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5:30 AM ET, July 9, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Partners: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments  —  Google is starting to respond to questions about the just announced Chrome operating system.  In a short FAQ today they talked about cost and initial partners.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google names Chrome OS compatriots, Dell noticeably absent
Discussion: Gizmodo and Download Squad
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's OS: Will PC Makers Bite?
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Diller and Malone Pessimistic on Twitter  —  Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley, Idaho, media fest got off to a gloomy start Wednesday, with downbeat panel discussions on the economy (getting worse) and the digital future (looking murky).  —  Bloomberg News
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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.
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets In Your Face About Upgrading to Firefox 3.5  —  Woah, this is weird.  Twitter has apparently starting promoting Firefox 3.5, which was released last week, to some of its users.  Judging by Twitter Search, the banner began popping up around eight hours ago …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lazy Hacker and Little Worm Set Off Cyberwar Frenzy  —  Talk of cyberwar is in the air after more than two dozen high-level websites in the United States and South Korea were hit by denial-of-service attacks this week.  But cooler heads are pointing to a pilfered five-year-old worm as the source …
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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.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans  —  In a move to increase the power of Facebook Pages, Facebook has just released a new widget that allows brands and businesses to share status updates from their Facebook Page - and get new Facebook fans - on any website.
Discussion: Webbyist
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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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's Marissa Mayer on the importance of real-time search  —  Google's Marissa Mayer believes real-time searching could change the way we navigate the internet  —  Don't let Marissa Mayer worry you, but she would like your camera, phone and surroundings to tell Google a bit …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Pre-order Your .CM Domain Now, Start Making Money Off Domain Typos Soon!  —  I distinctly remember reading this Business 2.0 Magazine piece published back in May 2007 about Kevin Ham, 'the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of'.  If you're interested in the domain name business …
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Best Buy and TiVo Are Forming an Alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that popularized the digital video recorder, and Best Buy, the national electronics chain, are forging a broad partnership.  —  On Thursday, the companies plan to announce that Best Buy …
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.
Discussion: Snarkmarket
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!
Discussion: digg.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google To Announce Major Identity Initiative for 1 Million+ Companies and Schools  —  Google plans to announce in coming weeks that it is turning each of the one million plus Google Apps customer domains into an OpenID provider, enabling millions of people to log in to OpenID-supporting websites …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Su.pr Stumbles Out Of Beta, Officially Enters URL Shortening Wars  —  Su.pr, StumbleUpon's URL shortening service, has come out of closed beta.  StumbleUpon, which was recently freed from eBay's clutches, tossed its hat in the URL shortening ring earlier this year.
Discussion: Download Squad and eWeek
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
IT spending to drop 6 percent in '09, Gartner says  —  Hit by the economic downturn and fluctuating exchange rates, worldwide IT spending is expected to drop 6 percent this year, according to a new Gartner report.  —  Spending will likely settle in at $3.2 trillion for 2009, compared with $3.4 trillion in 2008.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apps a nail in coffin of broadcast mobile TV  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - For years it was the talk of the wireless industry: beaming television to the world's four billion cellphones would be the icon of the digital age.  Now, just three letters are hastening the demise of that vision.  —  App.
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Sending GPS Devices the Way of the Tape Deck?
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