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2:35 PM ET, February 7, 2008


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Google News Blog:
All News is Local  —  Something you already know about Google News is that we crawl thousands of sources from around the world.  This means you get as many different perspectives on a story from many perspectives.  A while back, we started thinking about how to bring this same diversity …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Look Out Topix - Google Launches Localized News Service  —  Topix has made a name by aggregating tens of thousands of local news sources and aggregating them online (they also like citizen journalists).  It was only a matter of time before Google expanded their news product to compete more directly with Topix.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OpenID Welcomes Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM  —  As anticipated by TechCrunch UK in early January, OpenID is welcoming some big new partners to the club - Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM (TechCrunch UK anticipated all but Microsoft).  —  Google has been dabbling with OpenID …
The Shared Admin / OpenID:
Evolving the OpenID Foundation Board  —  This morning the OpenID Foundation announced that Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined the board.  The OpenID Foundation was formed in early 2006 by seven community members with the goal of helping promote, protect and enabling the OpenID technologies and community.
Bill Washburn / Market Wire:
Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open Identity Management on the Web  —  OpenID Foundation to Support Internet User Single Sign-On Technology  —  The OpenID Foundation today announced that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), VeriSign (NASDAQ …
Mathew /   OpenID: Still not quite there yet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA boss: Move copyright filtering from ISPs to users' PCs  —  Filtering sounds so wholesome.  As with filtered water, Internet filtering backers suggest that their products simply keep the sludge from passing through, and who wants to drink unfiltered sludge?
Karl / DSLreports:
RIAA: Anti-Virus Software Should Filter Pirated Content …
Discussion: Gizmodo
ARM to show Google phone prototype next week: source  —  FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - British chip designer ARM (ARM.L: Quote, Profile, Research) will show a prototype mobile phone based on Google's (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Android platform next Monday at the Mobile World Congress wireless show …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and IntoMobile
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ARM demoing Android prototype at Mobile World Congress?
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple slashing hardware production due to fewer expected orders  —  Last week, we found out that Apple had decreased its iPod and iPhone orders, a move which analysts suggested was due to an expectation of lower demand for those products in the coming months.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple cuts iPod, iPhone, and MacBook orders (again)
Fred / A VC:
Silicon Valley Arrogance  —  I opened an email this morning that started like this: … That's as far as I got.  I replied with incredulity and moved on.  —  I am the first to admit that Silicon Valley has the largest concentration of web entrepreneurs, web developers, and web financiers of anywhere in the world.
Nick / Rough Type:
Sneaking behind IT's back  —  There are two ways that big advances happen in business IT.  One way is top down: the powers that be - IT departments and corporate executives - make a decision to bring a new system into a company, and employees are required, either happily or unhappily, to use the system.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM shrinks Cell to 45nm.  Cheaper PS3s will follow  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At an ISSCC session yesterday afternoon, IBM announced details of a smaller, lower-power version of the Cell BE processor that powers Sony's PlayStation 3.  The Cell BE is currently fabricated on IBM's 65nm SOI process …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Cable Cut Fever Grips the Web  —  Are underseas telecom cable cuts the new IEDs?  —  After two underwater cable cuts in the Middle East last week severely impacted countries from Dubai to India, alert netizens voiced suspicions that someone — most likely Al Qaeda — intentionally severed …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Google's unstoppable  —  Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo because it believes online advertising will be a much bigger business than it is today, and it wants to have a piece of the pie.  Yahoo has a massive number of users, and the second-largest share of Internet searches.
Discussion: and One By One Media
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
CIA Monitors YouTube For Intelligence  —  U.S. spies are looking increasingly online for intelligence and they've become major consumers of social media.  —  In keeping with its mandate to gather intelligence, the CIA is watching YouTube.  —  U.S. spies, now under the Director of National Intelligence …
Virtual Earth:
Microsoft Acquisition news  —  Following on December's announcement that the UK's Multimap is now part of Microsoft, I'm really excited to share the news that the Virtual Earth team has grown once again.  This time in the field of 3D modeling and animation.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo for a Billion?  A 100% Chance of Wrongness!  —  First, Google and News Corp. are not about to buy Bebo for $1 billion to $1.5 billion.  —  Second, Bebo-as has been reported and is easy to find out about by anyone who can pick up a phone and ask around like a reporter is supposed …
Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
The Top 5 Reasons Nokia Should Bid On Yahoo  —  The entire tech universe is obsessed with Microsoft's attempt to take over Yahoo.  The market has been waiting for this move for the last year, so most of the “analysis” coming from bloggers and industry pundits is well-rehearsed and polished, but hardly thought-provoking.
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