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8:15 AM 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Doug Unplugged and @mattcutts
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) …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab II confirmed for MWC, 4-inch 3D display, LTE-based cloud gaming coming later  —  Alright, we've just laid eyes on some internal Samsung documents and can bring you the official names and specs of the successors to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab.
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung Galaxy S2 official image and info leaked
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  —  A long time ago, when World War II ended, two things happened.  Two brand-new superpowers emerged, the United States of America and the U.S.S.R., and the world very soon organized itself into two camps.  As this power shift happened, Great Britain lost its preeminence as a world superpower.
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Robert Scoble / @scobleizer:   As much as @google is proud of @Ghonim for starting the Egypt revolution it sure must chafe that he used Facebook and not Google Buzz.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
First Tunisia, Now Egypt, What's Next?  Wael Ghonim Says “Ask Facebook”
Discussion: The Big Picture and AOL News
Search Engine Land:
How To Use Google To Search  —  Google is the most popular search engine in the world.  But while so many people use it, few actually get formal instructions on how to search with Google.  Below, tips on how to search on Google.  Step 1: Go To Google (But Which Google?)
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: SAI
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Intel kept in the dark over Nokia's MeeGo plans; operators reject first device  —  Prior to the public announcement on Friday, Intel was kept in the dark with regards to Nokia's plans to relegate MeeGo to a glorified R&D project, sources with knowledge of the situation tell TechCrunch Europe.
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 RazorianFly
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Verizon iPhone 4 Launch: Why the Lack of iLines?  —  I went to my local Apple Store yesterday night, in the wake of yesterday's release of the Verizon iPhone 4.  It was an utter mob scene.  —  Of course, it's almost always an utter mob scene in there-and tonight, it was no more crazy than usual.
Discussion: PC Magazine and BloggingStocks
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Geohot raps a message to Sony
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
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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
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 might use Samsung's Super PLS display technology
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Pandora's Music Fees Are Huge! And Not That Bad.
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Nielsen Wire:
January 2011: Online Video Usage Up 45%
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