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4:35 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 …
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 …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
OpenID Foundation scores top-shelf board members
Discussion: The Social Times
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
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ARM demoing Android prototype at Mobile World Congress?  —  According to Reuters, chipmaker ARM has plans to show off an Android-based “Google Phone” prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The news agency is citing a “source” for this information, and both Google and ARM declined to comment …
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?
Discussion: Digital Daily and Slashdot
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek Weblog:
Google Lets Enterprise Users Aim For The Cloud  —  Google updated the functionality of its Apps hosted productivity software to allow you to share documents with anyone who has the same e-mail domain.  It hopes to spread adoption of its Apps products virally, under the radar of corporate IT.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Google tries to sneak “Team Edition” suite past IT help desk
Discussion: Googling Google
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Between the Lines
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)
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 …
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
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.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’  —  Buying an iPhone isn't the same as buying a car or a toaster.  Your iPhone comes with a complicated list of rules about what you can and can't do with it.  You can't install unapproved third-party applications on it.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2008
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Cable's Dying, The FCC's Killing It
Discussion: GigaOM
Vista, Leopard, Linux to compete in hack contest
Discussion: Compiler and The Mac Observer
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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