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The Official Google Blog:
Hide sites to find more of what you want  —  Over the years we've experimented with a number of ways to help you personalize the results you find on Google, from SearchWiki to stars in search to location settings.  Now there's yet another way to find more of what you want on Google by blocking the sites you don't want to see.
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Now Lets You Block Sites You Don't Like Directly from Your Search Results
Discussion: Epicenter
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect  —  Just as most of its competitors are rolling out their first multitouch tablets to compete with its game-changing iPad, Apple on Friday will start selling a second-generation model, the iPad 2.  —  The new iPad 2 is about a third thinner and over 10% lighter …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad 2  —  I've been coming up empty trying to think of a hook for this review of the iPad 2 — an angle, a narrative structure, a theme to put it in perspective and make it more than a list of benchmarks and disparate observations.  Then I realized I already wrote it, a year ago, in this back-page column for Macworld:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPad 2 review  —  To say Apple's iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement.  The device, a follow up to last year's wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well.
Liz Reaves Walker / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Today  —  Staying on top of industry news is something we think matters for any professional whose success depends on being well informed.  With all the news websites, blogs, tweets and newsletters out there, staying in-the-know can be time consuming and it's increasingly hard …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Today: A Social News Product For Professionals  —  Professional social network LinkedIn is holding a press event today to talk about the company's new product strategy.  We're liveblogging the announcement.  As we heard from Mrinal Desai, LinkedIn is expected to announce a new social news feature today.
Oliver Hsiang / StumbleUpon Blog:
Stay in the Know with LinkedIn and StumbleUpon
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Veteran Journos Out as AOL/HuffPo Cuts 900 Jobs  —  It's a bloodbath.  —  AOL, the beleaguered internet company, is cutting as many as 900 jobs, CEO Tim Armstrong announced Thursday, including as many as 200 editorial staffers in the United States.  The layoffs, which were expected …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
THE GORY DETAILS: Tim Armstrong's Layoffs Memo  —  UPDATE: We've been covering AOL's layoffs all morning long.  Below is a memo from CEO Tim Armstrong detailing what's happening.  —  Other stories we've covered:  — AOL is planning a big re-org in its tech division, with HuffPo's people getting a bigger role.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Gives Over 200 U.S. Employees Pink Slips
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founder, Others Invest $42 Million in Angry Birds  —  We'd heard Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds game franchise, was out in the market looking for cash, but never did we think that it would end up raising $42 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Atomico, the venture fund started by Skype's co-founders.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:   The Inside Story on the Angry Birds' Massive Funding Round
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Apple changes purchases policy to protect kids on iPad, iPhone games  —  Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges.
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action  —  Computer company leases downtown space during festival, release of iPad 2  —  Apple Inc. will open a temporary store Friday in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook hits FCC in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors  —  No surprises here, just the straight-up news that RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is one small step closer to retail: it's gotten FCC clearance.  Well, at least the WiFi-only version has — no sign of the WiMAX-capable version for Sprint yet …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Availability Tomorrow: 1:00 AM Pacific Online, 5:00 PM Local In-Store  —  Apple today officially announced its iPad 2 U.S. launch plans for tomorrow, including revealing for the first time that online sales will begin at 1:00 AM Pacific Time / 4:00 AM Eastern Time.
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IDC:
Nearly 18 Million Media Tablets Shipped in 2010 with Apple Capturing 83% Share; eReader Shipments Quadrupled to More Than 12 Million, According to IDC  —  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, 10.1 million media tablets …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Paul Graham: There's No Tech Bubble, Steve Jobs Is A Dictator  —  Y Combinator's Paul Graham just gave a pretty good interview on Bloomberg TV about startups and the tech industry.  —  Graham, on top of being really smart, is also the most likable guy in Silicon Valley and very witty, so it's always worth watching him.
Discussion: ZDNet
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
The Billionaire Who Friended the Web  —  Tech's titans used to wonder about Yuri Milner.  Now he's the guy everyone wants to copy.  —  It's 8 p.m. on a winter's night in Moscow.  Yuri Milner steps into an elevator for the quick, quiet ride to his penthouse apartment.
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Forbes rich list: Facebook six stake their claims
Discussion: Forbes and Reuters
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon.com Slammed With Lawsuit Over Instant Search Patent  —  When you go to Amazon.com and start typing in the top search box, you will automatically see a number of search suggestions for items on sale before you finish typing your query.  The company also offers such enhanced search …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former AOLers Steve Case and Ted Leonsis Raising $400 Million Growth Equity Fund  —  Steve Case and Ted Leonsis are bringing their old AOL band back together once again, this time by raising a $400 million growth equity fund.  —  The pair, the legendary top execs who rocketed AOL …
Discussion: SAI
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
New Facebook Pages Layout Becomes Mandatory  —  The opt-in phase has ended — Facebook is beginning to roll out the new pages layout across the site today.  —  Facebook first announced the new layout one month ago, effectively synchronizing the design of pages and profiles.
Discussion: @facebook
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Topsy raises another $15M for real-time search  —  Some of the excitement around real-time search seems to have died down recently — I'm no longer seeing hordes of startups embracing the term, and some of the most prominent companies that were active in the space have refocused.
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Why Everyone Is Talking About Node  —  On the 20th floor of a San Francisco skyscraper, a handful of developers are working on a new technology that's changing the way real-time web apps are built and how they scale.  This technology, called Node.js, is being hailed as “the new Ruby on Rails” by some in the developer community.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged  —  Fully patched versions of Safari and Internet Explorer 8 were both successfully hacked today at pwn2own, the annual hacking competition held as part of the CanSecWest security conference.  If a researcher can pwn the browser—that is …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
4chan's Chaos Theory  —  Founded in 2003 by 15-year-old Christopher Poole, 4chan, the online hangout for millions of young people, unwittingly spawned the group Anonymous, which sprang to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last December, attacking and taking down MasterCard's and Visa's Web sites.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AdMob Founder Partners With Sequoia Capital On Next Venture: Churn Labs
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
FCC: Chairman Julius Genachowski Has No Plans to Leave
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand, iMovie for iPad
Discussion: Engadget, App Advice and The Next Web
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Democrats ask Facebook founder Zuckerberg to keep lock on user info
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SCVNGR Launches LevelUp to Compete With Groupon
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Chinese Chip Makers May Need 20 Years to Catch Intel
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Ex-Googlers penetrating Silicon Valley startup hierarchy
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