The Official Google Blog:
Finding more high-quality sites in search — Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible. This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time.
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Google takes aim at low-quality sites in search, Demand Media unfazed
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld: Google moves to shuffle down low-quality sites
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Google to content farms: It's on
Michael Hickins / Digits: Google Rakes Content Farms
Spencer Dalziel / Inquirer: Google changes its search algorithm
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: Google Algorithm Changed to Boost Rankings for ‘Original Content’
Daniel Ionescu / PC World: Google Unofficially Declares War on Content Farms
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Google Targets Content Farms With Major Search Algorithm Tweaks
Hayley Tsukayama / Post Tech: The Circuit: Google changes search algorithm, Huawei asks for investigation, PayPal explains WikiLeaks flap
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Google's Content Farming: Good for Consumers or Good for PR?
Nicholas Carlson / SAI: Google Announces Massive Algorithm Change, Declares War On Content Farms, Including Demand Media
Rosa Golijan / msnbc.com: Google declares war on lousy websites
Claire Cain Miller / Bits: Google Tweaks Algorithm to Push Down Low-Quality Sites
Tanner Godarzi / The Blog Herald: Google Improves Content Through Search With “Big Algorithmic Improvement”
Gavin Dunaway / Adotas: Google Breaks Up With Content Farms
Andrea Petrou / TechEye: Google moves to trash content farms
Mike Melanson / Nicke's shared items in Google Reader: Google Announces “Big Algorithmic Improvement” to Search
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: Google rolls out major search algorithm update
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: New Google algorithm takes aim at content farms
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Does Google Algo Update Really Target Entire Content Farms?
Josh Halliday / Guardian: Google demotes ‘low-quality’ websites in search overhaul
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Google tweaks algorithm; content farms and splogs wail and rend their spammy garments
John Moe / Tech Report: Google changes algorithm
Michael Collado / Neowin.net: Google changes search algorithm, tackles content farms
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google and Search Tweaks
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: Google overhauls algorithm, content farms potentially screwed
Amit Banerjee / Techie Buzz: Google Rolls Out An Algorithmic Update To Remove Spam Sites From Search Results
Nicholas Huber / thinq_: Google adds new algorithm to block content farms
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: In Latest Anti-'Content Farm' Move, Google Changes Its Search Algorithm
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad: Google updates search to massively bias original content
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward: Google tweaks search to promote “high-quality” sites
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint: Google moves to make search better
John Oates / The Register: Google whacks link farms
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Google tweaks algorithm to reduce visibility of low-quality sites
Iain Thomson / V3.co.uk: Google tweaks algorithm to cull search spam
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Google Search Updates: Less Content Farm Spam, More Recipes
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Forecloses On Content Farms With “Farmer” Algorithm Update — In January, Google promised that it would take action against content farms that were gaining top listings with “shallow” or “low-quality” content. Now the company is delivering, announcing a change to its ranking algorithm designed take out such material.
Discussion: GigaOM, CNET News, TechCrunch, SEOBook, Digital Trends, Fortune, @tolles, Search Engine Roundtable, @rafat, @vwadhwa, Sean Percival's Blog, @percival, NewsGrange and @fromedome
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Google Tightens the Screws on Content Farmers
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Google search to reward high-quality sites
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Google's Wizard Of Oz Search Algorithm And The Threat Of Facebook Search
Aaron Wall / SEOBook: Did Google Just Penalize Mahalo?
Andrew Couts / Digital Trends: Google weeds out content farms with algorithm update
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Google cuts its content farm subsidy
Chris Tolles / @tolles: Algorithm update or display of monopoly power? If you make content for the web, you should think about this: Maybe WWGD is *you*.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Google's Farmer Update Live: 12% Of Google's Results Forever Changed
Rafat Ali / @rafat: I hope sites like HuffPo or BusinessInsider are not too blithe about Google algorithm changes. Perceptions matter here.
Vivek Wadhwa / @vwadhwa: @mattcutts Congrats to you and Amit for the new release. Seems a solid step forward.
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog: Content Farmers React to Algorithm Update
Sean Percival / @percival: After Google change already noticing some folks not ranking as well. Search terms withheld to protect the innocent(?)
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange: Death to Content Farms: Google Tweaks Algorithm to Find More “High-Quality Sites”
Larry Fitzgibbon / Demand Media:
A Statement About Search Engine Algorithm Changes — How our content reaches the consumer - whether it's through direct visits, social media referrals, apps or search - has always been important to and monitored closely by us. We also recognize that major search engines like Google have and will continue to make frequent changes.
