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10:15 PM 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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Ian Fette / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Chrome OS - FAQ  —  We've been getting a number of questions in reference to our ‘Introducing the Google Chrome OS’ blog post, and so here are a number of your most frequently asked Qs - along with our As.  We'll be sure to add more to this list as popular questions come in.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Let's all take a deep breath and get some perspective  —  So everyone is worked up about this new browser operating system from Google.  Drudge apparently has gone off his meds again and calls it a “death blow” to the Borg.  No spinning red light, but still, pretty over the top.
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.
Discussion: PC World, Computerworld and GigaOM
David Coursey / LinuxWorld.com:
Five Reasons Google Chrome OS Will Fail  —  As smart and popular as Google may be, the success of Chrome OS is not a fait accompli.  Sometimes the smartest and most popular kid at school simply falls on his face.  Google Chrome OS could very well turn out to be that kid.
Discussion: PC World
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Mr. Schmidt, step down from that board  —  Dear Eric Schmidt:  —  It's time for you to go.  —  Not from Google; even your biggest detractor would give you credit for the technological marvel and prosperous business you have helped create in Mountain View.
Renai LeMay / ZDNET.com.au:
No thanks Google, we've got Ubuntu
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.
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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.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:atul
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.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 Family Pack, Anytime Upgrade prices leak  —  History has a way of repeating itself.  Back in August 2006, Amazon Canada inadvertently published the price list for Windows Vista before it had been officially announced.  In a distribution channel the size of Microsoft's, leaks are bound to happen.
Bloomberg:
Sarah Palin's Twitter Impersonators Show Challenge of Controlling Tweets  —  Sarah Palin's clash with people impersonating her on Twitter has spotlighted the challenge celebrities face in managing what's Tweeted about them.  —  Palin, after resigning as governor of Alaska last week …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
No sign of N. Korean backing in bot attacks on U.S. sites, says researcher  —  Evidence points to hackers who crave attention, says noted botnet expert  —  Computerworld - There's nothing in the code of the malware used since Saturday to attack a wide array of U.S. and South Korean government …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lazy Hacker and Little Worm Set Off Cyberwar Frenzy
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.
Mark Kinsey / Facebook Blog:
Get Updates on Your Favorite Celebs and Organizations Across the Web  —  Facebook Pages make it easy to stay up-to-date with your favorite public figures and organizations.  For example, after connecting with Lance Armstrong, I'll receive updates directly from him on my Facebook homepage …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Embedding a YouTube Video May Cost You a Bundle in ASCAP Bills  —  Fresh off a court victory against Google's YouTube, ASCAP tells us it is setting its sights on users of the video-sharing site.  Welcome to the exciting world of copyright licensing, blogger; you may already owe gobs of money!
Dan / The Busted Loop Blog:
How Much Does It Cost To Buy Every iPhone App?  —  How much would it cost to buy all 55,732 apps in the app store as of yesterday (7/6/2009)?  —  $144,326.06  —  .. or $2.59 per app ($3.34 if you don't include the free apps (12,538 of them) in the average) and which publishers stand to make the most from you?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Safari 4.0.2  —  Apple today released Safari 4.0.2, now available on Apple's Safari download page or through Software Update.  According to the support document associated with the release, the update addresses two security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by maliciously crafted websites.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Jolicloud Raises $4.2M From Atomico, Mangrove; Zennström Takes Board Seat  —  On the very same day that a certain search and Internet advertising giant based in Mountain View, California has made public its plans to soon bring to market an open-source operating system that it hopes …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Reuters:
News Corp won't buy Twitter, won't sell MySpace  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) - News Corp is not interested in buying popular microblogging site Twitter and will not sell its struggling social network MySpace, said the media conglomerate's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch.
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Google's AdSense for iPhone Trips up Advertisers  —  Marketers Must Remember to Consider the Small Screen's Nuances  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the two weeks since Google announced it would open up AdSense for mobile, serving up text and display ads inside apps, there are signs the online-ad giant …
 
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apps a nail in coffin of broadcast mobile TV
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Has the RIAA sued 18,000 people... or 35,000?
Discussion: TechSpot
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Flaw Opens ATMs to Hackers
John Leyden / The Register:
OpenSSH exploit rumours swarm
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Su.pr Stumbles Out Of Beta, Officially Enters URL Shortening Wars
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
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