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11:05 PM ET, December 7, 2010

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Linus Upson / Google Chrome Blog:
An update on Chrome, the Web Store and Chrome OS  —  On the Chrome team, we're constantly amazed by the speed of innovation on the web.  We designed Chrome to make the web shine, and we hope our upcoming efforts will help support this vibrant ecosystem even more.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop  —  We've had plenty of pre-knowledge on this, but surprisingly this is our first actual glimpse of Google's new unbranded “Cr-48,” the very first Chrome OS laptop.  Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Chrome OS launch coming in mid 2011, but Google starting pilot program  —  Google offered a flood of news about its Chrome OS netbook operating system today, but it turns out that most consumers will have to wait until the middle of 2011 before they can buy a computer with Chrome OS installed.
Sarah Nahm / Chromium Blog:
A New Crankshaft for V8  —  Today we are introducing Crankshaft, a new compilation infrastructure for V8, Google Chrome's JavaScript engine.  By using aggressive optimizations, Crankshaft dramatically improves the performance of compute-intensive JavaScript applications - often by more than a factor of two!
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google demos Chrome OS, announces partnership with Verizon Wireless  —  Google held a special event on Tuesday to show off progress made over the course of the last year with its Chrome line of products.  Most interestingly, perhaps, are the new Chrome OS features the Internet giant showed off.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Shows Off Chrome Web Store, “Always Connected” Chrome Notebook  —  It's easy to sell premium applications on smartphones; Apple's iTunes App Store has proven that.  Is it equally easy to sell them on the Web?  We'll soon find out.  At an event in San Francisco this morning …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Where Chrome OS Will Fail: Hardware Support  —  Toward the end of today's Chrome OS event, Google admitted that it's still working out how to support hardware peripherals.  This is how Chrome OS is most likely to fail.  —  For printing, vice president of product management Sudar Pichai suggested …
Discussion: Engadget
John Biggs / TechCrunch:   Google Chrome Apps: The Widget Economy Is Back
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
It's Alive: The Google Chrome OS Notebook Launch Event
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
IE9 and Privacy: Introducing Tracking Protection  —  The feedback and conversation on IE9's Platform Previews and Beta to date from many different communities has made the IE9 development process, and product, substantially better than previous releases.  The discussions around hardware-accelerated HTML5 …
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Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Initial thoughts on Microsoft's IE9 Tracking Protection Announcement
Discussion: LiveSide.net
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CONFIDENTIAL!  Looks Like “Google +1″ Was Just Accidentally Revealed (Pic)  —  While we haven't 100 percent confirmed it yet (update: we've confirmed with a source), what you see above is what we do very much believe to be a picture of Google's latest social foray.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
4chan rushes to WikiLeaks' defense, forces Swiss banking site offline  —  The forces of Anonymous have taken aim at several companies who are refusing to do business with WikiLeaks. 4chan's hordes have launched distributed denial-of-service attacks against PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance …
Discussion: Digital Trends
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Julian Assange / The Australian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths  —  WIKILEAKS deserves protection, not threats and attacks.  —  IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”
Amazon:
Every Website Can Now Be a Bookstore  —  Kindle for the Web enables customers to read full text of Kindle books in their web browser - no download or installation required  —  Websites are invited to participate in decentralized e-book sales  —  Kindle for the Web is Chrome OS launch partner
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon to let people read full Kindle books in web browser
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Now Playing on #newTwitter: Embedded Music, TV Shows, Slides and More  —  One of the most popular features of #newTwitter is the ability to check out photos, videos, and music directly in the details pane.  Click on a Tweet with a link to media, and the details pane on the right lets …
Rich Feit / The Google Apps Blog:
Preview the new Google Groups  —  Millions of people around the world use Google Groups to power discussions with the groups and communities they care about.  We have been working hard to improve this experience, and today we are happy to announce a sneak preview of the brand new Google Groups.
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Google Executive Says Local Advertising Is Top Focus  —  Google's failed attempt to purchase fast-growing Web coupon provider Groupon has not deterred the Internet search giant from the local advertising market.  In fact, Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who oversees its advertising business …
Discussion: Bits
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix CFO Leaves Because He Can't Become CEO  —  Long-time Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy is leaving the company, Netflix just announced, because he “has expressed a desire to pursue broader executive opportunities outside the company.”  —  Translation: He wants to become a CEO, which isn't going to happen at Netflix.
Discussion: PR Newswire, CNET News and Pulse2
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Work, play on a single phone: LG teams up with VMware to deploy Android handsets with virtualization  —  VMware has been chatting up seamless, sexy virtualization among multiple operating systems on a single smartphone for some time — and it's finally getting the opportunity to deliver en masse thanks to a new partnership with LG.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Dive Video-Google's Andy Rubin Shows Off Prototype Motorola Tablet  —  Google's Andy Rubin came to D: Dive Into Mobile packing some serious hardware, and not just the company's newly announced smartphone, the Nexus S. He came with a prototype Motorola Android tablet, running a dual-core Nvidia chip …
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Joshua Schachter Switches From Angel Investor To Entrepreneur  —  Former Google engineer and Del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter has made angel investments in at least 45 companies, but he's backed off from investing for now.  He thinks angel investing has developed enough difficulties …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In another stunner, OnLive enables game spectating and Windows 7 apps on your iPad  —  OnLive is announcing today that a limited version of its online game service is now available for the iPad and a beta version for Android devices will soon be available.  Not only will you be able to watch live video games in action on the iPad.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Flurry, the Apps Analytics Start-Up That Enraged Steve Jobs, Raises $15 Million  —  Some start-ups might curl up and die when Steve Jobs singles them out for criticism.  But Flurry seems to be doing okay: The app analytics company, which enraged Jobs by peering into Apple's iPad launch plans …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Project “Groupon Everywhere” Proceeds With Hyper-Local Deals (Via JiWire)  —  Groupon barely paused to reject Google's $6 billion offer before continuing on its way towards becoming an online local advertising juggernaut.  It introduced self-serve Groupon Stores last week …
Brian Hendricks / Bing:
Bing's new mall maps: Get in, get out, and the avoid the crowds  —  Have you ever driven to a mall, parked at one of the big department stores, then discovered the store you needed to go to was on the other side of the mall?  What about experiencing the frustration of not knowing where in the mall …
Discussion: The Next Web and Engadget
 
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Salesforce Chatter Goes Freemium
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Nexus S preview