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11:00 AM ET, July 8, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google Chrome OS  —  It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser.  Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.  We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft.  And It's Made of Chrome.  —  Wow.  So you know all those whispers about a Google desktop operating system that never seem to go away?  You thought they might with the launch of Android, Google's mobile OS.  But they persisted.  And for good reason, because it's real.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Eleven Questions About Google's Chrome OS  —  Here's one of those breaking stories that's stunning at first-until you think about it, whereupon it feels like it was always inevitable.  Google announced tonight that it's working on an operating system for PCs, turning a hypothetical scenario that's been around for years into reality.
New York Times:
Google Plans a PC Operating System  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome Web browser.  —  The operating system, called Chrome OS, is initially intended for use in the tiny …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
After Chrome OS, how long can the Google-Apple friendship last?  —  Most of the discussion around Google's just-announced operating system, Chrome OS, has focused on the threat Google poses to Microsoft.  But while Google vs. Microsoft is the big story (given the dominance of Microsoft Windows) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome: Redefining The Operating System  —  It's hard to type a blog post when one hand is being used to pat myself on the back.  —  Last year I wrote a post about the just launched Chrome browser titled Meet Chrome, Google's Windows Killer.  From that article:
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Operating System
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Will Google's Chrome OS look rusty by late 2010?
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to respond to Google OS next Monday?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Dilettante Google Needs To Get Serious About Chrome OS Or It Will Flop
John Oates / The Register:
Google polishes Chrome into netbook OS
Discussion: Financial Times
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Michael Jackson's Last Performance on the Web: Big, but Not Obama Big  —  Depending on your perspective, this is either interesting news or heartening news: Michael Jackson's funeral and memorial was indeed a giant Internet event.  But it doesn't seem to have been as big as Michael Jackson's death …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
King of Pop Proves to be King of Traffic: MJ's Online Memorial Pushes Internet's Limits  —  Michael Jackson's memorial held today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles turned out to be one of the biggest online events ever, according to various reports.  Akamai says that it was the second-largest …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Sony CEO dismisses price cut chatter on PlayStation  —  Sony Corp Chief Executive Howard Stringer brushed off concerns that the PlayStation 3 video game console is too expensive, and said the company is unlikely to sell parts of its business amid the recession.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Online attack hits US government Web sites  —  IDG News Service - A botnet comprised of about 50,000 infected computers has been waging a war against U.S. government Web sites and causing headaches for businesses in the U.S. and South Korea.  —  The attack started Saturday …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Washington Post, White House, FAA, DoD, Others, Targeted in Online Attack
Discussion: Security Watch, Softpedia News and BBC
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Hulu Succeeded As Other Video Sites Failed  —  Many people watch free, advertising-supported episodes of shows on sites like Hulu.  —  Why were so many people in the technology world wrong about Hulu?  It was an idea that seemed like a relic of the worst excesses of the dot-com era …
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
Aaron Sorkin's Facebook Script Might Actually Be Amazing  —  Ah yes, Aaron Sorkin's movie about Facebook.  “Imagine going from nothing to a billionaire in less than a year.  How do you even grasp that kind of success?  How do you live a normal life?  How do you address the constant lawsuits that eat into your everyday existence?
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Carson Reeves / ScriptShadow:
The Social Network (Facebook Movie)
Discussion: ScreenCrave.com, Gawker and Forbes
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Curbs YouTube Copyrights Suit  —  A federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright class-action against Google Inc.'s YouTube dismissed some of the plaintiffs' claims for certain types of damages from the video-sharing site.  —  U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that one group of plaintiffs …
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GSMArena.com:
12 MP LG GC990 Louvre unveiled, exclusive photos inside  —  Today the new cameraphone flagship LG GC990 Louvre made its first public appearance.  Sporting a 12 MP autofocus camera and HD video recording it was showcased at a Korea Products Exhibition held in Warsaw.
Bloomberg:
Apple Disclosures on Jobs's Health Said to Remain Subject of SEC Review  —  Apple Inc.'s disclosures about Steve Jobs's health remain under scrutiny by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators over how his condition went from “relatively simple” to “more complex” in nine days, said a person familiar with the matter.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
So Much For That Idea.  Facebook Has Killed Off Its Great Apps Initiative  —  Last summer Facebook announced two new programs designed to help surface some of the best applications on Facebook Platform.  The first, called Verified Apps, was to help users find applications they could trust …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBuddy Finally Gives Birth To iPhone App (And It Has Push Notification)  —  eBuddy, the Dutch startup behind the eponymous mobile communication tool I dubbed the swiss army knife for instant messaging when it debuted an application for the Android platform last May, is announcing one hell of an iPhone application today.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pandora (And Other Internet Radio) Has Officially Been Saved  —  After two years of uncertainty, Pandora's future has finally been secured.  —  For those not familiar with what was going on, basically the streaming rates for Internet radio were in danger of being raised to levels …
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Christian Engström / Financial Times:
Copyright laws threaten our online freedom  —  If you search for Elvis Presley in Wikipedia, you will find a lot of text and a few pictures that have been cleared for distribution.  But you will find no music and no film clips, due to copyright restrictions.  What we think of as our common cultural heritage is not “ours” at all.
Discussion: p2pnet
Brad Stone / Bits:
Spammers Shorten Their URLs  —  Shortened URLs are great for character-conscious Tweeters, marketers who want to track Web site visitors, and even perhaps an opportunity for venture capitalists who are investing in companies such as Bit.ly.  —  But they are also providing a boon to spammers.
 
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch 3G now available for pre-order
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Kim Thai / Fortune:
Is Digg the Jan Brady of Web 2.0?
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Why is Google's AdSense doing the bidding of Scientology?
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Quantcast Raising New Cash at $300 Million Valuation
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Greylock Take Stake In OpenDNS
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
Sun Valley set to consider paid content
Discussion: Digits
Julie Zhou / Google LatLong:
Help customers find their way with new Google Maps gadget