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7:30 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
A new kind of computer: Chromebook  —  A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better.  Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  These are not typical notebooks.  With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Chromebooks Out June 15, $349 For Consumers, $20-$28 Monthly For Educators/Business  —  At long last, the Google Chrome OS operating system is going prime time against Windows and Mac computers.  On June 15, consumers can by them for a flat rate.  Those in education and business have intriguing monthly payment options.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google Launches Chromebooks with Samsung and Acer  —  Samsung and Acer are launching two new notebooks running Google's Chrome OS this summer in the U.S. and six European countries.  Acer's Chromebook will start at $349, and Samsung's model will be priced $429 for its WiFi model and $499 for a model with 3G connectivity.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's Chromebooks Debut June 15
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
A better app for your mobile browser  —  We want you to be able to access Twitter no matter where you are; regardless of what device you use; or, whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile application or the browser.  Today, we're starting to roll out a new version of twitter.com for mobile devices.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google makes Chrome Web Store available worldwide, adds in-app purchases and flat five percent fee  —  Google has just announced that it's making the Chrome Web Store available to the “entire userbase of Chrome,” and in 41 different languages no less, although those outside the current markets …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Announces 160 Million Chrome Users, Massive Improvements Coming  —  Chrome's user base “more than doubled” in the past year with browser uptake increasing from 70 million to 160 million thanks to Linux, Windows, and OS X versions of the browser finally reaching parity.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Commissioner To Join Comcast  —  WASHINGTON - Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who approved the deal said she would join Comcast to oversee its government affairs office.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Google and Amazon's cloud lockers may play into Apple's hands
Discussion: PC World and SAI
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Market Getting A Major Refresh: Better Discovery, A Redesign, And 99 New Countries  —  One of the most important pieces in the Android ecosystem is Android Market — Google's application storefront that comes pre-installed on the vast majority of Android devices.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Danger of Playing in Apple's Walled Garden  —  Every so often a news item comes along that reinforces the downside of building your business on someone else's platform, and this week's poster child is iFlowReader, an e-book app for the iPhone and iPad.  The company behind the app announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Facebook Indie Games
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
iFlowReader Latest App To Shut Up Shop, Blames Apple's IAP, Agency Models
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin gets Danger back together at Google to work on Android hardware  —  Cell phone hardware innovators are gathering at Google.  That could mean big changes for Android.  —  Joe Britt at Google I/O  —  FORTUNE — Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt, two legendary figures in mobile phone development …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows Users to Tag Pages in Photos, Could Bring in New Fans  —  Starting today, Facebook users will be able to tag Pages in their photos.  Page tagged photos will adhere to a user's privacy settings, and will only appear on a Page's Photos tab if set to be visible to everyone.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook reportedly disables account of attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg  —  Mark S. Zuckerberg, an Indianapolis bankruptcy attorney, might not consider Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to be a friend.  —  That's because the world's largest social networking website has shut down the lawyer's personal Facebook account.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco third quarter better than expected  —  Cisco delivered better-than-expected third quarter earnings and CEO John Chambers said the company has “a clear game plan” to “transition to the next phase.”  —  As noted previously, it was a busy quarter for Cisco, which exited its Flip camera business and reorganized to improve focus.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars  —  Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads.  —  And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Think Insights: Google's new site for data addicts  —  Some people might say that statistics are like mini-skirts: they give good ideas, but hide the most important thing.  What nonsense though, statistics, data, hard numbers...whatever you want to call it, are what give businesses and marketers …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Guesses That Only 20% Of Googlers Still Use Windows Machines  —  Today during the press Q&A after the Chrome OS/Chromebook keynote, Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined the panel to share his thoughts on the new products and Google in general.  Since the end goal of Chrome OS …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Coming This Summer: Fully Offline Gmail, Google Calendar, And Google Docs  —  While it hasn't always been clear just how big of a bet Google was going to make on Chrome OS, after Google I/O today, it seems very clear that they're very serious.  With the launch of Chromebooks …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
A Microsoft cheat sheet for Google I/O  —  Microsoft, never one to shy away from blog posts touting how it is besting Google, has been quiet about the announcements Googlehas been making at the Google I/O developer conference this week.  To fill the void, I thought I'd try my hand at a compare/contrast between the two rivals.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: BranchOut Raises $18M For Facebook-Focused Professional Network  —  Exclusive: BranchOut, a professional social network for Facebook, has raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures with Accel Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and Floodgate also participating the the round.
OUT-LAW News:
Google infringes copyright when its services link to newspaper sites, Belgian court rules  —  A Belgian appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that Google infringes on newspapers' copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper websites, according to press reports.
 
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google TV shows off new Honeycomb UI, plans for Market, SDK; opens up remote app source code
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Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Supply chain data shows Apple sales up 113% in April
Discussion: eWeek, SAI, Tech Trader Daily and MacNN
Electronista:
Acer pins failures in iPad's wake on ex-CEO
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek and TechEye
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Stops Serving iAds In Apps Targeted To Kids
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android@Home is the best worst thing that could happen to home automation
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More
Discussion: GeekWire