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3:20 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.
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
Google and Search Tweaks  —  Chatter blizzard!  There is a flurry of commentary about Google's change to cope with outfits that generate content to attract traffic, get a high Google ranking, and deliver information to users!  You can read the Google explanation in “Finding More High-Quality Sites …
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.
Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Verizon iPhone 4: Mind the gap, our tests show  —  The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.  —  The problem is similar to the one we confirmed …
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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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.
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 …
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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Facebook Site Governance / Facebook:
A Privacy Policy Re-imagined For Users Like You  —  At Facebook, we are constantly developing new experiences and features to help you control your information.  Some of our recent work includes simplified privacy settings and publisher privacy controls that let you select your audience every time you post something on Facebook.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Facebook
Michael Hickins / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Revenue Hit $760 Million Last Year  —  Daily deals website Groupon Inc. saw its revenue surge to $760 million last year from $33 million the previous year, with more than a third of its 2010 sales coming from outside the U.S., according to an internal memo.
Discussion: Digits, paidContent and SAI
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals “Places” - A Social Networking Related Trademark  —  On February 24, 2011, The European Trademarks and Designs Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the word “Places” under application 009760141.  Apple has filed their trademark under four distinct International …
Discussion: mocoNews, Know Your Mobile and MacNN
Fred / A VC:
Marketing  —  You asked for it Arnold and 84 others (so far).  So I'm gonna talk about marketing.  —  I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service sucks or when you make so much profit on every marginal customer that it would be crazy to not spend a bit …
Discussion: SAI and Seattle 2.0
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.
Neil Hunt / The Official Netflix Blog:
30% of Netflix Streaming Content Has Subtitles; 80% By End of 2011  —  This is Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer for Netflix, with an update on subtitles on content available to watch instantly from Netflix.  In the US, more than 3,500 TV episodes and movies have subtitles available, representing about 30% of viewing.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acq-Hires Career Recruiting Service Pursuit  —  It looks like recruiting service Pursuit has been gobbled up by Facebook, the latest in a string of acqui-hires, judging by the brief message on their homepage: … The San Francisco based Pursuit was just three extremely over-educated guys …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
Roger Browne / Google Blogoscoped:
Google drops reverse phone number lookup  —  One of the earliest specialist services provided by Google was reverse phone number lookup.  If you used the “phonebook:” or “rphonebook:” operators together with a 10-digit US phone number, Google would show you the owner of that phone number, unless the number was unlisted.
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Brad Mauney / The LinkedIn Blog:
Discover the new LinkedIn Company Search  —  Your professional network isn't just about the people you know, it's also about the companies in your network and how you're connected to them.  —  Today, we're very pleased to launch a new Company Search on LinkedIn.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype To Go Brings Internet Calling to Landlines  —  Today Skype is touting the relaunch of its “Skype to Go” service as a new way to make international calls from any phone - even landlines.  The service itself has been around for years, but today's launch brings new features, specifically direct dial numbers for your Skype contacts.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map  —  When you post a photo online — especially from a phone with a built-in camera — you're likely sharing more than the picture itself.  The same is true for updates you post on Twitter.  Location data is commonly included …
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 …
 
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Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
REPORT: Facebook Profiles Are Now Part Of 80% Colleges' Admissions Outreach
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Accessible in Beijing After ‘Jasmine’ Disruption
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TinyCo Raises $18 Million From Andreessen Horowitz For Mobile Gaming
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Consumer group wants to tax Netflix to pay for rural broadband
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter, SF Mayor Ed Lee ‘very close’ on deal
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and bizjournals
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
YouTube Has No European Movie Rental Plans
Darlene Storm / Computerworld:
Google face search to use social network photos
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Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
When the Internet Nearly Fractured, And How It Could Happen Again
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
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Feature: All this has happened before: NVIDIA 3.0, ARM, and the fate of x86
Discussion: The Tech Report and VizWorld.com
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
On hiring spree, Google expands in Seattle and Kirkland
Discussion: Seattle 2.0 and The Microsoft Blog
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet the 13 Companies that Came Out on Top at Launch
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