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5:40 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 …
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: Screenwerk and 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Google tries to sneak “Team Edition” suite past IT help desk  —  February is turning out to be a busy month for Google's corporate IT initiatives.  Earlier this week, the search giant announced a new, corporate-focused, suite of security and spam-filtering software suites under the “Powered by Postini” moniker.
Discussion: Googling Google
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google Apps Team Edition makes collaboration easier
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA answers our question, changes policy after blog comments  —  When the TSA launched its Evolution of Security blog last month in an effort to engage in open communication with travelers, my colleague Jon Stokes expressed skepticism and characterized as laughable the prospect of TSA acting on feedback from the public.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Major Labels Under Antitrust Investigation  —  Apparently the Justice Department is suddenly worried that the four major record labels are colluding in creating a new online music subscription service.  The last time this happened was back when the record labels tried to (wait, this sounds familiar) …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Major labels ‘face DoJ antitrust probe’
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?
Apple filing depicts Apple TV with iChat widget interface  —  A new and discrete patent filing on the part of Apple Inc. portrays previously undisclosed versions of the company's Apple TV set-top-box software and remote control that make extensive use of widgets to facilitate everything …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Engadget
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.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Remove Stains from a Macbook with Toothpaste  —  Lifehacker reader Joshua accidentally stained his white Macbook with a gel pen and, having just replaced his case, was not eager to see it discolored again.  So he reached for that ultra-handy cleaner, toothpaste (Arm & Hammer Dental Care Advance Cleaning …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February
Discussion: Cult of Mac and PalmAddicts
Viacom to buy Take Two for $1.5 billion?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast tweaks Terms of Service in wake of throttling uproar
Facebook fraudster 'stole prince's ID'
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wikinomics
PR Newswire:
EarthLink Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2008
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Cable's Dying, The FCC's Killing It
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
BBC iPlayer to hit Macs in 2008
Discussion: MacUser and Insanely Great Mac
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
eBay's new feedback policy: no real feedback
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
An Industry Imperiled by Falling Profits and Shrinking Ads
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Google's unstoppable  —  Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo …
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Microsoft Acquisition news
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
CIA Monitors YouTube For Intelligence
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