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4:20 AM ET, December 12, 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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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.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive/CNET Re-Org: The Complete Memo  —  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.
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Don Clark / Business Technology:
Not Tonight Dear, I'd Rather Blog  —  Men have always faced challenges when it comes to romance.  Here's a sign that technology may have raised another hurdle.  —  An online survey commissioned by Intel has found, among other things, that 46% of women would rather go without sex for two weeks than give up the Internet for that long.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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 and Susan Mernit's Blog
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 …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
NFL Launches “Game Rewind”, Every Game On-Demand In HD With No Commercials  —  Today, the NFL launched a new video on-demand service called Game Rewind that lets you watch every NFL game in HD quality, with no commercials.  The service, which costs $19.99 for the season or $4.99 for a week pass …
Discussion: Engadget HD
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TECH.BLORGE.com
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computing Without a Whirring Drive  —  SHERMAN BLACK, a senior vice president at Seagate Technology, a leader in hard drive manufacturing, lies awake at night worrying that his teenagers are part of a new generation of computer users who don't care if their data is stored locally or in the Internet “cloud.”
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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: Scobleizer, TechFlash and Computerworld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Lady Blog Network BlogHer Gives Bloggers a Pay Cut  —  BlogHer, a women's ad network/publishing network and conference organizer, is cutting the amount it pays to its blog partners by 10 percent.  That's really sort of a double cut, since the blog owners/writers in its network get paid based …
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
Jobless techies turning to crime  —  Impoverished techies and IT workers who have been made redundant will go rogue in 2009, selling corporate data and using crimeware, reports predict.  —  The credit crunch will drive IT workers to increasingly use their skills to steal credit card data …
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 …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
UK police: ‘We need crime breathalysers for PCs’  —  Cyber cops chase next gen digital forensics  —  UK police are hoping to one day develop a breathalyser-style tool for computers that could instantly flag up illegal activity on any PC it's attached to.  —  Detective superintendent Charlie …
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
PR Newswire:
RadioShack Introduces 3G Netbook Utilizing AT&T's Mobile Broadband Service to Help People Stay Connected  —  Innovative portable notebook technology for $99.99 when combined with qualifying AT&T mobile broadband service  —  FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec 11, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX …
Discussion: Liliputing
Marc Ferranti / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: IT Forecasts Slashed  —  With CIOs reporting budget revisions, market analysts slashing expectations for tech sector growth, and companies as diverse as Yahoo, Hynix, Texas Instruments and Sony cutting sales forecasts and jobs this week, there is no bottom clearly in sight for IT.
Electronista:
Ericsson to offer Intel anti-theft tech in notebooks  —  Sweden's telecommunications giant Ericsson announced on Thursday it is working with Intel to equip mobile broadband module-equipped notebooks with secure anti-theft solutions.  The solution is meant to make stealing notebooks less attractive …
Discussion: SlashGear and eWeek
USA Today:
The iTunes App Store is iPhone's killer app; free stuff  —  The killer app for the iPhone is — drum roll, please — the iTunes App Store.  Five months after Apple launched its online emporium, I believe it even more, having downloaded a gaggle of programs, including some that transform …
Discussion: Technology Live
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
MarketWatch:
The Salvation Army Brings Holiday Music to the iPhone With Melodeo, Inc.  —  Leading Non-Profit Teams With Seattle Media Company Melodeo to Spread Cheer and Raise Money  —  The Salvation Army, one of the largest charitable organizations in the United States, today announced the availability …
Discussion: TechFlash
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter: all your external HDDs, now network accessible  —  Storage junkies, your dreams have just been made into reality.  Addonics has just introduced a marvelous new piece of kit, the simple-yet-useful Network Attached Storage Adapter.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
PC Magazine:
Palm Expected to Launch Next-Gen OS at CES  — According to one analyst, Palm finally seems prepared to launch its next-generation operating system in January, at the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  On Wednesday, Palm sent out an invitation to journalists.
Discussion: SlashPhone and mocoNews.net
Loren Donelson / Inside AdSense:
Extending AdSense for domains to all publishers  —  Many publishers have approached us looking for a way to monetize their domains, and today, we're excited to announce the expansion of AdSense for domains.  This product allows publishers to earn revenue through ads placed on undeveloped domains.
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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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Which operating system is best for solid-state drives?
Meraiah Foley / New York Times:
Proposed Web Filter Criticized in Australia
Josh Babetski / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Local Gets More Social with Twitter; Adds Jobs
Brad / Liliputing:
How to change Firefox's full screen hotkey
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
JetBrains Delivers Meta Programming System Beta
Discussion: InfoWorld
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Windows Mobile: What Microsoft Needs to Fix
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
App Store Lessons: Creative uses of promotional codes
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
 Earlier Items: 
Lalitesh Katragadda / Google LatLong:
Map making in new worlds
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Maps Mania
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Windows Live Sync Is Now Available For Windows And Mac [updated]
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Virus Spreads: No Social Network is Safe
Discussion: digg.com
Financial Times:
Lenovo in talks over possible acquisition
Discussion: PC World and The Register
JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Apple left out?  AT&T brings back iPhone online and at-home activation