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1:05 PM ET, December 8, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome For Mac Is Here!  —  The wait is over.  Google Chrome for Mac is now available in beta.  It's still missing a few features that are in the Windows version (like support for extensions), but the browser is lickety-split and more-or-less stable.  —  I've been holding off really using Chrome until now.
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Brian Rakowski / The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome for the holidays: Mac, Linux and extensions in beta  —  There was nothing more excruciating for me as a kid than seeing the presents pile up under the Christmas tree but knowing that I couldn't open them until Christmas morning.  On the Google Chrome team …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome Extensions Gallery is open for business!  —  Those of you who have been waiting for the official Google Chrome Extensions gallery to open, wait no more!  The switch has been flipped and Google's repository is now open the the public.  —  Things have been fairly active already …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now's the Time, Finally: Publishers Announce Their “Hulu for Magazines.”
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with the JooJoo  —  CNET snagged the first journalists' demo of the new JooJoo (formerly CrunchPad) Web slate on Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan's San Francisco media tour.  Quick impressions: yeah, this is a really cool device.  Everyone reading a tech site like CNET will want one.
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Gmail Blog:
Offline Gmail graduates from Labs  —  Almost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs.  By installing Offline Gmail, you're able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there's no internet connection.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
How Microsoft stacks up against Google's latest search and mobile wares  —  Hoping (unsuccessfully so) to head off the glowing press Google was bound to get this week for its “future of search” preview, Microsoft showed off some of its latest enhancements to Bing last week.
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Relevance meets the real-time web
Vic Gundotra / Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile Search for a New Era: Voice, Location and Sight
Mel Martin / TUAW:
Dragon Dictation comes to the iPhone.  Wow.  —  Put this into the 'I didn't think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone' category.  —  I'm talking about Dragon Dictation [iTunes link] from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Rings Up $6.5 Million in Sales Using Twitter Promotions  —  Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Dell Inc., relying on social- networking sites to drum up sales of personal computers, said its promotions on Twitter have helped generate more than $6.5 million in orders for PCs, accessories and software.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LaLa Was Bought By Apple For $17 Million, Not $80 Million  —  Sometimes you have to apply the smell test to what your sources are telling you, and the rumors we're hearing about Apple's purchase of music service LaLa are definitely smelling a little off.  $80 million for LaLa?  That isn't what we're hearing.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate finally makes move from hard drives to flash storage  —  Seagate makes about $10 billion a year in revenues from its 30-year-old hard drive business.  But today, after two years of study, the company is launching a new flash memory storage business.
The Official Google Blog:
Fighting fraud online: taking “Google Money” scammers to court  —  “Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!”  You may have seen offers like these using Google's name or logo that sounded too good to be true.
The Official Google Blog:
Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories  —  There's been no shortage of talk recently about the “future of news.”  Should publishers charge for news online?  How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads?  How will accountability journalism endure?
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Boxee shows off beta version with improved interface  —  At an event in Brooklyn on Monday, Boxee showed off the upcoming beta version of its media center application for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Apple TV.  The Boxee software, based on the open-source XBMC, lets you watch and listen …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple appeals $21.7 million patent infringement decision  —  After a patent holder was awarded $21.7 million from Apple last week over technology related to cache memory, the Mac maker has officially appealed the court's decision.  —  On Dec. 4, Apple filed its formal appeal in the case.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple reveals best-selling iTunes content, iPhone apps of 2009  —  Apple this week revealed the most critically acclaimed and best selling content of the year in the iTunes Store, the world's most popular online music seller and mobile application destination.
Discussion: MacRumors
Joel / Socialthing! blog:
Transition to AIM Lifestream  —  The last 10 months have been quite amazing for the Socialthing team.  We finished off an integration with the Bebo.com team and began work on the AIM Lifestream, which officially launched in September.  —  The AIM Lifestream is the lifestreaming platform …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Million People Riding Google Wave.  Most Of Them On Their Stomachs.  —  The first time you go surfing, it's a pretty significant achievement to just stand up on the board and ride a wave.  Most people never leave their stomachs, or when they do, they fly face first into the wave.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Cloud-based Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords  —  For US$34, a new cloud-based hacking service can crack a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) network password in just 20 minutes, its creator says.  —  Launched Monday, the WPA Cracker service bills itself as a useful tool for security auditors …
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
The first iPhone development reality show?  —  We've heard stories of rapidly-developed iPhone applications before, but we've never seen the process play out live before our eyes (well, some of us haven't).  That's exactly what the guys at Command Guru are doing: Developing an iPhone app …
Discussion: Geek.com and IntoMobile
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twitter Deal: CelebrityTweet Acquired by Russell Simmons  —  You would think that Web sites that simply aggregate tweets from lists of users would become somewhat irrelevant with the introduction of Twitter Lists.  —  But apparently, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons doesn't think so …
Discussion: PR Newswire, paidContent and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MSN Inks New Deal With Wonderwall Creator BermanBraun for Online Lifestyle Site  —  MSN will announce a new deal with BermanBraun-the Hollywood production company run by former Yahoo media chief and well-known television exec Lloyd Braun (pictured here)-to create …
Google LatLong:
Changing your perspective  —  As an avid travel planner or discerning house hunter, you might always be looking for another view of a location before you make your final decision.  On the Google Maps team we're always looking for ways to make search experiences like this more useful for you.
Discussion: VentureBeat and James Fee GIS Blog
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)
Discussion: Digital Daily and mocoNews
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
IBM offers hosted Tivoli monitoring for the midmarket
Discussion: eWeek
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Forecast: Online Will Take More Ad Dollars Than Newspapers By 2015
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Gear6 Brings Memcached to Amazon's Cloud
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Daylife gives publishers self-updating topic pages
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft labs tests a Wikipedia of average Joes
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
NutshellMail SAAS Tool Manages Facebook, Twitter Messages
Discussion: paidContent
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Travel Startup With Ties To Twitter Founders Gets Funding
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Follow the money: The ROI Scareware, Spyware, click fraud, pharma spam
Discussion: Computerworld
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
If You Can Draw It on a Whiteboard, You Can Send It to a Kindle
Discussion: VoIP Watch
appfreak:
Molinker on AppStore scam: “We don't know what's wrong so far”