Google Cranks Out A New Chrome Beta With “CrankShaft” Javascript

In lieu of the Chinese New Year, Google has mentioned that it’s the Year of The Rabbit. More importantly for Google, Crankshaft offers a 66% increase in speed for their updated V8 engine for Chrome 10. At the moment, Chrome 10 is available on Google’s beta channel, but to try and convince you to take the leap, the big Goog has dished out a few more good features besides speed, like password sync, GPU-accelerated video, new settings tab, and then some.

In the meantime, the Chrome beta can be found right about here, and Google’s two blog posts about Chrome 10 are here and here, in order of importance.

President Obama Talked Jobs With Steve, Zuckerberg, And Schmidt

While the Internet was speculating about the subject of a meeting in Northern California between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO (for now) Eric Schmidt, Reuters just picked up what the meeting as specifically about, mostly that the meeting, “was part of Obama’s push for technological innovation to help boost the economy and reduce unemployment.”

Other major technology figures that attened were Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, Stanford University President John Hennessy, and former state controller and venture capitalist Steve Westly.Via: Reuters, TNW

Google Pushes Out New Toolbar To Some Users, +1 Rumors Commence

According to Google, this is nothing but a visual upgrade. According to others (read: MG Siegler and this post), this is the first bit of preparation for Google +1, their social network/something we hardly know about. As of today, my Google account has the new visual upgrades, which change very few things, except a few good user interface tweaks. The upgrade is rolling out slowly to users, in the meantime, go make a new Google search, if you are so inclined.

Motorola Xoom Pricing Confirmed: $800 For 3G Model Or $600 WiFi-Only

This is the official pricing for the first Android 3.0 tablet set to hit the shelves. By settings you back by about $800 for 32GB of storage, you’ll get a Motorola Xoom with 3G (which later this year will get upgraded for you to 4G LTE via a visit to a local VZW store), and for $600 a WiFi-only version. No solid release dates or time frames were given, so that’s a bummer, unless you’re listening to the many leaks and rumors, which pinpoint a release sometimes next week. Via: Reuters