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August 10, 2012, 7:00 PM

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Amit Singhal / Inside Search:
An update to our search algorithms  —  We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results.  Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google to begin punishing pirate sites in search results  —  Google constantly tweaks how its search engine delivers results to people, but it's rolling out a major new change next week: it'll start generally downranking sites that receive a high volume of copyright infringement notices from copyright holders.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Photos of purported next-gen iPhone's thinner, higher capacity battery: 3.8V, 1440 mAh  —  As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, lots of parts have been leaking out and we've been able to put the pieces together almost like a reverse iFixit teardown.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Alleged Photos of Apple's New Dock Connector  —  French site Nowherelse.fr is continuing its string of parts leaks surrounding the next iPhone, sharing photos [Google translation] of what it has been told is the dock connector for the cable to be paired with the next-generation iPhone.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
How Google's stealth support is buoying Samsung in Apple fight  —  The company has been quietly providing support to several Android partners, CNET has learned.  —  Google may have kept a low profile amid the legal clashing between Samsung Electronics and Apple, but the company hasn't abandoned its Android partners.
More: iDownloadBlog.com, BGR and SlashGearTweets: @jdolcourt
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft now using ‘Modern UI Style’ to refer to Windows 8 ‘Metro Style’ apps  —  Microsoft may have nixed its “Metro” branding for the new tile-based design in Windows 8 and Windows Phone, but the company appears to be split over its replacement naming.  Earlier this week it was reported …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Attack of the acqui-hires  —  Why tech companies buy the cow, even though they can get the milk for free.  —  FORTUNE — I'm a sucker for VC exits.  Even when I don't know the purchase and sale prices, there is something instinctively positive about a portfolio company being acquired by Google or Facebook or LinkedIn.
TechCrunch:
Another Big Social Marketing Exit: Gannett Will Buy BLiNQ Media For Up To $92M  —  On the heels of Google buying Wildfire and Salesforce nabbing Buddy Media, we have heard from two very reliable sources, plus a third anonymous source, that Gannett Co., the media giant that owns USA Today and other properties, is buying BLiNQ Media.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
DowninthedumpsVille: Morale Sinking at Zynga Along With Stock Drop  —  Will more Zynga employees be on their way out the door, as the company continues to struggle after going public only eight months ago?  —  Yes, indeed, if morale at the San Francisco-based social games company continues to sink as quickly as its stock has been.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Odgaard: “I will continue working on TextMate as long as I am a Mac user”  —  Odgaard ostensibly instructs his niece on the finer points of software freedom on a recent holiday.  —  Lead TextMate developer Allan Odgaard's decision yesterday to open source the code for the long-awaited version 2.0 was met with a lot of criticism.
More: The Verge
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Mayer Eyeing Twitter's Stanton for Big Media Role  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been trying to recruit Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter's head of international markets, to take a major job on the media side of the Silicon Valley Internet giant, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

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