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10:15 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 |
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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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! Join OpenID Foundation  —  The OpenID Foundation is announcing that today Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! are joining the Foundation as the first corporate board members.  This is a great step forward in the adoption of OpenID across the Web.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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 …
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?
Associated Press:
Facebook fraudster 'stole prince's ID'  —  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities arrested a state-employed engineer on Wednesday for allegedly stealing the identity of King Mohammed VI's younger brother on the Internet site Facebook, the official news agency said.
Discussion: Techdirt and Switched
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.
 
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