Security researchers hack Google’s Chrome OS

When Google first started talking about its Google Chrome OS software a few years ago, one of the selling points was the promise that it would come with much better built-in security than other operating systems. Now, Chrome OS has only been commercially available for a few months, and security researchers have already figured out how to hack it.

Google Chromebooks available for pre-order, will ship June 15

Google announced via Twitter on Thursday that its Chromebook laptops are now available for pre-order from Amazon and Best Buy. The half dozen models that can be ordered are manufactured by Samsung and Acer and are expected to ship on June 15.

Apple’s cloud sure doesn’t look like Google’s

Apple finally threw its hat into the cloud computing ring in a serious way today with a new service called iCloud, which allows users to synchronize their applications and media across all their devices. It’s an ambitious vision, and one that’s about as different as possible from Google’s.

Google says it was just kidding about Chrome lock-in

One of the most provocative comments made during Google’s most recent earnings conference call was Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette’s statement that the company’s Chrome Web browser is good for Google because “everybody that uses Chrome is a guaranteed locked-in user.”

How Google just won the enterprise with Chromebooks

Google unveiled a program that will basically let a business or educational institute run the entire company with Chromebooks — notebooks that are lightweight and attached to a web-based operating system — that are managed through a centralized web administrator.

Asus looks to Chrome OS/Android for $200 netbook

Computer manufacturer Asus is betting there’s still a pot of gold to be found in the netbook market, despite decline due to growing competition from tablet computing devices.

Week in review: Why Google needs DRM

Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:

Amazon debuts Kindle for the Web on heels of Google eBooks

Signaling renewed competition in the e-reading space, Amazon today debuted a web-based extension to their existing Kindle platform with a new product called Kindle for the Web, which is nearly identical to a product Google announced yesterday dubbed Google eBooks, which is also a cloud-based ebookstore and reading webapp that lives within the browser.

Three reasons you might actually buy a Chrome OS netbook

Netbooks with Google’s Chrome OS operating system won’t be available to most consumers until the middle of next year, but company executives walked through many of the features at a press event today, where they also announced a pilot program using unbranded netbooks.

Google exec: Chrome OS and Android represent two visions of computing

Tech pundits (including me) have been wondering about how Google’s Chrome OS will compare to Android and how the two operating systems fit into Google’s broader product strategy. Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president of product management, took another stab at answering the question today.

Google’s Chrome OS netbook coming Dec. 7th

It’s been a long stretch, but Google is nearing the finish line with its Chrome OS netbook operating system. The company sent out invitations today to a Chrome event on Tuesday, December 7th, where it will launch the netbook, sources tell Engadget.

Google struggling to define Chrome OS as launch approaches

Google may have announced its Chrome OS operating system a year and a half ago, but it looks like the company’s executives are still wrapping their heads around its significance and potential. At least, that’s what I took away from a New York Times article about the OS.

Google Chrome OS smartbooks coming this month?

Google and its hardware partners are gearing up to launch the first generation of Chrome OS smartbooks this month, according to a report by news site Digitimes. The term “smartbook” is key when describing these Chrome OS devices, because they will likely run smartphone CPUs instead of typical laptop or netbook chips.

Google may be readying Chrome OS tablet for Black Friday release on Verizon

We’ve been hearing rumors that tablets based on Google’s Chrome OS were getting ready to hit the market for a couple of months. Now there’s word that Google is preparing a Chrome OS tablet with Verizon for release on November 26 — a day better known as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. — according to a source speaking to Download Squad.

Netbook operating system Jolicloud launches

Jolicloud, the netbook and web services-focused operating system by Netvibes founder Tariq Krim, has finally launched with an official version 1.0 release.

Dell confirms Chrome OS discussions with Google

After last week’s sighting of a Dell configuration for Google’s Chrome OS, we expected some word from Dell on where it stands with netbook or tablet devices running the Web-centric operating system. Now it seems that the company is indeed in talks with Google to use the OS, according to a Reuters interview with Amit Madha, Dell’s president for Greater China and South Asia.

Dell and HP may join Acer for first Chrome OS devices

While our story on Acer unveiling Chrome OS devices at Computex, the big Taiwanese trade show for computer manufacturers, didn’t pan out the way our sources had led us to believe it would, we do know that Acer is hard at work at devices featuring Google’s Web-centric operating system. Now it appears that Dell and HP may be among the first Chrome OS adopters as well, according to Download Squad.