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Google/Demand Media blog wars over algorithm
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Google Attacks! And Demand Media Investors Yawn
Henry Blodget / SAI: DEMAND MEDIA: Ha! Google's Huge Algorithm Change Hasn't Hurt Our Business At All
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Interview: Demand Media's Rosenblatt On Why He Isn't Worried About Google
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google Declares War on Content Farms
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Demand Responds to Google Content Purge
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite.com: Demand Media says Google change no big deal, yet
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sources: iPad 2 lands in thinner body with spec bump and cameras, SD slot and higher resolution display are out — The Apple rumors game can be a volatile thing. Just as we'd heard about last minute alterations to the Apple TV before it hit the market, we've gotten word from sources …
Discussion: Inquirer, Computerworld, CNET News, PhoneArena, AppleInsider, Gearlog, Techie Buzz, Geek.com, MacDailyNews, Apple Bitch, Techland, Softpedia News, Fonehome, BlogsDNA, O'Grady's PowerPage, ITProPortal, everythingiCafe, Pocket-lint, Electronista, Redmond Pie, 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors, Phones Review and Edible Apple
Rob Coppinger / Inquirer: Ipad 2 will be launched at the BBC
Jonny Evans / Computerworld: Place your bets on iPad 2.0 as March 2 looms
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Rumor: iPad 2 to lack SD slot, high-res display
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider: ‘Engineering issues’ blamed for missing Retina Display, SD slot on next iPad
Brian Heater / Gearlog: iPad 2: No Hi-res Display, SD Slot - Rumor
Rajesh Pandey / Techie Buzz: Apple To Preview iOS 5 At iPad 2 Event Next Week?
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: iPad 2 starting to sound more like iPad 1.5
MacDailyNews: RUMOR: ‘Engineering issues’ blamed for Retina Display, SD slot not making Apple's next-gen iPad
Sandip Dedhia / BlogsDNA: Apple iPad 2 with A5 Processor, 512 MB Ram, Camera & Thinner Design (Rumors)
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Rumor: iPad 2 to lack Retina Display, SD card slot
Desire Athow / ITProPortal: No Retina Display or SD Card Reader For Apple iPad 2
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: iPad 2 To Get Spec Bump, Offer Camera, Thinner Body
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie: Apple to Preview iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on March 2nd - Report
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac: iPad 2 sports A5 processor, 512 MB of RAM, cameras, thinner design? Apple to talk iOS 5 and cloud on March 2?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Eleventh Hour — I like Josh Topolsky, and I like Engadget, but this is a bit much: … Eleventh hour, my ass. Nothing in these regards has changed in the iPad 2 since January. Nothing. There was never going to be a higher resolution display in the iPad 2.
Discussion: SAI, App Advice, MacRumors, AppleInsider, Electronista, TiPb and BlogsDNA
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: CRAZY IPAD 2 RUMOR: Apple Considering Lightweight Carbon Fiber Backing
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice: More About The iPad 2: Carbon Fiber Body - No SD Slot
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Second-Generation iPad to Gain Carbon Fiber Body?
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: iPad 2 to go carbon fiber. Maybe. (See footnote.)
Khizer Hayat Farooq / BlogsDNA: Apple To Preview iOS 5 @ iPad 2 Media Event
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Teardown — We got our hands on Apple's newest MacBook Pro 15" on February 24, 2011. This is Apple's first laptop to sport a quad-core processor, and also adds a brand-new I/O technology with a Thunderbolt port.
Discussion: Ars Technica, AppleInsider, Geek.com, CrunchGear, iClarified, thinq_, MacRumors, TUAW, Engadget, MacStories, O'Grady's PowerPage, SlashGear, Gadget Lab, Electronista, Pocket-lint and ThinkMobile
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: MacBook Pro teardown raises quality control concern
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: New MacBook Pro 2011 gets teardown treatment
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: iFixit tears down the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2011 model
Sean Hollister / Engadget: Intel Thunderbolt: a closer look (updated with video)
Federico Viticci / MacStories: iFixit Tears Down 2011 MacBook Pro
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: iFixit performs full teardown of early 2011 MacBook Pro, finds interesting new components
Chris Burns / SlashGear: Apple's Thunderbolt Port: A Closer Look
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: New MacBooks Torn Open, Thunderbolt Chip Revealed
Ben Crompton / Pocket-lint: MacBook Pro 2011 receives teardown treatment
Todd Ogasawara / ThinkMobile: iFixit MacBook Pro 15-inch Teardown: Fast RAM, Additional Antenna, Excess Thermal Paste
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Pros get GeekBenched. Outrunning last year's Mac Pros
New MacBook Pros get GeekBenched. Outrunning last year's Mac Pros
Discussion: GigaOM, Primate Labs Blog, Electronista, MacDailyNews, thinq_, Apple Bitch, TUAW, MacRumors, Softpedia News and Electricpig.co.uk
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: MacBook Pro Benchmarks Show Huge Performance Gains
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: 2011 MacBook Pros benchmarked
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: New MacBook Pro benchmarks show marked improvement
Nick Marshall / Electricpig.co.uk: New MacBook Pro benchmarks are off the chart
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google eyes UK launch of YouTube movie service — Google's YouTube is eager to launch an unlimited subscription service for movies similar to Netflix and Amazon and is considering starting it overseas to cut down on the competition, The Post has learned. — The search giant …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Apple, Google: Reports Cloud Services Coming
Brennon Slattery / PC World: Google's Media Onslaught: YouTube Subscription Service Next?
