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Google to launch Chrome OS

Sam Diaz: Google said that it will launch the Google Chrome operating system, a computer operating system that initially will target netbook computers by offering a faster, better and more secure way for users to access Web-based applications.

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Google Chrome OS is a game changer
Larry Dignan: Google's software stack is revealed; Shrapnel everywhere
Dennis Howlett: Google ChromeOS: have people given leave of their senses?
Phil Wainewright: Microsoft, hoist by a Chrome petard
David Greenfield: Google officially announces OS for PCs

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Microsoft's Azure interoperability pieces start to fall into place

Mary Jo Foley: One of Microsoft?s key promises for Azure, its cloud computing platform, was that it wouldn't be a Windows/.Net-only affair.

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Mary Jo Foley: Azure pricing: How low will Microsoft go?

Microsoft trying to settle with EC

Mary Jo Foley: Reports say Microsoft is attempting to come to a settlement with European antitrust officials over two antitrust matters pending in the European Union.

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Spammers like shortcut URLs, too. Should Twitter be worried?

Sam Diaz: If you've used Twitter, you know about URL-shortening services such as tinyurl and bit.ly. Now, it appears that spammers are getting in on the shortcut URL game.

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Dancho Danchev: Koobface worm joins the Twittersphere

Windows 7 'Family Pack' ... Fact or fiction?

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Last week a huge amount was written regarding a small tidbit that was uncovered in the EULA of a leaked build of Windows 7 which suggested that Microsoft planned on offering a Windows 7 Home Premium "Family Pack."

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Rumors: Cisco, VMware, EMC

Dan Kusnetzky: The rumor is that Cisco is going to create a joint venture with VMware and possibly EMC to spin off the unit that creates the UCS systems. Fun no?

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