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How to run Linux on a Chromebook

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Google
Hardware

Want to run Debian or Ubuntu on your Chromebook? With Crouton, you can do that.

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Could Samsung Focus Exclusively on Chromebooks?

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Google

How focused has Samsung become on Chromebooks--portable computers that run Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS? According to a report in DigiTimes, after cutting its targets for notebook computer sales, the company may have plans to "no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers." While there is no official confirmation from Samsung, the move would represent a big shift for Samsung and one of the biggest votes of confidence yet for Chromebooks.

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New Google Chrome 32 Release Fixes Mouse Pointer and Quicktime Issues

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Google Chrome 32.0.1700.102 is here to fix several annoying bugs, including crashes of the Quicktime plugin, mouse pointer disappearing issue after exiting the fullscreen mode, scrolling issues with combo boxes, and horizontal scrolling issues for trackpad users.

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Samsung, Google sign patent deal

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“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,”said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”

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Pwnium hackathon: Google offers over $2 million in rewards

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OSS

It’s time to showcase your security skills again! Google has announced its Pwnium 4 competition, offering a total of $2.71828 million in prizes for anyone who can crack open its browser-based operating system, Chrome OS.

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Research Shows Chromebooks Doing Very Well in the Education Market

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Google

For more than a year now, sales have been downright dreary for PCs and PC equipment makers, but new-generation Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS platform have shown signs of bucking the trend. Late last year, there were many reports that Chromebooks were not selling well at all. For example, a ZDNet column cited some IDC research that apparently showed Chromebooks struggling.

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Programmer Claims Chrome Browser Lets Sites Listen In on Users

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This is the kind of charge that gives people like Richard Stallman fits. Basically, if you have a microphone connected to your computer Chrome accesses it through a Web Speech API and is capable of performing speech-to-text tasks. The claim is that these features can be hijacked through pop-under windows for eavesdropping purposes.

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Google Now comes to your desktop

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Google

You must love Google Now on your Android devices, you can have it on your desktop too. Google Now has been integrated with alpha version Chrome browser (Canary). It will provide you with notification cards, based on location, time, weather and other context specific information right on your desktop.

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Chrome 32 Has New Tab Indicators, Better Performance

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Software

Google Chrome 32 features new tab indicators for sound / webcam / casting, automatic blocking of known malware files, a number of new apps and extension APIs, and numerous "under the hood" changes that promise to provide better stability and performance.

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Google acquires Nest, gains Linux IoT tech

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Google

Google’s pending $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs brings it a hot selling, Linux-based smart thermostat — and a launchpad for the Internet of Things.

Google’s stock price rose 1 percent the day after it announced it planned to acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. The acquisition topped off a CES show in Las Vegas that was awash in similar, low-cost, smartphone-accessible home automation devices. Like most of these products, including Belkin’s WeMo and Ivee’s new Ivee Sleek, Nest Lab’s Learning Thermostat and runs on embedded Linux. The Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarm lists the open source FreeBSD, NetBSD, and FreeRTOS. (See farther below for more details on the products.)

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Schools Continue to Drive Chromebook Sales

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Google

School systems around the U.S. are purchasing Chromebooks for students, a trend that Google could subsidize and one that is reminiscent of Apple's strong focus on the education market from years ago. Westwood High School in Massachussetts is buying Chromebooks to issue to students who will return them once they graduate. The Bell-Chatham school board has approved Chromebook purchases for students, as has the Sumner School District.

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Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

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Google

Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts.

And that's bad news for Microsoft.

The pared-down laptops powered by Google's browser-based Chrome OS have surfaced this year as a threat to "Wintel," the Microsoft-Intel oligarchy that has dominated the personal-computer space for decades with Windows machines.

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Chromebooks charge into business market, capture 20% of commercial notebooks

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Google

Sales of Chromebooks exploded from basically nothing in 2012 to more than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial PC market, analyst firm NPD reported on Monday, while Windows PCs and Macs remained flat at best.

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Google's robotics program has legs, but where is it going?

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Google

Now that all the foundational research has been done by startups and universities, often with military funding, Google is swooping in. The effort is being led by former Android operating system chief Andy Rubin, a known robotics buff. Rubin is a big-picture thinker, and he’s been obsessed with robots for decades. Angle recalls selling Rubin an iRobot B24 — a 2-foot-diameter research robot with three wheels and sonar sensors — in 1989 or 1990. "This is something that an individual would never buy," he says. "The only people who would buy it would be research universities and Andy Rubin."

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Google joins Open Invention Network patent commons as a full member

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The Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization that was formed to promote collaboration and patent non-aggression in support of Linux, announced on Wednesday that Google has joined IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony as a full member of OIN.

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Google Compute Engine Generally Available With Lower Prices And More Linux Support

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Google

Last year, Google unveiled Compute Engine at Google I/O, apparently seeking to compete with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for the cloud computing needs of businesses.

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Anti-GNU/Linux Campaigns Are Not Left Behind at Microsoft, Only the Brands Change

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Google
Microsoft

Microsoft’s offensive and facts-free campaigns still target products which run GNU/Linux, even if the “G” and “L” words are not mentioned (Chromebooks/Google are the target now)

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A Tale of Two Browsers: Chrome v. Chromium

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Is Chrome or Chromium more secure? Numerous security experts place their bets on Chromium, suggested Paul Hill, a senior consultant at SystemsExperts. "Chrome's code has to be able to tie into Flash Player, for instance," Hill explained. "So more code is involved to integrate with other third-party products. This all introduces more complexities and more code paths.

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CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store

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CyanogenMod Inc. recently published an app on Google Play Store which assists users in installing custom ROMs on their phones using Windows PCs. Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily.

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