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10:25 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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Electronista:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro  —  Apple today announced long-awaited upgrades for both its MacBook and MacBook Pro portables, adding Intel's 45 nanometer Penryn architecture for its Core 2 Duo processors.  All systems now include the larger Level 2 cache, SSE4 media instructions, and reduced power consumption of the new chips.
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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
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.
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Lance Ulanoff / Fox News:
Facebook's Death Spiral Has Begun  —  Facebook's long, slow, and, for some, sad decline into oblivion has begun.  —  A recent report from The New York Times stated that the company is going to try to make it easier for members to get off the service.  This is a clear indication that the social network's days in the sun are numbered.
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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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
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: Electronista and Gizmodo
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Goldmund's $17,000 Blu-ray player
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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 …
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
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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CNET News.com:
How Pakistan knocked YouTube offline (and how to make sure it never happens again)
Discussion: New York Times
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: The Register
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Bad flavor: ICANN, Network Solutions sued for domain tasting  —  A class action lawsuit has been launched against domain registrar Network Solutions and ICANN over the controversial practice of domain tasting.  The suit was initiated on behalf of Chris McElroy, a search engine optimization specialist who goes by the handle NameCritic.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
 
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RIAA File-Sharing Complaint Fails to Support Default Judgment
Discussion: InfoWorld and Ars Technica
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lawyers For ‘Imposter’ P2P Software Threaten Open-Source Team
Discussion: Digg
Dave McAllister / Open at Adobe:
Making SQLite work for all of us
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
RIAA's ‘making available’ theory falls
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A few words from Skype's incoming CEO
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
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
A renewed wish for open document standards
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Sony Announces an Ungodly Number of Audio Accessories
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Middle players feel the squeeze
Discussion: Business Week
Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Looks Beyond TV, and Hits Roadblocks
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Come for brunch. Bring billions.
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