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By Thomas Baekdal - December 2010

What You Need To Know Today (Dec/8)

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Google held its big Chrome event yesterday and showcased their latest speed improvements. In short, it is really mind-bogglingly fast. They also showcased WebGL, hardware accelerated 3D in the browser.

Google also launched the Chrome Web Store featuring apps for the browser. Worth noticing was the unveiling of several news and media apps (article coming).

And finally Google showcased the newGoogle Chrome OS, which can be set up from scratch in just four steps in under 60 seconds. While it still doesn't work for general use, it does showcase a very interesting future.

You can watch the full event at the Chrome YouTube channel.

KPMG's media and entertainment barometer (UK) found that only 2% are willing to pay for content online, as well as 86% indicating that they prefer offline over online news consumption. They also found that 80% browse the net from their smartphone. Read the full report (PDF)

Amazon launched Windows Shop, a website designed to, as Amazon put's it, "give customers a new way to shop and makes exploring everything from toys and DVDs, to coffee makers and digital cameras, easy, fun and fast." While it looks impressive, it is really nothing but one giant advertisement.

Amazon also, as expected, unveiled Kindle for the Web, their new HTML5 ebook readers. Allowing any website to embed the reader (interesting news for social ebook sites).

Facebook has decided to relax a bit on their very restrictive promotions and sweepstakes requirements. Sweepstakes will no longer require written approval, nor a minimum media spend. Most of the other rules are still in place.

Salesforce is moving into cloud services. First launching database.com, the cloud database for enterprise, and today buying Heroku, the cloud service powering Ruby on Rails.

European ISPs want to charge web companies for bandwidth use used by their customers. An insane idea. It would be like asking Wallmart to pay a percentage of your home electricity bill to the electric company, just because you bought a coffee machine from them.

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