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1:05 PM ET, February 13, 2011

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David Segal / New York Times:
Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets  —  PRETEND for a moment that you are Google's search engine.  —  Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter.  What will be the very first result?  —  There are, of course, a lot of possibilities.  Macy's comes to mind.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
New York Times Exposes J.C. Penney Link Scheme That Causes Plummeting Rankings in Google  —  Today, the New York Times published an article about a search engine optimization investigation of J.C. Penney.  Perplexed by how well jcpenney.com did in unpaid (organic) search results …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Search Still Sucks  —  A decade ago I tried Google for the first time.  Like everyone said, it was magic - the result I wanted was right there at the top.  For someone who'd been using AltaVista for years before that it was a very pleasant experience.  Anyone who was on the Internet …
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Search and spoiled bloggers  —  I just read a post by Michael Arrington about “search” sucking.  You can read the post yourself by clicking here, even though it's a waste of your time - but hey, it's a Sunday, so you're fine.  Mike argues search sucks and also that Google is starting to flail …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom up for pre-order at Best Buy this Thursday... for $1,199?  —  What the what?!  Best Buy has just put up word on when you can pre-order the Motorola Xoom — this coming Thursday, February 17th — and a price, $1,199.  There are “great” financing offers available, but we can't get over this price we're seeing.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Works on Line of Less-Expensive iPhones  —  Apple Inc. is working on a new line of iPhones and a software overhaul that would make it easier for customers to access entertainment and personal photos and videos, according to people familiar with the matter.
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
More images and details of Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1″  —  After the inadvertent leak yesterday, Samsung has officially confirmed Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1″.  While all the specs from yesterday remain the same like 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch (4.27-inch) …
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Scoble Discovers Developers are Schizo About New Platforms  —  I just listened to Scoble's bar interview of @longview (Nick Long) and @renatto (Paul Robinett), two Dreamworks developers who are building a mobile app of their own.  They're talking about the Mobile World, and there are some great sound bites coming from the interview.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of the (Nokia) Raj
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Intel promises, teases MeeGo smartphone and tablet for MWC  —  Lookie here.  Intel may have been the jilted bride left at the altar by Nokia, but it's not giving up on MeeGo just yet.  The above poster has been hung up here in Barcelona, in the area us humble journalists still aren't in allowed yet …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Intel kept in the dark over Nokia's MeeGo plans; operators reject first device
Chris Barth / Invested Interest:
Anonymous Claims Possession Of Insidious Stuxnet Virus  —  Houston, we have a problem.  Or should I say, “Iran, we have your problem?”  Last night, a member of hacker group Anonymous - a devious 4chan-spawned Internet coalition known for increasingly serious web-based attacks …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
First Tunisia, Now Egypt, What's Next?  Wael Ghonim Says “Ask Facebook”
Discussion: The Big Picture and AOL News
Arn / MacRumors:
March 1st as Possible Date for New MacBook Pros?  —  As we approach the expected updates for the MacBook Pro line, we tend to start hearing about possible release dates.  There are typically some false starts, so it's hard to be sure, but the first contender for this round appears to be March 1st.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Apple Bitch
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act  —  Many foreign-born techies in the U.S. and abroad are pinning their entrepreneurial hopes on the passage of a bill, sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to create a startup visa.  Tech-industry notables such as Paul Graham …
 
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
StumbleUpon Hits 500 Million Pageviews A Month
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Fisher Price releases iCan Play Case and Kid-Tough See Yourself …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Geohot freestyles a message to Sony
Discussion: RazorianFly
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Ventures Sows Seed Funding With New Start-Up Lab (Video Tour)
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Verizon iPhone 4 Launch: Why the Lack of iLines?
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Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
AAPL: iPad Leading In IT ‘Consumerization,’ Says Barclays
Discussion: MacStories, AppleInsider and MacNN
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Pandora's Music Fees Are Huge! And Not That Bad.