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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."

Google Chrome OS leaked screenshots: is this Microsoft’s newest rival?

Google Chrome OS leaked screenshots: is this Microsoft’s newest rival?

The first purported screenshots of Google's Chrome OS have leaked, courtesy of a snap-happy Acer parts supplier and a momentarily careless Google demo rep.  Apparently taken at the end of a demonstration of Chrome OS for Acer, installing the software in just 10 minutes on a formerly Vista Acer Extensa 4620Z laptop, even this early build of the platform showed its speed credentials: a desktop to desktop reboot in around 25 seconds.

UPDATE: The screenshots are fake, as we suspected might be the case.  Just a video designer hoping to drum up business. 7/9/2009

More Google Chrome OS feedback after the cut

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Google working with Acer, ASUS, HP and more on Chrome OS netbooks

Google working with Acer, ASUS, HP and more on Chrome OS netbooks

Google have revealed the hardware partners that they are currently working with on their freshly-announced Chrome OS.  The search giant has named Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba as all helping to design and build devices that will run the new platform, which has been described as the Chrome browser with a new windowing system, on top of a Linux kernel.

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Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

With much sound and fury, the blogosphere and Twitter all respond to Google's "bombshell" announcement that they're launching Chrome OS sometime in the 2nd half of 2010 (which I might add is a long time from now). Already, folks who have never seen it, used it or spent five minutes with it are claiming it's huge threat to Windows. (Oddly, if that's the case, wouldn't it also be a threat to Apple and Mac OS, an argument I've not seen but perhaps that's another story).

While it's early to be dismissive, this is far from a slam-dunk success. It feels more like another way Google is attempting to provoke Microsoft. Something, which Google seems to like to do with increased regularity. (Actually, it feels like Google likes to give Microsoft a smack on the side of the head with a sharp stick form time to time).

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