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9:25 AM 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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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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Local News … [Thanks Jérôme Flipo!]  —  Google Local News by Philipp Lenssen |
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifehacker
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Is Google About to Buy Bebo For $1 Billion To $1.5 Billion?  Or Will it Be MySpace?  —  An unconfirmed rumor has surfaced that either Google or MySpace is about to announce a big $1 billion to $1.5 billion acquisition in the social space.  After checking around with multiple industry sources …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo For a Billion?  A 100 Percent 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 …
Official Google Docs Blog:
Stop sharing spreadsheets, start collecting information  —  Posted by: Andrew Bonventre, Spreadsheets engineer and Michelle Lee, Spreadsheets designer  —  Today we're asking you to do something new: stop sharing spreadsheets.  —  Well... only sometimes, and only in certain situations.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Apps aims to move companies to the cloud  —  Just like rogue employees in the 1990s forced instant messaging into corporations, the new Google Apps Team Edition being launched on Thursday offers a way for workers to slip a hosted apps service into the enterprise.
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Modu Cellphone Changes Function with Jackets  —  Modu's tiny cellphone could be inserted into multiple “jackets” to change its function.  Or better said, the Modu phone carries your data, giving your personality to whatever gadget you insert it into, GameBoy cartridge style.
MSFTextrememakeover:
Having Fun Yet?  —  I know I'm not.  And if you think the market is getting it wrong, consider that MSFT was previously expected to make $2.09 per share in FY09.  At a semi-reasonable 18X multiple, that would have generated a target price for the stock of around $37.62.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
A Guide to Billionaire Bloggers - And Some We'd Like to See  —  With the news today that billionaire investor Carl Icahn is getting ready to start blogging, we started to wonder what other billionaires blog.  Sadly (or perhaps not so sadly), not many of them blog.  Why should we care if a billionaire blogs?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Interrogations  —  During the two year investigation into The Pirate Bay, several people connected to the site were questioned.  The Swedish police allegedly used some of the harshest (Jack Bauer like) interrogation tactics to get them to talk, with surprising results.
Discussion: Digg
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Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Show Me the Money!  Dealipedia Wants to Unveil Secretive Business Deals  —  Michael Robertson, who made $115 million when he sold his startup MP3.com to Vivendi in 2001, wants every other entrepreneur to tell the world how much, or little, they pocketed during their business deals.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Whatever happened: DirecTV-Microsoft  —  It happens all the time.  —  Company X and Company Y get together and announce a broad partnership to do a whole bunch of things.  Executives smile, shake hands, and talk about all the great things they are going to do together.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Israeli upstarts follow money to Silicon Valley  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW—Israel is brimming with technology upstarts that want what Silicon Valley has—venture money, partnerships, and a bridge to the rest of the world.  —  On Wednesday, 15 Israeli companies showed off their technology to a group …
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
Time Warner Plans to Split Off AOL's Dial-Up Service  —  Time Warner, seeking to cut costs and streamline operations, plans to split off AOL's Internet access business from its Web site and online advertising business and cut 100 jobs at its corporate unit, its new chief executive, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, said Wednesday.
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GigaOM:
Is BT Fusion Dead in the Water?  —  Written by Ken Young, whose own blog is called The UK Mobile Report.  —  BT has stopped marketing its Fusion handsets to consumers and is now testing a service that uses the same technology but would allow BT broadband users to access the web …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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Dominic White / Telegraph:
BT stops marketing of Fusion
Discussion: The Register
 
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Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
The Top 5 Reasons Nokia Should Bid On Yahoo
Discussion: All Points Blog
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPhone upgraders forced into new 2-year contracts? [updated]
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple cuts iPod, iPhone, and MacBook orders (again)
Steven Johnson / Guardian:
Dawn of the digital natives
Discussion: HeyJude
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Spies' Battleground Turns Virtual
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco outlook an investor Chambers of horrors
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Elisabeth Lewin / Podcasting News:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Choose Your Own Conspiracy: Undersea Cable Edition
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Phil Windley about online reputation
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
LinkedIn Announces New Research Platform
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
COO discovered he'd been fired when phone disconnected
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Obama loses Silicon Valley to Clinton: Is anyone surprised?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
This Is Not Our Bubble  —  Back in early October I posted …
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