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5:40 PM ET, February 14, 2011


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Matt Cutts / The Official Google Blog:
New Chrome extension: block sites from Google's web search results  —  We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content.  One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Crowdsources Content Farm Detection With A Chrome Extension
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Fortune
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Detail On Apple's iPhone Nano [Exclusive]  —  We have more detail on Apple's iPhone nano, which according to Sunday's Wall Street Journal is real and may be headed to market this year.  —  But what we have will blow your mind.  —  This week, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
The iPhone nano to forgo local storage?  Common sense says ‘no’  —  Well, MWC is in full swing, where folks like LG, Samsung, Sony, and Nokia are pouring their souls out in front of us in device form.  So, naturally, the rumors are swirling about... the iPhone nano.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft to Add Multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 to Windows Phone Later this Year  —  Microsoft announced on Monday plans to fill in some of the key gaps from the initial Windows Phone 7 release with two updates due out this year.  —  The more interesting of the updates is the second one-a major release-is due later this year.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Video: Microsoft shows Kinect and Windows Phone, together
Discussion: Engadget, BetaNews and CrunchGear, Thanks:johnhcook
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
First Facebook SIM Card Released  —  Every GSM cell phone will soon have Facebook built right in, as Gemalto has created the first SIM card including functions related to the social network.  —  A spokesperson for the social network confirmed the development in via email:
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:   Gemalto brings Facebook on a SIM, turning ‘dumbphones’ into smartphones
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Optimus Pad first hands-on! (video)  —  We've just gotten back from playing around with LG's 8.9-inch, 3D-friendly Optimus Pad (known as the G-Slate in the US).  This Android Honeycomb tablets sports a dual-core CPU inside and a dual-camera array outside, giving you both the optical and processing capabilities to produce 3D video.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix Finally Arrives On the Boxee Box  —  Can you hear that?  That's the sound of relief coming from Boxee's offices in New York, as the startup is finally able to add a Netflix app to its Boxee Box today.  Owners of the device can access the app by manually initiating a firmware update …
Aza Raskin / Co.Design:
The Untold Story of How My Dad Helped Invent the First Mac  —  Jef Raskin, my father, (below) helped develop the Macintosh, and I was recently looking at some of his old documents and came across his February 16, 1981 memo detailing the genesis of the Macintosh.
Discussion: TUAW and Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bill Gross' UberMedia Raises $17.5 Million From Accel, Index and Steve Case  —  UberMedia, which just bought TweetDeck for $30 million in equity last week, has raised $17.5 million, in a round led by Accel Partners.  —  The valuation for the Pasadena, Calif. start-up founded …
Discussion: MediaMemo, SAI, paidContent, Pulse2 and @loic
Aron Kozak / The Qt Blog:
Update on Qt  —  Judging by the sheer volume of comments on Daniel's post on Saturday you are all feeling like we are.  Not the finest time in the history of Qt for sure, but also not the death of Qt that some of you are predicting either.  —  I was unable to continue to reply to all the comments …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and The Register
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple's 2011 supplier report: child workers, bribes, “involuntary labor”  —  Apple discovered underage workers, “involuntary labor,” worker endangerment, and bribery at some of its supplier facilities over the course of 2010, the company revealed in its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report.
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Kleiner Perkins Invests In Facebook At $52 Billion Valuation  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Facebook are together at last.  —  VentureWire reports today that Kleiner is taking a small stake in Facebook by buying as much as $38 million of stock from other shareholders at a valuation …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The new nightmare of developers and brands  —  It used to be simple.  You just needed a website.  Whatever you do on the web today, it's now a nightmare if you want to optimize your presence.  —  Platforms  —  You need to be on all popular platforms. iPhone of course …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm enables instant streaming of Netflix movies on Android  —  Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon mobile processors will enable future Android devices to be able to instantly stream TV shows and movies from Netflix.  —  Instant streaming is the hottest new way to get movies into the hands of users.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
HTML5 spec set for 2014 completion  —  It's been a work in progress for years, but there are a few more years to go yet before the next version of Hypertext Markup Language is finalized.  —  Specifically, the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group is set to announce today that it expects …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huge Vote Of Confidence: Uber Raises $11 million From Benchmark Capital  —  Uber, a young startup that let's people book a black car service on the fly via their mobile app, has closed an $11 million round valuing the company at $49 million pre-money valuation, $60 million post-money, we've confirmed from sources.
Discussion: Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Research In Motion Acquires Professional Contact Manager Gist  —  We heard the rumors that Research In Motion (RIM) was involved in serious talks to buy professional contact manager Gist, and today it's official.  RIM has bought Gist, we've confirmed with the company.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post  —  When The Huffington Post announced earlier this week that it was being acquired by AOL for $315 million in cash and stock, one group felt slighted: a set of unpaid bloggers for the site, identifying by the Twitter hashtag #huffpuff …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Invests $26 Million In CloudMade, Kaltura and Others  —  Intel Capital, Intel's investment arm, has announced six new investments totaling $26 million in a number of startups developing technology for mobile platforms.  The startups intel invested in include open source mobile software company Borqs …
Michael Hickins / Digits:
Google Cloud Boosting YouTube Upload Speeds  —  YouTube is leaning heavily on parent company Google's huge cloud computing infrastructure of data centers and Web servers to reduce the amount of time it takes for users to see their videos published online, Digits has learned.
Ars Technica:
Call it “3G” or “4G,” America's wireless networks are still slow  —  If you've followed broadband discussions in Washington, DC, then you've heard that wireless is the future of communications.  The National Broadband Plan offers wireless as the competitive solution to the broadband duopoly dilemma …
Jinen Kamdar / Twitter Blog:
Translating Twitter into more languages  —  Today we're announcing a product that is a major step toward making Twitter more easily accessible by people around the world - the Twitter Translation Center.  The Translation Center allows us to crowdsource translations from our passionate users …
U.S. State Department starts Farsi Twitter feed  —  (CNN) — The U.S. State Department launched a new Farsi-language Twitter feed Sunday in a bid to connect with internet users in Iran.  —  “US State Dept recognizes historic role of social media among Iranians.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Slate
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Ethan Bauley / Data Central:
HP research shows mainstream media drive Twitter ‘trends’ to a surprising degree
Discussion: VentureBeat and Fast Company
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Operators Launch WAC, A Global Wholesale App Store
Discussion: PC World
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
Discussion: MacStories
Kevin Murphy / Domain Incite:
VeriSign scores big win in .com pricing lawsuit
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin Grabs $4 Million From Sequoia For Social Search
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Twitter: $10 billion Google acquisition talks “just a rumor”
 Earlier Items: 
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Intel unveils MeeGo tablet interface
Discussion: BlogsDNA
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Quora To Oddly-Named Users: Papers Please
Discussion: and GetQuik Blog
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia in talks with Verizon over CDMA possibility; is “considering everything”
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iOS developers making leap to the Mac, thanks to Mac App Store
Discussion: AppAdvice and MacStories
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
What future for the Macintosh?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Daring Fireball
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Adobe spells out Flash-y plans for Android