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Google Chrome OS netbooks delayed, but beta software release on track?

Google Chrome OS netbooks delayed, but beta software release on track?

Google Chrome OS is unlikely to make a significant launch on physical netbook hardware before the end of 2010, missing the search giant's previously stated release window, though a beta release is still expected sometime in December 2010. CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed that Chrome OS netbooks won't be on sale for the "next few months"; however, the company also insists that it is on track for a release of some sort this year, though they are "not going into details at this point."

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Lenovo: LePad US launch in 2011; $15m app investment fund founded

Lenovo: LePad US launch in 2011; $15m app investment fund founded

Lenovo is talking tablets again, with Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing reconfirming the company's plans to launch the LePad in the US sometime in 2011, alongside its Chinese launch. Last month, CEO Rory Read said Lenovo would hold off from launching an Android-powered slate until Honeycomb, Google's tablet-centric version of the open-source OS; Froyo (and, presumably, the imminent Android 2.3 Gingerbread) were not "the right base to have a fully functioning pad" Read suggested. Now the company has taken software into its own hands, kicking off a significant tablet app investment program.

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The Daily Slash: September 20th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 20th 2010

Hopefully everyone had a good weekend, and took advantage of the "International Observe the Moon Night" "And Talk Like a Pirate Day." If not, there's always next year. In any event, here we are at a Monday, getting ready to call it a night, so it's that time for The Daily Slash. Tonight, in our story from around the web, we'll get another nugget of joy from one Kudo Tsunoda, and then we'll wrap up what's been going on in the R3 Media Network today.

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Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Google has no plans for a second-generation Nexus Two smartphone, according to CEO Eric Schmidt, since the Nexus One met its desired goal of spurring on the Android hardware market.  In an interview with The Telegraph, Schmidt confirmed that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that."  However, Schmidt said he doubts Google will have to follow a similar route with upcoming Google Chrome OS netbooks.

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Google Cloud Print gets HP ePrint compatibility demo [Video]

Google Cloud Print gets HP ePrint compatibility demo [Video]

Google have been fleshing out their upcoming Cloud Print service, which is now apparently being tested internally.  Similar to what we saw with HP's ePrint system yesterday, Google Cloud Print allows users to send print jobs from their smartphone to any compatible networked printer; in fact, Google took to the stage with HP to demo the interaction of the two systems, and confirm that any of HP ePrint printers announced will also be fully compatible with Google Cloud Print.

Video demo after the cut

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Google junk Windows after security breach

Google junk Windows after security breach

The biggest fall-out from Google's Chinese hack incident back in January could be on Microsoft's bottom line, as the search giant moves to vanquish Windows PCs from employee desks.  According to the FT's sources, Google is giving staff a choice between OS X and Linux, with one unnamed employee saying that "we’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort."  Google have declined to comment, but according to other employees "getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval."

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