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6:40 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 …
Tolles /
Welcome to the Neighborhood, Google  —  Gulp.  —  Silicon Valley CEO nightmare right out of central casting, right?  In our case, Google launching a local news product that is targeted down to the ZIP code level, something we've had a lock on since 2004, and one of our clearest differentiators.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Properties Breakdown - by Pages  —  I wanted to follow up on a comment I received on my post last week with the Google Properties Breakdown.  Gonçalo asks a great question - whether the ranking changes much if we look at page views rather than visits as websites.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February  —  TUAW has received a tip that the company that does television for Apple's live events and Macworld is apparently hiring for an unannounced Apple event at the end of February.  Keep in mind that this is an unconfirmed rumor — while TUAW trusts our source …
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?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Says Copyright Filters Could Be Put In Anti-Virus Software  —  from the anyone-else-have-to-save-the- industry?  dept  —  It's been fairly amazing to watch the entertainment industry act as if every other industry is responsible for protecting its obsolete business model.
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel sued for Core 2 Duo patent infringement — by the University of Wisconsin  —  Although Intel's mighty proud of the Core 2 Duo, it looks like the chip wasn't all home-grown — a lawsuit filed today by the University of Wisconsin claims that the processor infringes on patented technology developed by one of its professors.
Discussion: Electronista, Ubergizmo and VoIP Blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Google tries to sneak “Team Edition” suite past IT help desk  —  February is turning out to be a busy month for Google's corporate IT initiatives.  Earlier this week, the search giant announced a new, corporate-focused, suite of security and spam-filtering software suites under the “Powered by Postini” moniker.
Discussion: Googling Google
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google releases team edition of popular apps
Alex / Neatorama:
The Evolution of Tech Companies' Logos  —  You've seen these tech logos everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they came to be?  Did you know that Apple's original logo was Isaac Newton under an apple tree?  Or that Nokia's original logo was a fish?  —  Let's take a look at the origin …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and TechCrunch
Apple Drops Out of NAB Show  —  Apple has announced that it will not have a booth at The NAB Show this year.  —  Rumor had been spreading on the Internet in recent days about Apple's presence at the show.  Speculation increased after Avid Technology, the company's main competitor at the NAB Show dropped out late last year.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls out of NAB 2008
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
Apple filing depicts Apple TV with iChat widget interface  —  A new and discrete patent filing on the part of Apple Inc. portrays previously undisclosed versions of the company's Apple TV set-top-box software and remote control that make extensive use of widgets to facilitate everything …
Discussion: TechCrunch, ParisLemon and Engadget
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 …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Mashable! and PC World
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Major labels ‘face DoJ antitrust probe’
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Facebook fraudster 'stole prince's ID'
Discussion: Wikinomics and TechCrunch
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
As the End of Analog TV Approaches, Converter Boxes Are Scarce
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2008
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple slashing hardware production due to fewer expected orders
Facebook links up with Vodafone on mobile platform