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9:20 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.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
An easy way to add new features to Google  —  Have you ever wanted to add a new feature to Google's search results?  There's a really nice way to do it right now.  If you're not familiar with this functionality, it's called a Subscribed Link, and it lets you “create custom search results …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo To Announce “Search Monkey” Enhanced, Annotated Results At SMX West
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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 …
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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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo Buzz: A Lot Like Digg
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Apple:
Apple Introduces New MacBook and MacBook Pro Models  —  Multi-Touch Trackpad Comes to MacBook Pro  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models.
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Electronista:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro
Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget
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
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
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Buys A Piece Of TransPacific Cable
Discussion: eWeek
Augustine Anthony / Reuters:
YouTube outage might have been caused by Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Internet service providers may have inadvertently blocked the popular YouTube Web site across the world at the weekend when they restricted local access to the site, a telecommunications official said.
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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
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — European Union regulators may fine Microsoft Corp. for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust order to charge “reasonable” fees for patent licenses on operating system software, three people familiar with the matter said.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   EU throws €5.5bn at embedded chips and nanotech
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
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Wow!  All Gmail Users Are Given Two Separate Email Addresses  —  You probably know how to create multiple email aliases in Gmail by adding the plus symbol and dots to your Gmail username but there's something more interesting.  —  When you create a Gmail account, you actually get two email addresses …
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.
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
 
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Lance Ulanoff / Fox News:
Facebook's Death Spiral Has Begun
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Dave McAllister / Open at Adobe:
Making SQLite work for all of us
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
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RIAA's ‘making available’ theory falls
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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer leaves ITV trailing
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Mainframe Is Seen Lifting Sales
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BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Sony Announces an Ungodly Number of Audio Accessories
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Looks Beyond TV, and Hits Roadblocks
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
New Sony Blu-ray players: Better than PS3?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Come for brunch. Bring billions.
Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider
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