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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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Google's Chrome OS: what it means, why it matters  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Last night, we reported that sources inside and outside Google were suggesting that the company would announce a Chrome-centered OS within a matter of days.  It turned out to be a matter of hours.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Financial Times
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to respond to Google OS next Monday?  —  Blogger Robert Scoble has posted a message on his FriendFeed account, hinting at a Microsoft announcement next Monday, related to Google's OS.  —  In the posting, Scoble notes “why did Google announce Chrome OS this week?
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.
Renai LeMay / ZDNET.com.au:
No thanks Google, we've got Ubuntu  —  commentary Google's revelation today that it will create its own operating system will bring just one reaction from operating system enthusiasts worldwide.  —  “Not another Linux distribution,” they'll cry.  —  They'll say this because if there is one problem …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Google ChromeOS: Have people taken leave of their senses?  —  Reading the commentary from the likes of TechCrunch, Mashable, The Guardian and even our own esteemed Sam Diaz on the pre-launch (you've got another YEAR to wait) you'd think the Google ChromeOS was the closest thing to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Will Google's Chrome OS look rusty by late 2010?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Chrome OS, Huh? Will It Be Based on a Google Analytics Kernel?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dilettante Google Needs To Get Serious About Chrome OS Or It Will Flop
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome: Redefining The Operating System
Washington Post:
North Korea Suspected in Cyberattack  —  South Korea's intelligence agency suspects that North Korea may have been behind an Internet attack that on Tuesday and Wednesday targeted government Web sites in South Korea and the United States, lawmakers in Seoul told Yonhap news service.
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Soon you'll be able to buy any top-level domain you want: .yourname, .america, .whatever.  Don't do it.  —  In 1996, Microsoft bought the domain Slate.com from a guy named John Slate.  Back in the early days of the Web, it paid to have a snazzy dot-com name to call your own.
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.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New images of Sony Ericsson Rachael and Kiki surface along with a Rachael UI video  —  Heads up SE fans!  A tipster just dropped us a lead on some new shots (and a video) of the mouth watering Sony Ericsson Rachael and the plant watering Sony Ericsson Kiki — which means were dropping them on you.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre gang up on BlackBerry sales  —  Research in Motion's BlackBerry sales had a rough June at AT&T and Sprint as those wireless carriers talked up the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre, respectively.  —  Those findings come courtesy of Piper Jaffray's Michael Walkley.
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 …
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch 3G now available for pre-order  —  Are you one of the many T-Mobile customers itching to get your hands on a sexy new myTouch 3G?  We don't blame you — as long as a physical QWERTY isn't a prerequisite for you, this little guy is definitely a solid choice for Tmo customers looking to get some Android love.
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: Techdirt and p2pnet
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows boss named president as Microsoft reshuffles execs  —  Steven Sinofsky, the no-nonsense Microsoft executive credited with bringing new discipline to Windows engineering, will be named the company's newest divisional president today, according to multiple sources.
Discussion: All about Microsoft, Thanks:johnhcook
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 were indeed a giant Internet event.  But they don't seem to have been as big as Michael Jackson's death …
Discussion: Technologizer, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Sending GPS Devices the Way of the Tape Deck?  —  The smartphone is already the Swiss Army knife of the digital age — a quick flick of the finger can transform it into a camcorder, Web browser, gaming device or music player.  For many consumers, the Apple iPhone and its competitors …
Discussion: mocoNews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Amazon's Kindle 2 gets a $60 price cut, now at $299  —  Nearly five months to the day after Amazon introduced its Kindle 2 e-reader, the company has decided to hack a full $60 off of the price tag in order to offer it to US consumers for $299.  Sneaking under that magical $300 mark could allow …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better  —  For the last 15 years, Microsoft's master business plan seems to have been, “Wait until somebody else has a hit.  Then copy it.”  —  I know that sounds mean, but come on — the list of commercial hits/Microsoft knockoffs is as long as your arm.
Thanks:atul
Bo Hong Deng / Facebook Blog:
Event Planning Through the Publisher  —  When I want to grab lunch with friends, I usually update my status to see who's around by asking, “Who wants to go out for lunch at 12:30 p.m.?”  Another option is to use the Facebook Events application to share extra details like where and when to meet, directions and maybe even a photo.
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Stephen Elson / BBC Internet Blog:
Glow JavaScript library open source release  —  Earlier this year whilst Steve Bowbrick was blogger in residence for BBC FM&T, he spent some time looking at “openness” at the BBC.  Part of Steve's definition of openness was the “uncomplicated, generous use of licence fee funding to produce content …
Discussion: Ajaxian and h-online.com
 
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W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Broadband To Reach 640 Million Households By 2013
Discussion: DailyTech
David / TmoNews:
Dash 3G Now Available
Discussion: WMExperts and Engadget Mobile
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Venture Capitalists, Start-Ups at Odds Over Who Should Get Funds
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rich Mobile Browser Startup Skyfire Snags Travelocity Exec For Top Spot
Discussion: VentureBeat, NewTeeVee and mocoNews
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Cisco's Not Afraid Of The iPhone
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Will Twitter CEO Be This Year's Star?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
MIT develops camera-like fabric
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple to drop WebObjects in Snow Leopard Server
Discussion: Softpedia News and Macsimum News
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
HideTab lets you cloak embarrassing tabs quickly
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBuddy Finally Gives Birth To iPhone App (And It Has Push Notification)
Brad Stone / Bits:
Spammers Shorten Their URLs
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
So Much For That Idea.  Facebook Has Killed Off Its Great Apps Initiative
Discussion: All Facebook and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
Aaron Sorkin's Facebook Script Might Actually Be Amazing
Discussion: Forbes