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  1. Jamendo Solves MENSA-certified Hidden Chrome OS Equation, Wins Chrome Laptop

    This Thursday, Google released a video detailing some of the features of its new Chrome OS, and about two minutes and twenty seconds into it there is a shot, literally two seconds long, with a blackboard in the background. The blackboard has an equation on it. You should know what this means. Well, actually you shouldn't. But some smart people should. And they did. The geeks behind Jamendo, a community site for musicians wishing to share their work through creative commons licenses, were the first to lay claim to a shiny Cr-48 Chrome Netbook.

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  2. Chrome OS Explained

    This afternoon, Google finally unveiled its long-awaited Chrome operating system. Bits and pieces of information concerning Chrome OS have been floating around for some time now -- most concretely that it would a) be built primarily for the web and b) that unlike Google's Android mobile operating system, Chrome is made for personal and desktop computers. But today marks the most comprehensive look at the operating system that Google has given us. (Note that the current, non-final build of Chrome OS is and has been available for download at http://getchrome.eu/download.php). Some tech pundits have criticized Google for the delay in Chrome OS's release, saying that with the advent of mobile computing and the popularity of Android, that ship has already sailed. Google, however, contends that this is a distinct product, that it will fill a currently unfilled gap in what users need, and -- perhaps most daringly -- that the netbook isn't dead. (And they'll put their money where their mouth is by working with manufacturing partners to create Google-branded, Chrome OS powered netbooks.) So what defines Chrome OS?

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  3. If Groupon Was Acquired By… [Infographic]

    We largely passed on reporting on last week's Big Tech Rumor Story: Deals site Groupon was allegedly talking with Google about being acquired. Early reports valued the company at $2-3 billion, later revised to $5-6 billion; ultimately, though, Groupon walked away from the money, staying independent. (The fact that they reportedly make $800 million in annual revenue, distinguishing them from many a cashless online startup, no doubt played into their decision.) We passed on the story because the rumors weren't really substantiated, and whether or not they were leaked by Groupon to aid in their negotiations, as has been speculated, they certainly seemed to have that effect. In the humorous infographic below (found on TechCrunch), Azhar Bande-Ali imagines how four of the hot tech firms rumored to be in talks with Groupon would have incorporated it into their respective businesses.

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  4. Geekolinks: 12/4

    Chrome Launching Next Week? (Wired) Why The Library of Congress is Blocking Wikileaks (Library of Congress Blog) Adorable Star Wars Alphabet (Brandon Peat) Okamiden Pre-Order Bonus is Adorable Plush (Joystiq) The Twelve Bots of Christmas (GeekMom) Senators Propose Free WiFi in All Federal Buildings (The Hill) Would FPS Heckling Bother A Trained Professional? (Rooster Teeth) (pic via Reddit.)

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  5. Chrome OS Netbooks for Sale by Christmas?

    If DigiTimes is to be believed, this will be the month that netbooks powered by Google's Chrome OS will begin shipping worldwide, to be followed by a second round next month. Per DigiTimes, Google's manufacturing partner Inventec will prepare an initial run of 60,000 to 70,000 Google-branded Chrome netbooks, which "will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels"; thereafter, Acer and Hewlett-Packard will "test the water" with their own Chrome OS-powered offerings, presumably geared towards a mass audience. As BGR points out, DigiTimes has "an extremely mixed record" with its reports -- this one is attributed only to "sources" -- but when DigiTimes is right, it's often on the cutting edge; make of that fact pattern what you will. (DigiTimes via BGR)

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  6. Verizon and Google Announce Chrome Tablet for November

    Download Squad is reporting that Verizon and Google have teamed up once again. But this time, instead of fiddling around with the tubes, they're planning to release a tablet running Google's Chrome OS this November. Specs on the device are purely speculative at this point, but include a 1280x720 multitouch display, 32 GB of Flash storage, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3G data connection (this is Verizon we're talking about, after all). The hardware will reportedly be built by HTC, in the same manner as the Nexus One.

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  7. Google Chrome OS Coming in “Late Fall”

    A day after the news got out that Google was banning Windows use among its employees due to security concerns, they've announced, if not a hard release date, a release ballpark for their own Chrome operating system.

    According to Sundar Pichai, Google's VP of product management, Chrome OS will be coming some time in the "late fall."

    Reuters: "Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work," Pichai said. "You don't need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome."

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  8. Opera Parodies Chrome Speed Tests with Boiled Potatoes, Herring Sword Fights

    Earlier this month, Google rolled out a cheeky, competitive video that compared the speed of Google's Chrome browser with a potato gun, sound waves, and lightning, with Chrome getting the upper hand each time. Now, just days after Chrome for Mac and Linux phased out of beta, Norway-based Opera Software has launched a parody of the Chrome video with a distinctly Scandinavian sense of humor.

    Rather than compare the speed of their Opera browser to a shooting potato, they compared it to a boiling potato. Many hijinks ensue, including the titularly-alluded-to herring sword fight, in what is at once an homage to Google's video and a mockery of its silliness and pomp.

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  9. What Will the Google Tablet Look Like?

    In a move pretty clearly made to get Apple's goat, just days after the second coming unveiling of the iPad, Google has been dropping hints about its own potential tablet PC. Now, there are pictures of what the Google Tablet might look like.

    These aren't coming directly from Google, per se, but neither are they coming from rumor forums or Twitter; rather, Google's user interface designer, Glen Murphy, appears to have put them up on Chromium.org, the official site for Google's OS. So it's not guaranteed that these are for real, but neither is it baseless speculation:

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  10. Google Phasing Out Old Browser Support: Sayonara, IE6

    The Official Google Enterprise Blog has announced that come March 1, Google will be phasing out support for old browsers. Google Docs and Google Sites will be the first Google cloud functionalities to go, but the language of the post implies that others will follow. Though the change applies to Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, it's hard not to see one target at the heart of all of this: Internet Explorer 6.

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