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Google goes after Windows with launch of Chrome OS

Google goes after Windows with launch of Chrome OS Sam Diaz: Google says it will launch a computer operating system that initially will target netbooks by offering a faster, better and more secure way for users to access Web-based applications.

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If everyone bets on Android does anyone gain an edge? Larry Dignan: Motorola -- along with a bevy of other wireless carriers -- has gone gaga for Google's mobile operating system. If Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola all go Android happy, does anyone really have an advantage?

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Beyond speed: What's the next challenge for browsers?

Beyond speed: What's the next challenge for browsers? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: All the major web browsers -- even laggard Internet Explorer 8 -- have made such dramatic improvements in speed that anyone of them is plenty fast for most users. So what should be next on the browser developer's agenda? Here's my wish list.

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So many Microsoft codenames, so little time

So many Microsoft codenames, so little time Kumo and Kiev are so yesterday. What do Microsoft's latest codenames reveal about the direction of the company? The July edition of Mary Jo Foley's CodeTracker includes new codenames plus updated due dates -- and it's available now as a free download.

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Are Steve Jobs' management skills a corporate risk?

Are Steve Jobs' management skills a corporate risk? Andrew Nusca: We all know that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a revered figure in the consumer electronics industry for pushing the envelope and getting filthy rich doing it. But does the magic of Apple product success hide a poor business manager? Can one bad apple spoil the bunch? One Harvard Business Review writer thinks so.

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Do hardware startups have a better shot at success?

Larry Dignan: Entrepreneurs shouldn't shy away from hardware if they are looking to succeed. That contrarian view -- that many startups would naturally gravitate to the Web and software -- was argued by Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign.

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