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10:10 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 …
Bill Washburn / The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open Identity Management on the Web  —  The OpenID Foundation today announced that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) have joined as its first corporate board members.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
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.
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 …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Future CloudBooks to Have Touch, SSD, 22-inch Screens?  —  Everex's first $399 ultraportable CloudBook is set to go on sale on February 15 at Walmart.com.  The low-cost laptop takes direct aim at Asus' Eee PC.  But will Everex's larger hard drive, better web-cam and a new improved Linux OS outshine the popular Eee PC?
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple cuts iPod, iPhone, and MacBook orders (again)  —  Shares of Apple Inc. slumped further south on Wednesday amid a weakening macroeconomic outlook and reports of additional production cuts affecting not only the company's handhelds, but also its red-hot notebook business.
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
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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