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Google Sending Invites For Free Chrome OS Notebook

Those who have signed up to receive news, updates, and launch information about Chrome and Chrome OS a while back may, like us, have received an email from the Google Chrome Team to inform them that they are eligible for a free Chrome notebook as part of its pilot program.

We received such an email one hour after the device - codenamed CR48 - was demoed by Google during a special Google Event yesterday, stating that we were eligible to receive one of the cuties.

Google says that the Chrome notebook is for people who "live on the web" and want a "faster, safer and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers" (ed : Apple does that already but it is way more expensive).

Unfortunately, it seems that you will need to be based in the US for now to get one (ouch) and interested parties will have to apply before Saturday 8am UK time to qualify for one.

Alternatively, you can apply for the pilot program here.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.