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12:30 PM ET, February 25, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
Finding more high-quality sites in search  —  Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible.  This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Forecloses On Content Farms With “Farmer” Algorithm Update  —  In January, Google promised that it would take action against content farms that were gaining top listings with “shallow” or “low-quality” content.  Now the company is delivering, announcing a change to its ranking algorithm designed take out such material.
Larry Fitzgibbon / Demand Media:
A Statement About Search Engine Algorithm Changes  —  How our content reaches the consumer - whether it's through direct visits, social media referrals, apps or search - has always been important to and monitored closely by us.  We also recognize that major search engines like Google have and will continue to make frequent changes.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sources: iPad 2 lands in thinner body with spec bump and cameras, SD slot and higher resolution display are out  —  The Apple rumors game can be a volatile thing.  Just as we'd heard about last minute alterations to the Apple TV before it hit the market, we've gotten word from sources …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Eleventh Hour  —  I like Josh Topolsky, and I like Engadget, but this is a bit much: … Eleventh hour, my ass.  Nothing in these regards has changed in the iPad 2 since January.  Nothing.  There was never going to be a higher resolution display in the iPad 2.
ifixit:
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Teardown  —  We got our hands on Apple's newest MacBook Pro 15" on February 24, 2011.  This is Apple's first laptop to sport a quad-core processor, and also adds a brand-new I/O technology with a Thunderbolt port.
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google eyes UK launch of YouTube movie service  —  Google's YouTube is eager to launch an unlimited subscription service for movies similar to Netflix and Amazon and is considering starting it overseas to cut down on the competition, The Post has learned.  —  The search giant …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:   YouTube Has No European Movie Rental Plans
ifixit:
Motorola Xoom Teardown  —  The Motorola Xoom is the first android tablet powered by Google's newest OS, Android 3.0 “Honeycomb.”  Follow along as we peek inside this scrumptious (see what we did there...) device and devour all the delicious bits of information we can gather.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom rooted in two hours flat, sinister transforming exoskeleton jetpack returns in Verizon ad  —  What's the first thing you're going to do with your Motorola Xoom?  If you're Koush, the answer's clear — install your very own ClockworkMod recovery image and ROM Manager, and grant the latter superuser permissions.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MobileMe is officially online only  —  Expanding on the report from yesterday, a Genius (who uses Chrome interestingly) sent us this screenshot of the Apple Internal systems which shows that MobileMe is online-only now.  —  It also appears you can't currently pay for MobileMe online.
Financial Times:
Apple, Google and Spotify race to music market  —  The digital music market is set to be shaken up as soon as this summer as Apple, Google and Spotify race to deliver new services that labels warily hope may reverse a decade of declining revenues.  Each of the technology companies is taking …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly clarifies its cloud strategy to the music labels
Discussion: mocoNews
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry phones emerges  —  Mobile app developer ShopSavvy reports that its Android application has recently been tested on multiple BlackBerry devices.  BGR exclusively reported last month that RIM may be working on a solution that would allow Android apps …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services launches CloudFormation: Infrastructure recipes  —  Amazon Web Services on Friday detailed CloudFormation, an effort to make cobbling together cloud services as easy as baking a cake.  —  The big takeaway here is that Amazon Web Services wants this cloud computing thing to be ridiculously easy.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Post-Optical Disc Era Gets Off To A Rocky Start With The OS X Lion Beta  —  If there was any doubt in peoples' minds that Apple intends to kill off the optical disc, it was put to rest today.  This morning's unveiling of the OS X Lion Developer Preview came with the news …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
PayPal reinstates fund meant to help U.S. Army's Manning  —  IDG News Service - PayPal has lifted a temporary restriction placed on the account of Courage to Resist, a group raising funds to support the legal defense of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arrested for allegedly downloading …
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Anuj Nayar / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation
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Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
When the Internet Nearly Fractured, And How It Could Happen Again  —  When the entire country of Egypt was forced offline by its government last month, it served as a global wake-up call that the Internet is a more fragile medium than we imagine it to be.  What happened in Egypt …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Mobile Search Adds “Open Now” Filter  —  When you're on the move, there's often no sense finding local businesses that are closed.  That's the impetus behind a new feature that Google has added to the iPhone and Android-powered devices: a tool to filter results that are open now.
Darlene Storm / Computerworld:
Google face search to use social network photos  —  If you are out in public, you are fair game, but how would you like it if a stranger took your picture and then ran a search to find out your name, online aliases and all the information about you via that image?
Discussion: p2pnet
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
DOJ threatens to nix Google merger  —  The Justice Department has made it clear to Google that it's willing to go to court to block its acquisition of travel software-maker ITA - and Google has responded by stepping up negotiations to save the deal, a source familiar with the talks tells POLITICO.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Consumer group wants to tax Netflix to pay for rural broadband  —  Mark Cooper, director of research for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), says Netflix should have to pay into the Universal Service Fund.  —  “The Internet is not an infant industry anymore.
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter, SF Mayor Ed Lee ‘very close’ on deal  —  Twitter is “very close” to an agreement to stay, and grow - exponentially - in San Francisco, says Mayor Ed Lee.  But it's “not yet 100 percent.”  —  In an interview at his office Thursday, Lee said Twitter executives intimated last week …
Discussion: bizjournals
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
News Corp kicks off Myspace sale process  —  (Reuters) - News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday.  —  The media conglomerate has received early interest …
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Wall Street Journal:
Myspace Opens Books to Prospective Buyers
Discussion: SAI
 
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
SpamIt, Glavmed Pharmacy Networks Exposed
Discussion: Fast Company
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google Pulls VoiceMail App in Possible In-App Payment Move
Discussion: SAI and Fast Company
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Feature: All this has happened before: NVIDIA 3.0, ARM, and the fate of x86
Discussion: VizWorld.com
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
SF CIO Heads to White House as Deputy CTO for Innovation
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Hires Lobbyists To Bend Canadian Ears
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
On hiring spree, Google expands in Seattle and Kirkland
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How Microsoft, Mobile Tag, and AT&T are Killing Consumer QR Code Scanning In Utero
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Mac OS X Lion Building in Support for Super High Resolution ‘Retina’ Monitors
 

 
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