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In the Loop: September 2, 2008 Archive

Google's browser out today?

Posted at 9:59 AM on September 2, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (2 Comments)

googlecomic.jpgHaven't spotted the beta download yet, but Google has attempted to explain the project in an online comic. (Screenshot at right.)

The browser's called "Chrome." The download page is supposedly here, but at the moment that just redirects to the main Google search page.

So far, the comic doesn't make it sound very sexy. It makes it sound faster, and less clunky behind the scenes....no latent memory use after you close a tab, things like that. I wonder if that translates into making it more fun or easier to use. Thirteen pages into it, I don't have an idea of what it looks like or how the browsing experience is somehow game-changing.

Just have to try it out, I guess. Though probably not on my work computer, where I have the admin privileges of a summer high school intern.

UPDATE: The beta download is up now (though I'm having a hard time getting the file to actually download so far...)

UPDATE 2: My office computer actually completed the install. Weird. Someone should tell I.T....

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Journalists under fire . . .

Posted at 6:51 PM on September 2, 2008 by Sanden Totten

The story of the St. Paul RNC is shaping up to be one with a lot of characters and a lot of subplots. There are the politicians, the delegates, the peaceful protesters, the anarchists, Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, Hurricane Gustav . . . the list goes on.

sskennel 2.jpgAnd yesterday afternoon, Journalists entered that story as well, when national radio and TV host Amy Goodman was arrested while covering the protests. You can watch the video here.

She wasn't the only member of the media caught in the fray. A photographer for the Associated Press was also cuffed. And other members of the press suffered some pepper spray. (photo by sskennel via Creative Commons)

If journalists were getting a little nervous, a media advisory sent out by the St. Paul Joint Information Center today could only make things worse:

Information obtained by law enforcement indicates that some groups may be planning to target media, either by doing damage to property or assaulting personnel. Members of the media are advised to pay close attention to their surroundings and to call 911 if the need arises.

We've been told to cover guard our credentials and keep a low profile. I'm sure most journalists with a few years under their belt know when to worry and when not to. But I bet even the most seasoned pros will be glancing over their shoulders for signs of trouble as the week goes on. Because any way the story shapes up, we'd rather be the ones writing the headlines than the ones in them.

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