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SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway

SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway

Notebooks running Google Chrome OS aren't expected to hit the market until mid-2011, so until now the only way to get your hands on a Google laptop is to sign up to the search giant's pilot program and hope you get picked to try out one of the 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now, though, there's another way: Google has given us five Cr-48 notebooks to give away, three for SlashGear readers and two over at our sibling site Android Community.

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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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The Daily Slash: December 10 2010

The Daily Slash: December 10 2010

Hooray on top of hooray, it's like Christmas came super early, we got our hands on and unboxed a Google Nexus S and you're all invited to sit by the campfire and watch! Joy! Then prepare yourself for a better way to leak as WikiLeaks staff members declare their intention of creating a separate site by the name of Openleaks. Next, get super pumped up and take a look at a leaked five year plan for Blizzard Entertainment - can you say Diablo III? SEE Facebook turn down a $15 BILLION DOLLAR offer from Microsoft. And SEE the Netbook category Go Extinct via Ben.

All this and MORE today on The Daily Slash!

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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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The Daily Slash: December 7 2010

The Daily Slash: December 7 2010

Oh my goodness it really WAS Chrome OS like we had the freaky feeling it would be this morning! Take a look at the full Google Chrome Event Re-Cap and Analysis by our man in the field Ben Bajarin who was there to see it all go down! Then head through the massive list of links below looking for the [CHROME] tag to see all the sweet stuff! Then you're probably so Google crazy you'll want more so you can click around over to our exclusive Google Nexus S Hands-On (with video and pics!) Then take a peek at our review of the [Advent Vega] tablet, review of the movie [Black Swan], and read how Julian Assange was arrested and denied bail today, followed by an open letter by a mass of big names to the Prime Minister of Austrialia.

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Google announces chrome notebook pilot program

Google announces chrome notebook pilot program

Google provided an update today to the Chrome OS and in the process showed off a reference notebook called CR-48. They also announced that they have partnered with Verizon, Acer, Samsung and Intel to take the lead to bring these Chrome notebooks to market.   Luckily however for the anxious early adopter Google is looking for some beta users for their Chrome OS notebook pilot program.

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Google Chrome OS launching Nov 11?

Google Chrome OS launching Nov 11?

The tablet wars are here and we know that there are many new tablets coming to the market soon and many builders are relying on Android to power their tablets, despite the fact that Google keeps saying Android in its current form is not suitable for a tablet. We also know that some tablet plans involve a tablet using the Chrome OS with some rumors pointing to a new tablet running Chrome landing on November 26 from HTC.

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Google Chrome OS & Android “may merge closer”; CEO Schmidt opposed development

Google Chrome OS & Android “may merge closer”; CEO Schmidt opposed development

Google's CEO and the search giant's co-founders took to the stage this week to discuss Chrome OS, the future of Android and other open-source issues, revealing that the two headline-grabbing platforms - one ostensibly for smartphones, the other for netbooks - have "a great deal of commonality" and "may merge even closer."  CEO Eric Schmidt also made clear that Google do not envisage Chrome OS as a direct Windows competitor; in fact, he said, "Microsoft is welcome to put Internet Explorer on our operating system."

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