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7:55 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
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Buzz hopes to generate more buzz than BuzzTracker did
Business Wire:
New “Yahoo! Buzz” Enhances Internet's Leading Starting Point …
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
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
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Google's Submarine Cable Plans Get Official
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out  —  Adobe's AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser.  Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it's time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Come for brunch.  Bring billions.  —  For access to Silicon Valley camaraderie and capital, you can't beat the informal Founders spread.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Internet bubble of the late 1990s ended with a painful pop. When today's young entrepreneurs get together, the only bubbles they see are in their mimosas.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Manage Your Online Reputation  —  You've spent a lot of time building up your reputation and image both online and off, so it's important to make sure that someone isn't out there dragging it through the mud.  The latest tool for reputation management is Trackur …
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Tamar Weinberg / Lifehacker:   Manage Your Online Reputation
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
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
EU throws €5.5bn at embedded chips and nanotech  —  Anoints tech industry with fat wad of cash  —  The European Union is to pump billions of euros into a number of key technology projects to bolster Europe's nanotech and embedded systems industries over the next decade.
 
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Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Wow! All Gmail Users Are Given Two Separate Email Addresses
Dave McAllister / Open at Adobe:
Making SQLite work for all of us
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
PMP Today:
Best of MP4 Wholesalers: Neux Corp. Ltd, NXMP324
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
RIAA's ‘making available’ theory falls
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
A few words from Skype's incoming CEO
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer leaves ITV trailing
Discussion: paidContent
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Mainframe Is Seen Lifting Sales
 Earlier Items: 
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
A renewed wish for open document standards
Discussion: Between the Lines and TeleRead
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?
Discussion: innonate
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
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Bored? Lonely? Talk to other bored, lonely souls on Cafe Jaxtr
Discussion: TechCrunch
Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider