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1:40 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 …
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:
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID: Google, Yahoo, IBM and More Put Some Money Where Their Mouths Are
Discussion: Silicon Florist
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   OpenID Foundation scores top-shelf board members
Parimal Satyal /
Google Releases Forms as Spreadsheets Input Method  —  Google today introduced a new feature as part of Google Docs that will make collecting data for your spreadsheets very easy.  Now, every time you want other users/team members/collaborators to contribute data to your spreadsheet, you can do so in a very simple way.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ARM demoing Android prototype at Mobile World Congress?  —  According to Reuters, chipmaker ARM has plans to show off an Android-based “Google Phone” prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The news agency is citing a “source” for this information, and both Google and ARM declined to comment …
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
Reuters:   ARM to show Google phone prototype next week: source
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple cuts iPod, iPhone, and MacBook orders (again)
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?
Elinor Mills / CNET
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Sneaking behind IT's back
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, Engadget, TechSpot News and Kotaku
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.
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: and One By One Media
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.
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 …
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 …
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