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6:40 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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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.
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Daring Fireball
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
Renai LeMay / ZDNET.com.au:
No thanks Google, we've got Ubuntu
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It's Made of Chrome.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Chrome OS, Huh? Will It Be Based on a Google Analytics Kernel?
Discussion: PC World
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Dilettante Google Needs To Get Serious About Chrome OS Or It Will Flop
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.
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.
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.
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Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Will Twitter CEO Be This Year's Star?
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.
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.
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Washington Post, White House, FAA, DoD, Others, Targeted in Online Attack  —  Washingtonpost.com and Security Fix readers may have noticed that our site was a bit slow and occasionally unreachable today.  Turns out, the site has been under attack by about 60,000 compromised PCs around the globe for several hours now.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
No sign of N. Korean backing in bot attacks on U.S. sites, says researcher
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
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.
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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 …
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.
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
David Hornik on the VC math problem  —  David Hornik — a partner at August Capital Management LLC, which boasts raising the year's biggest venture capital fund with its $650 million balanced-stage fund — weighs in on the challenges facing the VC industry, including what Union Square Ventures …
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 …
Keenan Skelly / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Venture Capital Fund-Raising Plunges In First Half  —  The amount of capital raised by U.S. venture capital firms plunged in the first half of 2009, as cash-strapped investors stopped committing to the private equity asset class.  —  These firms raised $5.1 billion across 52 funds …
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.
 
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Bloomberg:
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John Leyden / The Register:
OpenSSH exploit rumours swarm
Discussion: h-online.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Jolicloud Raises $4.2M From Atomico, Mangrove; Zennström Takes Board Seat
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Mark Ward / BBC:
China clampdown  —  The Chinese government has made good use …
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W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Broadband To Reach 640 Million Households By 2013
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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Bo Hong Deng / Facebook Blog:
Event Planning Through the Publisher
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Venture Capitalists, Start-Ups at Odds Over Who Should Get Funds
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Cisco's Not Afraid Of The iPhone
Stephen Elson / BBC Internet Blog:
Glow JavaScript library open source release
Discussion: Ajaxian and h-online.com
Christian Engström / Financial Times:
Copyright laws threaten our online freedom
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and p2pnet