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12:40 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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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
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
GOOGLE'S LOCAL NEWS PLAY IS A WARNING TO ALL
Discussion: Lost Remote
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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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.
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.
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID Foundation - Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo
Discussion: FactoryCity
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   OpenID: Google, Yahoo, IBM and More Put Some Money Where Their Mouths Are
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Google, Microsoft, Verisign and IBM join OpenID
Discussion: The Real McCrea
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 …
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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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Sneaking behind IT's back
Fred / A VC:
Silicon Valley Arrogance  —  I opened an email this morning that started like this: … That's as far as I got.  I replied with incredulity and moved on.  —  I am the first to admit that Silicon Valley has the largest concentration of web entrepreneurs, web developers, and web financiers of anywhere in the world.
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
New phone morphs into multiple devices  —  While most phonemakers are trying to cram more and more features into one must-have device, newcomer Modu is taking a different approach.  The Israeli company is launching a tiny, lightweight cell phone (also called Modu, see left) …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Business Week
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Reuters:
Modu unveils flexible phone with ‘jacket’ range
Discussion: InfoWorld
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
So much for whitespace: AdCamo launches background ad network  —  Louis Dorman just launched AdCamo, a new advertising medium.  AdCamo spots run on the backgrounds and surrounding space on Web pages and software applications.  So instead of seeing all that lovely whitespace around …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AdCamo Offers Background Advertising: Hmmmm
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Kotaku
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: HipMojo.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
CIA Monitors YouTube For Intelligence  —  U.S. spies are looking increasingly online for intelligence and they've become major consumers of social media.  —  In keeping with its mandate to gather intelligence, the CIA is watching YouTube.  —  U.S. spies, now under the Director of National Intelligence …
Virtual Earth:
Microsoft Acquisition news  —  Following on December's announcement that the UK's Multimap is now part of Microsoft, I'm really excited to share the news that the Virtual Earth team has grown once again.  This time in the field of 3D modeling and animation.
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?
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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InfoWorld:
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Guitar Rising for Real Guitar Heroes
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Associated Press:
Facebook fraudster 'stole prince's ID'
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Here Comes Trouble: Telephone Number Tyranny
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Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
The Top 5 Reasons Nokia Should Bid On Yahoo
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