Isheeta Sanghi / Reuters: Google to launch YouTube movie service in UK: report
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Google prepping YouTube movie service for UK, says report
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Google Eyeing UK YouTube Movie Streaming
Jim O'Neill / fierceonlinevideo.com/news/frontpage: Is Google planning challenge of Netflix in movie streaming market?
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: YouTube Wants To Spend $100 Million To Stream Movies And Beat Netflix
Martin Bryant / The Next Web: Google reportedly plans Netflix-style YouTube subscription movie service
Ben Crompton / Pocket-lint: Google to launch YouTube movie streaming service in UK
Steven Parker / Neowin.net: Youtube eyes movies stream launch in UK
Hayley Tsukayama / Faster Forward: Google planning Netflix-like YouTube service? No, says YouTube
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad: Google to launch unlimited video streaming service in the U.K. first
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: Google targets UK for YouTube movie streaming
Robert Andrews / paidContent: YouTube Has No European Movie Rental Plans
Motorola Xoom Teardown — The Motorola Xoom is the first android tablet powered by Google's newest OS, Android 3.0 “Honeycomb.” Follow along as we peek inside this scrumptious (see what we did there...) device and devour all the delicious bits of information we can gather.
Discussion: I4U News, DailyTech, Gadget Lab, SlashGear, Gearlog, Electronista, Android Police, CrunchGear, thinq_, Gizmodo and Know Your Mobile
Robert Evans / I4U News: Motorola Xoom Gets Torn Down, Is Filled with Screws
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Teardown: What's Inside The Motorola Xoom
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown
Brian Heater / Gearlog: Motorola Xoom Gets Teardown Treatment
David Ruddock / Android Police: Motorola XOOM Gets A Teardown, 4G LTE Chip Upgrade Takes 10 Minutes, Not 6 Days
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: Motorola Xoom gets teardown treatment
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: The Motorola Xoom Spills Its Guts
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom rooted in two hours flat, sinister transforming exoskeleton jetpack returns in Verizon ad — What's the first thing you're going to do with your Motorola Xoom? If you're Koush, the answer's clear — install your very own ClockworkMod recovery image and ROM Manager, and grant the latter superuser permissions.
Discussion: Computerworld, My Brain Hurts, Droid Life, Techie Buzz, Liliputing, The Next Web, BlogsDNA, Electricpig.co.uk, SlashGear, MobileWhack and PhoneArena
Preston Gralla / Computerworld: Can't get your Motorola Xoom to work with your PC? Here's how to fix it.
Koush / My Brain Hurts: Motorola XOOM Rooted
Rajesh Pandey / Techie Buzz: Motorola XOOM Rooted; Custom Recovery Working As Well!
Sandip Dedhia / BlogsDNA: Motorola XOOM Rooted Successfully
Mic Wright / Electricpig.co.uk: Motorola Xoom rooted already
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Motorola XOOM rooted already
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MobileMe is officially online only — Expanding on the report from yesterday, a Genius (who uses Chrome interestingly) sent us this screenshot of the Apple Internal systems which shows that MobileMe is online-only now. — It also appears you can't currently pay for MobileMe online.
Discussion: The Next Web, SlashGear, MacStories, MacNN and Examiner
Chris Davies / SlashGear: MobileMe online-only shift detailed by leaky Genius
Graham Spencer / MacStories: Apple Internal Document Confirms MobileMe Available Online Only
Michael Santo / Examiner: MobileMe no longer available for order at Apple retail or online
Apple, Google and Spotify race to music market — The digital music market is set to be shaken up as soon as this summer as Apple, Google and Spotify race to deliver new services that labels warily hope may reverse a decade of declining revenues. Each of the technology companies is taking …
Discussion: App Advice, MacRumors, Fast Company, SAI, Electronista and MacStories
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple's Cloud-Based Music Service to Offer Storage, Not Subscription Access
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Rumor: iTunes In The Cloud Will Let You Backup Your Music Collection, Stream It
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly clarifies its cloud strategy to the music labels
Apple reportedly clarifies its cloud strategy to the music labels
Robert Andrews / mocoNews: So Much For The Big Guns' Online Music Plans
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry phones emerges — Mobile app developer ShopSavvy reports that its Android application has recently been tested on multiple BlackBerry devices. BGR exclusively reported last month that RIM may be working on a solution that would allow Android apps …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SlashGear, TechnoBuffalo, Fonehome, @loic, Fortune, Know Your Mobile, 901am and Electricpig.co.uk
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: Android Apps Spotted Running on BlackBerry Devices
Emily Price / TechnoBuffalo: Could Android Apps Be Coming To BlackBerry?
