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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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
If You Bought Apple Stock Instead of Products  —  Let us pretend for a moment that the year is 1997 and you're in the market for a new laptop computer.  You want the top-of-the-line product at the time, so you opt for the newly released Apple Computer PowerBook G3 250 laptop.
Discussion: VatorNews, TUAW, CNET News, SAI and NBC Bay Area
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.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Why Nokia failed: ‘Wasted 2,000 man years’ on UIs that didn't work  —  For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost?  —  When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Nokia was abandoning its development of its own smartphone platforms and APIs, and betting the farm on somebody else's, many people asked why it was necessary.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and My Nokia Blog
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Why iPad 2 Won't Have Much Competition In 2011—Unless It's From Amazon  —  Forrester published a new report today making the call that the iPad challengers that have been announced so far—Android Honeycomb tablets from Motorola, Toshiba, and others, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad …
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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
iPad 2 release spells a bleak 2011 for other tablet makers
Discussion: Mobilized and SAI
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Charlie Miller wins Pwn2Own again with iPhone 4 exploit  —  VANCOUVER — Charlie Miller kept his Pwn2Own winning streak intact with another successful hack of an Apple product.  —  Miller (right), renowned for his work breaking into MacBook machines with Safari vulnerabilities and exploits …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Pwn2Own 2011: BlackBerry falls to WebKit browser attack
Discussion: eWeek and CrackBerry.com blogs
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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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Amid 900 Layoffs, Just How Are AOL's Media Brands Doing?
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple iPad 2 now available online in the US  —  A little ahead of the advertised official 1am PT launch time, Apple's iPad 2 has gone live today on the company's US store.  —  There are no surprises here of course - if you're after the wi-fi only model, it's $499 for the 16GB model …
Robin Schriebman / Gmail Blog:
Click to call phone numbers  —  With the ability to call phones built right into Gmail, you no longer have to get out your phone and retype a number anytime someone send you one in an email or chat message.  Starting today, you'll see that phone numbers appear as links, like this:
Discussion: Examiner and Techie Buzz
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google contradicts own counsel in face of antitrust probe  —  Admits existence of search algorithm whitelists  —  Google has admitted that it uses whitelists to manually override its search algorithms, more than a year after its European corporate counsel denied the existence of whitelists …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Amazon Ditches Illinois Affiliates (Including Roger Ebert) To Avoid Web Tax  —  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that will require Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and other internet retailers that use “affiliates” in the state to start paying the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Lending Takes Off  —  New Online Clubs That Let Readers Share Have Drawbacks but Worry Publishers  —  Electronic-book lending isn't just for friends anymore.  —  In the past few months, online clubs with such names as BookLending.com and Lendle.me have proliferated.
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Yahoo fixes their implementation of IMAP, finally  —  Back in January, I wrote about a Yahoo Mail issue that affected smartphones such as Windows Phone and the iPhone.  To quickly summarize, whenever a smartphone checked for new Yahoo mail, the server would transmit more information than needed.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Dell's Number Two In The PC Market Again, Thanks To The iPad  —  Having languished in third place behind Hewlett-Packard and Acer for some time, Dell finally scrambled its way back to the PC market's number two spot during the fourth quarter of 2010, a new survey by research firm iSuppli says.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.  —  Once or twice a week, I get a letter taking me to task for Slate's commenting policy.  The reader wants to tell me that I suck, but he doesn't want to log in to Slate's comment system using his credentials for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter.
Rip Empson / Nicke's shared items in Google Reader:
Social Analytics Platform BackType Raises a Cool Million in Funding  —  Today, San Francisco-based marketing intelligence company, BackType, announced that it has closed a seed funding round of just over $1 million, led by a group of Silicon Valley investors, including lead investor True Ventures …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Need Advice on What to Read?  Ask the Internet  —  Netflix uses a software algorithm to recommend movies and Zappos uses one to recommend shoes.  Now Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, is introducing an algorithm to recommend books.  —  Goodreads was started in 2006 for people who wanted to talk about books online.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:blogfisher
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New XML Standard for Super-Fast, Lightweight Applications Announced by W3C  —  From embedded sensors to high-frequency stock trading to everyday mobile web applications, the race is on for technologists to build the most efficient systems for quickly streaming large sets of data from one device to another.
Discussion: InfoWorld and W3C News, Thanks:marshallk
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYTimes: When We Do It, It's Journalism, When HuffPo Does It, It's ‘Piracy’  —  We regularly see established newspaper journalists look down on the world of sites that add value to news by assuming that aggregating, commenting on and providing context for news first reported by others is somehow a “lesser” product.
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Hackers unleash fake Google Android update  —  Symantec says the malware, which purports to be Google's latest security update for Android, sends SMS messages to a command-and-control server  —  Google's latest update for its Android mobile OS appears to already have been subverted by hackers …
Shraddha Nair / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Capital Plans to Invest 2 Billion Rupees in Indian Tech Companies  —  Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's largest chip-maker, plans to invest at least $45 million in India this year, matching its play last year.  —  The firm already has deals in the works …
Discussion: TechEye
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
In A Post-PC Era, Apple Wants To Be Your IT Department  —  A decade ago if a computer vendor didn't have a strong relationship with corporate information technology departments they didn't get anywhere.  No longer.  Smart phones don't need a link to a corporate network to appeal to office workers.
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
Adobe's Flash-to-HTML5 translator: Smart but not pretty  —  Adobe's experimental Wallaby tool makes the case for a multiformat Web, but in a hands-on test, it leaves much to be desired  —  It's an exciting time for Web developers.  More than ever before, the tide is shifting away from proprietary …
 
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Himank Sharma / Reuters:
Online game company Zynga to double India staff this year
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Start-Ups Are in a Rush to Bring the Chat Room to the Smartphone
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Emily Banks / Mashable!:
YouTube To Expand Staff by 30%
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Nearly 18 Million Media Tablets Shipped in 2010 with Apple Capturing 83% Share; eReader Shipments …
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