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Google News goes local

Google News is working hard to either kill your local newspaper or make you read it more often. While Google News has typically gathered the top stories from news sources across the web and presented the top world and national stories, you can now get local pages for pretty much any major city. All you have to do is visit the Google News homepage, scroll down the page a bit until you see a box...

Microsoft to buy Parlano for seamless communication experiences

The team in Redmond Washington has just announced that they will be acquiring Chicago based Parlano, developers of a cross functional group communication technology, that goes beyond your typical IM and email toolsets. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but Microsoft is planning to integrate Parlano's technology in order to give its office programs a broader vision. For example,...

Mini-eBays finding a niche

Remember when Yahoo Auctions folded up shop? Like many, we here at Download Squad were more than a little disappointed, but we absolutely understood that eBay had become a juggernaut, and competing with the world's biggest auction site was a losing proposition for Yahoo. Even uBid, arguably the second-most-significant auction site, can't touch eBay in terms of volume. Naturally, we were surprised...

Shoot an Iraqi artist (with paintballs) over the web

For the next six weeks, Wafaa Bilal will live in a small room in the back of Chicago's Flatfile Galleries. You can logon to watch him any time of day, seven days a week. While Big Brother and Justin.tv have taught us that this alone might provide a few moments of diversion from the office cubicle, Bilal's stepped things up a notch. Not only can you chat with him or communicate via a webcam. You...

37signals wants to interview Basecamp users in Chicago and NYC

If you're a Basecamp user living in the Chicago or NYC areas, and if you have an interesting story to tell about the way you and your organization use Basecamp, then 37signals wants to talk to you. They're looking to shoot a series of interviews which will be promoted on the 37signals site, discussing how exactly you use Backpack. Who exactly are they looking for? Well: "We're looking for...