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2:05 AM ET, July 11, 2009

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Android Will Live On, Get ‘Sweeter’ and More Social  —  After Google announced it was working on an operating system based on its Chrome Web browser this week, many wondered: Didn't Google already build an operating system?  And isn't it called Android?  —  Yoichiro Akiyama/Flickr  —  Andy Rubin
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Schneier on Security:
Making an Operating System Virus Free  —  Commenting on Google's claim that Chrome was designed to be virus-free, I said: … What I was referring to, although I couldn't think of his name at the time, was Fred Cohen's 1986 Ph.D. thesis where he proved that it was impossible to create a virus-checking program that was perfect.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Inside Gazelle, Microsoft Research's “browser OS”  —  A research team led by Microsoft's Helen Wang recently published a report about an experimental browser prototype called “Gazelle” that uses processes to isolate page content elements originating from different domains.
Discussion: Slashdot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft's Silverlight 3  —  Microsoft's “Flash-killer,” Silverlight released the third version of its rich media application platform, Silverlight 3, on the web yesterday.  This morning, Microsoft is holding the official launch of Silverlight 3 …
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Silverlight 3 Released  —  Today we officially shipped the final release of Silverlight 3.  —  Silverlight 3 Features  —  Silverlight 3 is a major update and delivers a ton of new features and capabilities.  Some of the new Silverlight 3 runtime capabilities include:  —  HD Media
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic's Browser Client Is Like Gmail For Twitter  —  Seesmic, the Twitter and Facebook desktop client developed by Loic Le Meur, is launching its much talked about browser-based Twitter client today at TechCrunch's Real-Time Stream CrunchUp.  We first heard about the plans for the browser client …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Google Is Stealing Apple's Ideas  —  Short answer: because they're good.  Long answer: because Google has none of its own.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.  That's because, in Apple's case, they already have.
Jason / Appmodo:
Apple iPhone MMS Delayed, Coming Sept, Tethering $55 Extra  —  EXCLUSIVE: We originally brought you the story last month stating MMS and tethering would be coming in July.  AT&T responded directly to our story and stated it would be delayed.  Well those stories are true as MMS and tethering are now coming in September.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Pandora Tunes Into $35 Million  —  Online radio network Pandora has raised $35 million in new VC funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.  —  No word yet on who's leading the round, or which existing shareholders re-upped.  Pandora had previously raised around $29 million …
Lingyun Liu / The Official Google Blog:
Seeing the world with improved Google Search results  —  As an avid traveler, I know how helpful it can be to see a map when searching for a location on Google.  Using our Universal Search technology, we have provided maps in our search results for more than two years.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple tweaks Dock menus in new Snow Leopard beta  —  Apple on Thursday evening delivered to developers a new build of its forthcoming Snow Leopard operating system that addresses a number of outstanding bugs but also delivers a couple of interface tweaks.  —  “This Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X Snow Leopard 10A402 Brings Visual Tweaks and Other Enhancements
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jared Newman / PC World:
iPhone App Store 1 Year Later: Apple's Highs and Lows  —  Apple may enjoy smugly tooting its own horn, but it is particularly puffed-up today while celebrating a year of the iPhone and iPod Touch App Store.  —  “Light a candle and cue the music,” Apple says on a special iTunes page for the occasion.
Discussion: The Register, NEWSFACTOR and Tech Beat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Client Tweetdeck Raises Around $2 Million In Funding  —  Tweetdeck, one of the most popular Twitter clients, has raised $2 million in a previously undisclosed round of funding, according to angel investor John Borthwick.  He revealed the funding at TechCrunch's Real-Time Stream CrunchUp …
Douglas Rushkoff / Fast Company:
How the Tech Boom Terminated California's Economy  —  However comforting it might be to blame Southern California's movie industry for unleashing Governor Terminator on the state's economy, the real seeds of the current crisis were sewn further north, in the seemingly prosperous corporate parks of Silicon Valley.
Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Google netbook worries privacy advocates  —  One other big hurdle Google must surmount in order to become a major player in selling netbook operating systems: privacy advocates.  —  Pushback has started from non-profits Consumerwatchdog.org and The Center for Digital Democracy.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Friendly Social Network Dashboard PeopleBrowsr Launches Real-Time Search  —  PeopleBrowsr, a desktop and web browser-based dashboard for social networks, is adding a real-time search functionality that would let users make filtered searches into conversations on Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
EBay's Traffic Drops Amid Identity Crisis  —  It has been a year and a half since Meg Whitman said she would hand the chief executive's office at eBay to John Donahoe, and at least by some measures, the company continues to lose traction with both buyers and sellers.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Augmented reality subway app comes to NY, SF  —  British iPhone application developer Acrossair is bringing its augmented reality app Nearest Tube to New York today and San Francisco on Monday.  Now called Nearest Subway, it superimposes directions to the nearest subway stops over the iPhone 3GS' live video feed.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Interview: Greg Grunberg and August Trometer, founders of Yowza, action heroes  —  Greg Grunberg and his partners August Trometer and Rick Yaeger have a successful iPhone App called Yowza - it's basically a location-aware coupon app that gives you great deals at major merchants …
PC World:
Chrome OS Could Offend the Open Source Community  —  The announcement a few days ago of Google's new Chrome OS was simultaneously shocking and expected.  It's a typically understated and quietly ambitious move on behalf of Google.  It's also proof — if it were needed — that Google people are supremely smart.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook?  Up 10%.  Twitter?  Up 16%.  FriendFeed?  Flat  —  I'm largely seen as FriendFeed's #1 cheerleader and customer #1.  —  But it isn't catching on.  —  Rackspace's President, Lew Moorman, and I have been having an interesting debate.  He even wrote up his thesis …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay Denies Partnership With G.M.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As General Motors emerged from bankruptcy protection on Friday, it appeared to get its signals crossed with the e-commerce giant eBay.  —  In a statement heralding its new corporate structure and revitalized outlook …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brizzly: A Twitter Reader From The People Who Brought You Google Reader  —  Twitter's front-end look and feel on the web has been slowly improving over the past several months.  But it's still far from ideal, missing quite a few key elements that users turn to other apps for.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Business licensees to get final Windows 7 release in July  —  Microsoft officials have said the company expects to release Windows 7 to manufacturing before the end of this month.  But they have been less forthcoming about when users will be able to get their hands on the product …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Verizon Wireless Looking To Woo RIM and Windows Application Developers  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) is restructuring the way it works with some application developers, which will be important as handset makers launch their own storefronts and form direct relationships with developers.
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Hacked to Run on Verizon  —  Cleanser in our Pre forums has successfully hacked a Pre to operate on Verizon's network.  Voice and text are a go, but data isn't up and working yet: … Apparently the difficult part is getting Verizon to take the MEID of the device (its unique identifier) …
 
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