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Google Tempts Hackers With $20,000 Prize
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Any hackers who think they know a thing or two about Chrome should strongly consider booking a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia.  At the Pwn2Own competition in early March, the first person who can exploit the browser will get $20,000 (and a Cr-48 notebook, if it matters) from Google itself.

Microsoft Releases H.264 Extension For Chrome
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About three weeks ago, Google announced that Chrome would no longer support the H.264 video codec.  Now, following some unpleasantness over allegedly copied search results, Microsoft’s struck back by introducing an H.264 extension for Chrome.

To be fair, there’s room for interpretation regarding how aggressive this move is (or isn’t).  Microsoft’s offered similar plug-ins for Firefox for quite some time, and no one’s identified any real animosity there.

Net Applications: Chrome’s Market Share Jumps To 10.7 Percent
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Whether or not any of us realized it at the time, the first month of 2011 was an exciting one when it came to Microsoft, Google, and the ongoing browser wars.  New stats from Net Applications indicate that some big changes took place, with Chrome gaining ground and Internet Explorer taking a hit.

Google Launches Keep My Opt-Outs Chrome Extension
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Google has launched a new extension for its Chrome browser, called Keep My Opt-Outs. It is essentially a Do Not Track mechanism that lets users opt out from receiving personalized advertisements as they browse the web. 

Rumor: Chrome Chief To Stick With Google Despite Twitter Bid
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As news stories go, there have been more interesting ones than an employee not switching companies.  However, rumors indicated that Twitter was courting Google’s Sundar Pichai, and in order to keep him – which Google has – Google likely had to lay out a significant sum of money.

To set the scene: Sundar Pichai has been with Google for almost seven years.  Currently, he serves as a vice president of product management, and he’s also in charge of Chrome and Chrome OS.  So Pichai’s very much an important person at the company.

Google Drops Support of Popular Video Codec from Chrome [Update]
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Update: Google has a new post up talking about the move more, and answering some frequently asked questions. 

More Chrome Notebooks On The Way

People who are interested in the Cr-48 Chrome Notebook – but who were apparently passed over when Google began shipping the machines – shouldn’t give up hope quite yet.  An exec at the company indicated that more Cr-48s are on the way.

Chrome Ends 2010 With Market Share Of 9.98%

Most recollections of 2010 will cover both ups and downs, or at least acknowledge that bad stuff occurred while focusing on the good.  But the Chrome Web browser enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive year, gaining market share 11 months out of 12 according to Net Applications, and the latest data indicates it ended 2010 with a share just shy of 10 percent.

Google Raises $1 Million in Charity From Chrome Extension
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Last week, Google launched a Chrome extension in which every tab users opened would contribute to charitable donations to The Nature Conservancy, charity: water, Un Techo para mi País, Doctors Without Borders, and Room to Read for planting trees, providing clean water, building sh

Chrome Beta Gets Google Instant, WebGL 3D Tech (And More)

Google recently held a Chrome event in which it showed off some new things they are doing with their popular web browser (not to mention the opening of the Chrome Web Store and the introduction of Chrome OS). 

Will Google’s Chrome OS Succeed?
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The biggest news in tech and business that wasn’t related to Wikileaks this week, was probably the unveiling of Google’s new operating system – Chrome OS.

Google Instant Goes Mobile Globally

Google announced today that Google Instant for mobile is now available globally – in 28 languages and in 40 countries. You have to have an Android 2.2+ or iOS4 device to use it though. 

If you have one of these devices, you can simply go to google.com in your mobile browser, and it tap on the Google Instant link beneath the search box to enable it. This is somewhat interesting considering when Google Instant was first launched, you had to disable it if you didn’t want it, rather than enable it if you did want it. 

Amazon Set To Expand Kindle For The Web

Amazon.com has expanded its  Kindle for the Web to allow anyone with access to a browser to buy and read Kindle books.

 Retailers, authors, bloggers and website owners will be able to offer Kindle books from their own sites and earn referral fees through the Amazon Associates Program for sales made through their site. Amazon said its expanded Kindle for the Web will be available in the coming months.

Google’s Chrome Web Store Rolls Out Today
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Google announced the opening of the long-awaited Chrome Web Store today. The store was first announced at Google I/O earlier this year.

A developer preview was made available in August, so developers could upload apps and experiment with packaging, installing, and integrating payments into them. Now the rest of us get to see the fruits of this project.

Google Instant Coming to Chrome

At a special event for Chrome today, Google announced that its browser is up to 120 million users, representing 300% growth since January of this year. 

Chrome Experiences 300% Growth This Year

Stable Chrome 8 Debuts

Chrome users who appreciate having the latest and greatest things (and doesn’t that describe every Chrome user?) will be pleased to know that version 8 of Google’s Web browser has debuted in stable form.  Version 8.0.552.215 was announced earlier this afternoon, to be exact.

Chrome Gains Still More Ground In November
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Preparations for Turkey Day and the retail madness that followed apparently didn’t prevent a lot of folks from experimenting with new browsers.  The latest stats from Net Applications are out, and in terms of market share, Chrome scored another significant win in November.

Indeed, Chrome was almost the only browser to make progress last month, edging upwards from 8.50 percent to 9.27 percent.  Safari’s market share increased a little, too – from 5.36 percent to 5.57 percent – but otherwise, every competitor lost ground.

Chrome Tops New List Of Vulnerable Applications
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Generally speaking, Google does well when it comes to lists.  It’s often labeled a favorite employer, most trusted brand, or dominant competitor.  Unfortunately for the company, Chrome earned the number one spot on a list titled "Top Vulnerable Applications – 2010" today.

Google Offers Free Inflight Wi-Fi For The Holidays

The Google Chrome browser team said today it has partnered with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America, to provide free Gogo Inflight Internet to travelers during the holiday season.

People flying on AirTran, Delta or Virgin America between November 20, 2010 and January 2, 2011 will have free Wi-Fi on any of their domestic flights.

Google Adds PDF Viewer To Chrome Beta Channel
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Four and a half months ago, Google indicated that it was developing an "integrated PDF viewing experience" for Chrome.  Now it’s arrived – sort of.  An integrated PDF viewer has at least been introduced to the beta channel.

The beta channel represents a step forward versus the developer channel, anyway.  Plus, although there are presumably some quirks left to iron out, it sounds like Google’s done a nice job of designing the viewer.

Chrome Sees Market Share Gain In October
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The latest browser-related stats from Net Applications are out, and October represented more of a trick than a treat for Internet Explorer and Firefox.  But in terms of market share, Safari gained a tiny bit of ground, and Chrome definitely came ahead.

On a month-over-month basis, Net Applications believes Chrome’s market share increased from 7.98 percent to 8.47 percent.  And pitted purely against itself, that gain represents an improvement of 6.14 percent, which is quite good for that short a period.