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Google Chrome OS is “careless computing” warns GNU founder

Google Chrome OS is “careless computing” warns GNU founder

Google Chrome OS may liberate you from fire and awkward little children who dump ice cream on your notebook, but according to GNU founder Richard Stallman it also liberates you from too many of your legal rights. The outspoken Free Software Foundation founder believes that rather than "cloud computing", Chrome OS encourages "careless computing", and highlights the fact that the rules over what information police can or can't seize without a search warrant change depending on where your data is stored.

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What is a Chrome OS notebook?

What is a Chrome OS notebook?

Last week Google put a reference design notebook called the Cr-48 into the hands of many press, and excited consumers. This new notebook runs Google’s Chrome OS operating system and, according to Google, represents a new type of computing experience, mainly one that takes place solely within the browser.

In my column last Friday I started a debate about the fate of netbooks as I predicted the death of the netbook category. I appreciate all who commented on that column for contributing to the discussion. I ended the column pointing out that if the definition of the netbook is no longer valid, then what are we to call the Chrome OS notebook?

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Google smash, freeze & burn 25 Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks in praise of the cloud [Video]

Google smash, freeze & burn 25 Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks in praise of the cloud [Video]

Usually, when an interesting new gadget arrives, we have to wait until iFixit gets around to tearing it down before we see what's going on inside. Google, though, don't appear willing to wait for that to happen; they've pushed out a video to demonstrate the benefits of cloud-based working, and along the way 25 Google Cr-48 notebooks are broken, frozen, shattered and generally mistreated.

Video destruction after the cut

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Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks being delivered today

Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks being delivered today

Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks are already showing up with early registrants to the Chrome OS pilot program. Announced on Tuesday this week, a Cr-48 has arrived on the step of SeatGeek comms director Ben Kessler.

According to Kessler, "the build quality on the Cr-48 is mostly great, all rubberized plastic but the damn battery doesn't sit flush with the bottom." Google has purposefully left the 12.1-inch notebook generally unmarked and logo-free, targeting it solely at pilot users while commercial variants from Acer and Samsung are expected in mid-2011.

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Google grabs 60,000 Cr-48 notebooks while Acer conservative on Chrome OS demand

Google grabs 60,000 Cr-48 notebooks while Acer conservative on Chrome OS demand

Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook will be offered to developers, business and education users, and the general public as part of the search giant's early access program, but just how limited are the numbers Google is talking about? According to DigiTimes, the first batch of Cr-48 units amounts to around 60,000, with Inventec the manufacturer responsible for the unbranded 12.1-inch ultraportable.

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Google Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook detailed

Google Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook detailed

Notebooks from Samsung and Acer running Google Chrome OS aren't due to arrive until midway through 2011, but Google's own, unbranded Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook will tide developers over until the browser-based platform makes its full retail debut. A minimally-logo'd 12.1-inch ultraportable, the Google Cr-48 runs an Intel Atom processor and has a full-sized keyboard - complete with Google key customizations, like ditching the caps-lock and function keys - and the company reckons its battery is good for up to 8hrs of use or a week of standby.

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Google Rolls Out Sandbox for Adobe Flash Player in Chrome Browser

Google Rolls Out Sandbox for Adobe Flash Player in Chrome Browser

If you were following along today with the live feed (and or our coverage of the Google event) you're aware that one of the big improvements Google hopes to make with both Chromes (the OS and the browser) is increased security for users. One of the immediate implementations of this secure future is a "sandbox" of security, employed immediately on Adobe Flash Player. They've apparently been working since this past March with Adobe on this new functionality, and this week they'll be releasing their initial Flash Player sandbox for their dev channel users on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Everyone else will just have to wait for their turn.

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Google Chrome Event Re-Cap and Analysis

Google Chrome Event Re-Cap and Analysis

Google's Chrome team had a lot to share with the public today at an event they held in San Francisco.  They shared how now there are 120 m consumers who use the Chrome browser to surf the internet.  They also announced that with Chrome 8 the browser is no, thanks to a new technology called "Crankshaft" is now the fasted web browser on the market.

Two of the biggest announcements was the official launch of the chrome web app store and a public beta of their Chrome OS which included showing off a reference Chrome notebook called CR-48.

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Chrome OS Re-Announced at Google Chrome Event

Chrome OS Re-Announced at Google Chrome Event

As you know, our man Ben is at the Google Chrome event today and he's feeding us back info as he gets it. Today, amongst talks of updates to the Google Chrome browser as well as a Chrome Web Store comes a new batch of news about Chrome OS. Follow us live below. "Nothing but the web."

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