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11:15 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 |
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Identity 2.0
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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 …
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: Between the Lines and Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   OpenID: Google, Yahoo, IBM and More Put Some Money Where There Mouths Are
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID Foundation - Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo
Discussion: FactoryCity
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! Join OpenID Foundation
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.
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?
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: Gizmodo and Kotaku
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 …
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 …
 
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