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3:50 PM ET, April 9, 2010

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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
It's Official: Google Now Counts Site Speed As A Ranking Factor  —  Google has kept a promise it made last year: Site speed is now a ranking factor in Google's algorithm, and is already in place for U.S. searchers.  But Google also cautions web site owners not to sacrifice relevance in the name …
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Using site speed in web search ranking  —  You may have heard that here at Google we're obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web.  As part of that effort, today we're including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed.  Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web requests.
Peter Elstrom / Bloomberg:
Adobe Highlights Risk of Flash's Exclusion From IPhone, IPad in Filing  —  Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of the Flash video software, highlighted the risks of exclusion from Apple Inc.'s iPad and iPhone for the first time in a corporate filing, indicating the ban could hurt sales.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Apple Changed Section 3.3.1  —  We're still in the early days of the transition from the PC era to the mobile era.  Right now, Apple is winning.  There are other winners right now too — RIM is still growing, and Android has grown a ton in the past year.
Manu Cornet / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peek  —  Labels are more flexible than folders because a given email can have several labels but can't be in several folders at the same time.  A highly requested feature for labels, though, comes from the world of folders: the ability to organize labels hierarchically.
Toshi Tajima / Google Mobile Blog:
Universal search features in Google Suggest for mobile  —  Last December on the Official Google Blog, we announced how universal search features in Google Suggest could show useful information while the user is composing a query from the Google home page.  Today, we are bringing …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple retooling WebKit for multicore chips  —  Google's Chrome browser draws heavily on the WebKit browser engine project led chiefly by Apple, but now WebKit is adopting one Chrome idea: separation between some computing processes.  —  Apple programmer Anders Carlsson announced the move …
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Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
Apple iAd: ‘Multiple Billion Dollar Business’ or ‘Minor to Negligible’ … Keep an eye on Apple and Google shares Friday, as the fight between the two tech giants just got hotter.  —  On Thursday, Apple unveiled its own advertising service to the next generation software for the software for the iPhone, iPad and other mobile gadgetry.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Adobe distances itself from JooJoo, cites lack of ‘direct relationship’  —  Well, this is just a huge surprise.  In response to our not entirely glowing review of the JooJoo, Adobe's PR team has gotten in touch to inform us that Fusion Garage “has no direct relationship with Adobe.”
Discussion: Daring Fireball, TeleRead and Crave
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Research's “Manual Deskterity” explores the synergy of pen & touch  —  Pen and touch computing have long-thought to be mutually exclusive methods of human-computer interaction, but as the Microsoft Research project “Manual Deskterity” shows, the two intuitively combined makes …
Kevinthau / Twitter Mobile Blog:
Official Twitter for BlackBerry App Now Available  —  There has never been a more exciting time in the mobile industry than right now.  The speed at which devices, applications, and networks are evolving is inspiring.  Thankfully, Twitter is perfectly suited to take advantage of all this goodness …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bay Partners falls apart, latest sign of crisis in venture industry  —  Bay Partners, one of Silicon Valley's oldest venture capital firms, is falling apart, highlighting the continued stress aging firms are experiencing as new realities hit the industry.  —  Three years ago, Bay Partners …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Posterous Upgrades Post Editor for Simple Multimedia Sharing  —  Until today, the Achilles heel of Posterous's super simple blogging service has been its less-than-stellar online post editor.  Today, however, the startup is ready to unveil its completely overhauled Post Editor 2.0.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Netflix Delays Universal and Fox New Releases, including Avatar  —  If you're hoping to rent a copy of “Avatar” through Netflix when the hit movie comes to DVD this month, keep waiting.  —  Netflix has signed deals with Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox that will delay the arrival of new releases by 28 days.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Who would benefit most by buying Palm?  —  Rumors are swirling that Lenovo is interested in Palm.  —  Sure, it's mostly the talk of Wall Street hedge fund folks, but it's sent Palm's stock up 20 percent, or 77 cents to close at $4.62 Wednesday.  Is Lenovo actually interested in acquiring Palm's sagging smartphone business?
Discussion: Digits
Luke Bornheimer / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple rejecting apps with “Pad” in title  —  Apple has started to reject apps with the word “Pad” in their title that do not explicitly use wording such as, “runs on,” “for,” “for use with,” and/or “compatible with.”  Jesse Waites, maker of ContactPad (iTunes link) sent us a shot of an email …
Agence France Presse:
Bing gains US search market share for 10th straight month  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Microsoft's new Internet search engine Bing increased its share of the US search market in March while market leader Google slipped a bit, online tracking firm comScore said Friday.
JR Raphael / PC World:
Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 No Threat to Android  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  For fans of Apple's iPhone, the unveiling of the new iPhone OS 4.0 is a big deal.  It's the first time, after all, iPhone users will be able to do basic things like multitasking, setting their own wallpapers, and placing folders on their home screens.
Global Times:
Facebook mulls entering China market  —  Facebook, the world's largest social networking service (SNS), has stepped up its efforts in entering the Chinese market and plans to enter the country this year, according to local media reports citing unnamed sources.  —  But the reports did not elaborate on details about the plan.
Discussion: IBD Click and Bloomberg
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Research In Motion Wants To Get Into Your Car With QNX Software Acquisition  —  RIM has made an acquisition today; the mobile device manufacturer has acquired QNX Software Systems from Harman International.  The deal is is expected integrate user experience in RIM's smartphones and QNX's in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems.
Brad Stone / Bits:
More Fuzzy E-Book Numbers, This Time From Apple  —  As if Amazon's fuzzy and incomplete numbers around the Kindle and e-book sales weren't frustrating enough, now Apple is getting into the game.  At the unveiling of the new iPhone operating system on Thursday, Steven P. Jobs …
Discussion: Kindle Nation Daily
Zachary Collins / Icodom:
Twitter to Launch a Major Redesign [SCREENSHOT]  —  Today, while reading through my tweets, I stumbled upon a screenshot of a new design for Twitter.  It doesn't show much, but it's from Doug Bowman who is the current Creative Director at Twitter.  —  This new design will show …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Buys Geographic Search Technology Company MetaCarta  —  Nokia this morning announced that it has acquired MetaCarta, a privately-owned geographic intelligence company, for an undisclosed sum.  Nokia says it will use MetaCarta's technology in the area of local search and other services.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone OS 4 Jailbroken within hours of release  —  We got word last night that the iPhone OS 4 had been jailbroken and this morning we have the video from MuscleNerd.  Jailbreakers are likely keeping their methods secret until this summer when the the 4.0 final hits the streets.
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Skype on iPhone OS 4: Incoming Calls, But Mysteriously 3G Lags
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Twitter's International Growth: Becoming the World's Water Cooler?
Discussion: Maximum PC, Softpedia News and GMSV
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Citizen Journalism Platform AllVoices Sets Up News Desks In 30 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Starts Linking Back To The Blogs That Drive It Traffic (GOOG)
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Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions
Mark Rollins / MobileWhack.com:
iPod nano class-action lawsuit settled, your $37.50 check is in the mail
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Engadget
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The Two Things Digg Has Left
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A New Look for Bing shopping
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iChatAgent process shows up in iPhone OS 4.0 — video conferencing coming?
 

 
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