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8:30 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform  —  Yahoo will soon be allowing third parties to enhance the Yahoo Search experience.  The new platform, codenamed “SearchMonkey” and officially called Open Search Platform, will consist of a set of APIs that allow third parties to modify search results …
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
An Open Approach to Search  —  If you didn't realize it, Yahoo! is embracing openness like never before:  — Hadoop Now at the Heart of Every Yahoo! Search  — Yahoo!'s Quest to Open Up  —  The open theme continues today as we are announcing that we are opening up Yahoo! Search itself.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo To Announce “Search Monkey” Enhanced, Annotated Results At SMX West  —  Today, at the inaugural Search Marketing Expo West conference, Yahoo plans to unveil a project code-named “Search Monkey,” a set of open-source tools that allow users and publishers to annotate and enhance search results associated with specific web sites.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   An easy way to add new features to Google
Google Talkabout:
Google Talk chatback  —  Do you have a blog, online profile, or some other personal web page?  Would you like to communicate more with your visitors?  Today we're launching a new Google Talk feature that lets visitors to your web site chat with you.  We call it “chatback” …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Chat With Your Site's Visitors Using Google Talk  —  Google Talk's gadget was a nice addition, but you couldn't use it to chat with unknown people or with the visitors of the site, like in Meebo Me.  Now you can do that using the new chatback badges.  You only need to add some code to your site …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Add Google Talk Badge To Your Blog and Chat with Readers Live
Discussion: Googlified
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage  —  Yahoo launches the much anticipated Yahoo Buzz tonight - a Digg-like site that takes stories from pre-approved news publishers (100 to start) and let's users vote on stories and push them up to the top of the page.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Buzz hopes to generate more buzz than BuzzTracker did
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:   Yahoo Buzz: A Lot Like Digg
Business Wire:
New “Yahoo! Buzz” Enhances Internet's Leading Starting Point …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly  —  FriendFeed is like Facebook's news feed.  But it's more of a dynamic conversation among close friends about what they're up to all over the web — and not so much a social network.
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed is officially launching
Discussion: louisgray.com
Google:
Global Consortium to Construct New Cable System Linking US and Japan to Meet Increasing Bandwidth Demands  —  Construction underway to build 10,000 km linear cable system with a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbps to enhance Trans-Pacific connectivity  —  A consortium of six international companies announced …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Buys A Piece Of TransPacific Cable
Discussion: eWeek
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Digg's inaugural town hall: Too much navel-gazing  —  On Monday night, social-news site Digg took a new approach to its famously clamorous users: CEO Jay Adelson and founder Kevin Rose sat down in front of a Ustream-connected camera with their MacBook Pros and a couple of beers and answered questions that had been submitted by Diggers.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Digg's Jay Adelson: No Damn Comment on Acquisition Rumors
Jeff Bakalar / CNET News.com:
Sony PX-LX300USB lets you breathe new life into your old vinyl records  —  Got a stack of old records that you would like to get onto your iPod?  Sony's PS-LX300USB may be just what you need.  The turntable can be connected to any standard Windows PC via a USB cable, where your 33 1/3rpm albums …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from delaying the downloads and uploads of heavy Internet users.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Introduce a Notably Improved Mainframe  —  The mainframe, the aged yet surprisingly resilient survivor of computing, is getting a face-lift.  A model called the I.B.M. z10, which is being introduced Tuesday, is far faster and has three times the data-juggling memory of its three-year-old predecessor, the z9.
Discussion: eWeek
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
New Sony Blu-ray players: Better than PS3?  —  Sony has announced two new Blu-ray players scheduled to be released in the second half of the year: the entry-level BDP-S350 and the step-up BDP-S550.  We haven't been the biggest fans of Sony's recent standalone Blu-ray players …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.  —  We spend a lot of time on Crave complaining about all the cool gear that gets released in Japan but never makes it to the U.S. Sometimes, however, we see things from Japan that are so out there, we suspect the Japanese kept quiet out of sheer mercy, preventing our fat American heads from exploding.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
RIAA's ‘making available’ theory falls  —  Default judgment is denied  —  THE MUSIC MAFIAA was handed its head on a plate by a US federal judge, when New Haven, Connecticut, US District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton denied the RIAA's request for a default judgement in Atlantic v. Brennan on February 13 …
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
A renewed wish for open document standards  —  The subject of open document standards grows in importance not only for the technically- minded, but for anyone who uses a computer to work on editable documents.  Across the board, standards are crucial.  They ensure that the devices and technology …
Discussion: Between the Lines and TeleRead
 
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
EU throws €5.5bn at embedded chips and nanotech
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