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4:43 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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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
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.
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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) …
Discussion: Pocket-lint, Engadget, t-break and Mobilized
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung Galaxy S2 official image and info leaked
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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
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
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?)
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.
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.
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Jillian C. York:
The Media and the Algerian Internet Rumors  —  Well, here we go again...the mainstream media tonight jumped on rumors that Algeria had shut down the Internet, without bothering to check their facts with people on the ground.  They didn't check Twitter either; Algerians were tweeting throughout.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Geohot raps a message to Sony  —  WTF?  —  Geohot (iPhone jailbreaker) can rap!  In case you hadn't heard, he moved his jailbreaking on to the Sony Playstation platform and Sony sued him.  Maybe they should just sign him instead.  —  Lyrics after the break.  —  Yo it's geohot
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T selling iPad accessories for 50% off, iPad 2 coming soon?  —  We have received a couple tips that AT&T corporate stores will start selling all Apple iPad accessories for 50% off beginning February 13th.  Our tipsters note that AT&T usually doesn't clearance items unless a replacement is imminent.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Ventures Sows Seed Funding With New Startup Lab (Video Tour)  —  As incoming CEO Larry Page seeks to recapture Google's entrepreneurial spirit, Google Ventures thinks it's in for a year of expansion and support from its corporate parent.  —  The VC arm, which gets $100 million …
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
March 1st as Possible Date for New MacBook Pros?
Discussion: AppleInsider and RazorianFly
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
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.
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Nielsen Wire:
January 2011: Online Video Usage Up 45%
Discussion: paidContent
Silke Koltrowitz / Reuters:
Google CEO sees signs of Internet bubble: report
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Introducing The Microsoft Puppet
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista