the search engine wars and the social network wars — so where will the next digital battle take place?  It's among services that offer third-party logins for publishers, which sounds as unsexy as it gets …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Windows Live Sync Is Now Available For Windows And Mac [updated]  —  Windows Live Sync is now Live at http://sync.live.com.  The team just announced it on their new blog: … The old FolderShare blog and newsgroup will retire, but the team is not leaving you in the cold.
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 …
Josh Babetski / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Local Gets More Social with Twitter; Adds Jobs  —  Twitter  —  When our team set out to build MapQuest Local, we wanted it to be very different than the “local experience” found historically online.  One of our early objectives was to make MapQuest Local more social - connect people and ideas in a local area together.
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: Gizmodo and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
Financial Times:
Lenovo in talks over possible acquisition  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Robin Kwong in Taipei  —  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.
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Apologies for organizational issues at LeWeb  —  I will write a longer post as I do every year to recap what went well and what did not go well at LeWeb this year.  Many things went well fortunately and I am still reading the huge feedback from the participants in the room and thousands of people who watched the live online stream.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Digeo Unveils New Moxi HD DVR  —  11 months after blowing up their prior destined-for-retail DVR(s), Digeo's web site and Amazon have spilled the beans on the for-real model that'll be available for sale... shortly?  While they've published all sorts of specs (500GB hard drive …
Discussion: Engadget HD
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 build 6956 performance test  —  My Hardware 2.0 mailbag is brimming with Windows 7 related questions.  The main question on everyone's lips is the obvious one - How does Windows 7 stack up against Vista? … This test will pitch Windows 7 build 6956 32-bit against Windows Vista RTM 32-bit and Windows Vista SP1 32-bit.
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digitas Restructures, Cuts Staff In U.S.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
JetBrains Delivers Meta Programming System Beta
Discussion: InfoWorld
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Windows Mobile: What Microsoft Needs to Fix
Discussion: eWeek
PC World:
HP, Symantec Warn Employees After Laptop Thefts
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
App Store Lessons: Creative uses of promotional codes
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter: all your external HDDs, now network accessible
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Business Wire
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Jim Duffy / Network World:
Cisco is big tease about ‘Big Bang’ switch upgrade
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Palm Expected to Launch Next-Gen OS at CES
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook adds Washington Post CEO to board of directors
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft hires an open-source identity expert
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook SSD usage to fall under 10% in 2009
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and LAPTOP Magazine