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8:40 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 …
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Tolles / blog.topix.com:
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.
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 …
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.
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Rumor: Plaxo Sold to Google for $200M?  —  We're hearing rumors that online contact management service Plaxo has accepted a sub-$200 million offer and that the purchasing company is most likely search engine Google.  —  Plaxo has been in the news recently, reportedly hiring a bank to shepherd a sale.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google to buy Plaxo — and a new pal — for $200 million?
Discussion: The Open Road
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 …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Major labels ‘face DoJ antitrust probe’  —  Unlaunched TotalMusic prompts price fixing concern  —  Two major labels have been served notice of a fresh antitrust investigation, a music business newsletter reports today.  MusicAlly's daily Bulletin suggests that the as-yet-unlaunched TotalMusic service …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Major Labels Under Antitrust Investigation
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
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google releases team edition of popular apps
Reuters:
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 …
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: Gizmodo, InsideMicrosoft and TechCrunch
Brian Smith / ComparisonEngines.com:
amazon becomes the largest shopping engine  —  Amazon sent a blast email out this morning announcing its Product Ads program.  —  I'll have lots of comments on this before the end of the week, but I at least wanted to spread the news.  With Amazon Product Ads, merchants can now list products …
Discussion: Redeye VC
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become …
AppleInsider:
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 …
TVTechnology.com:
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls out of NAB 2008
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Some won't have to wait until March for Vista SP1, after all  —  Surprise!  If you were among the 15,000 chosen testers who got the Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 Release Candidate (RC) 1 Refresh 2 test build in late January, you already have the final SP1 bits.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Vista SP1 RTM Question
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Spammers' bot cracks Microsoft's CAPTCHA  —  Bot beats Windows Live Mail's registration test 30% to 35% of the time, says Websense  —  Computerworld) Spammers are using a bot to sidestep barriers that Microsoft Corp. has erected to keep scammers from creating massive numbers of accounts …
Discussion: WinBeta
 
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Boy Burned By Sony PSP
Discussion: Electronista
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
SanDisk's 8GB Ultra II SDHC Doesn't Even Need a Reader
James Sherwood / The Register:
HTC Vista UMPC to hit the UK within weeks
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Your MySpace Web Browser Is Coming
Discussion: Mashable! and PC World
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / The Next Web:
Why being an Asian open source programmer isn't easy
Keith Lam / thedemos:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Buys Caligari To Pimp Up Virtual Earth
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast tweaks Terms of Service in wake of throttling uproar
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Remove Stains from a MacBook with Toothpaste
Discussion: Gizmodo
CNN:
Facebook fraudster 'stole prince's ID'
Discussion: Wikinomics and TechCrunch
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2008
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel sued for Core 2 Duo patent infringement — by the University of Wisconsin
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple slashing hardware production due to fewer expected orders
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches
 

 
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