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Google prepares laptop assault on Apple, Microsoft

Sydney Morning Herald - Having shaken up the mobile phone market, Google is now preparing to compete head-on with Apple and Microsoft in laptop computers with a range of Google-based "netbooks" due out this year.

Glen Murphy, the Australian lead designer on Google's Chrome operating system (OS) and web browser projects, said the first Chrome computers would go on sale this year. The big vendors have signed up including Samsung, Acer, Asus, Toshiba and HP.