Loic Le Meur / @loic: Android apps working on Blackberry phones? That's exactly what developers need 2 keep investing on Blackberry platform
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Today in the Android Market: Books, BlackBerries and Banishment
Darnell / 901am: Why Is Blackberry Courting Android?
Nick Marshall / Electricpig.co.uk: Evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry devices
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Post-Optical Disc Era Gets Off To A Rocky Start With The OS X Lion Beta — If there was any doubt in peoples' minds that Apple intends to kill off the optical disc, it was put to rest today. This morning's unveiling of the OS X Lion Developer Preview came with the news …
Matthew Jones / Neowin.net: App Store issues have devs growling about OS X Lion preview
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services launches CloudFormation: Infrastructure recipes — Amazon Web Services on Friday detailed CloudFormation, an effort to make cobbling together cloud services as easy as baking a cake. — The big takeaway here is that Amazon Web Services wants this cloud computing thing to be ridiculously easy.
Discussion: GigaOM, The Register, CNET News, Amazon.com, Amazon Web Services Blog, InfoWorld, CenterNetworks and Amazon Web Services Blog
Derrick Harris / GigaOM: AWS Ramps Up Enterprise Push with CloudFormation
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register: Amazon automates AWS app deployment
Larry Dignan / CNET News: Amazon Web Services cooks up CloudFormation
Amazon.com: Amazon Web Services Continues to Make It Easier to Launch Applications in the AWS Cloud—Introducing AWS CloudFormation
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld: Amazon aims to make it easier to build complex clouds
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog: AWS CloudFormation in the AWS Management Console
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
PayPal reinstates fund meant to help U.S. Army's Manning — IDG News Service - PayPal has lifted a temporary restriction placed on the account of Courage to Resist, a group raising funds to support the legal defense of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arrested for allegedly downloading …
Discussion: Inquirer, SAI, Mashable!, Softpedia News and The Huffington Post
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: PayPal: EVERYBODY CHILL OUT, We Don't Block People's Accounts For Political Reasons …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!: PayPal Halts Donations to Defense Fund for WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning [UPDATED]
Anuj Nayar / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation
PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation
Stewart Meagher / thinq_: PayPal lifts ban on Manning fundraising account
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
DOJ threatens to nix Google merger — The Justice Department has made it clear to Google that it's willing to go to court to block its acquisition of travel software-maker ITA - and Google has responded by stepping up negotiations to save the deal, a source familiar with the talks tells POLITICO.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
When the Internet Nearly Fractured, And How It Could Happen Again — When the entire country of Egypt was forced offline by its government last month, it served as a global wake-up call that the Internet is a more fragile medium than we imagine it to be. What happened in Egypt …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Mobile Search Adds “Open Now” Filter — When you're on the move, there's often no sense finding local businesses that are closed. That's the impetus behind a new feature that Google has added to the iPhone and Android-powered devices: a tool to filter results that are open now.
Michael / Mobile Marketing Watch: Google Boasts New ‘Open Now’ Feature in Local Mobile Search Results
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Google Adds ‘Open Now’ to Places
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google Adds New Filtering Options to Mobile Places Search
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search: Google Places Mobile Option to Only Show Open Businesses
Darlene Storm / Computerworld:
Google face search to use social network photos — If you are out in public, you are fair game, but how would you like it if a stranger took your picture and then ran a search to find out your name, online aliases and all the information about you via that image?
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Consumer group wants to tax Netflix to pay for rural broadband — Mark Cooper, director of research for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), says Netflix should have to pay into the Universal Service Fund. — “The Internet is not an infant industry anymore.
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter, SF Mayor Ed Lee ‘very close’ on deal — Twitter is “very close” to an agreement to stay, and grow - exponentially - in San Francisco, says Mayor Ed Lee. But it's “not yet 100 percent.” — In an interview at his office Thursday, Lee said Twitter executives intimated last week …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype To Go Brings Brings Internet Calling to Landlines — Today Skype is touting the relaunch of its “Skype to Go” service as a new way to make international calls from any phone - even landlines. The service itself has been around for years, but today's launch brings new features …
Discussion: The Big Blog, The Next Web and mobiputing
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog: Introducing Skype To Go - a new way to save on calls abroad from any phone
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Skype relaunches Skype To Go: Cheap international calls from ANY phone [Updated]
Brad Linder / mobiputing: Skype for webOS comes to Verizon's Palm Pre 2
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google Pulls VoiceMail App in Possible In-App Payment Move — In a move that could signal Google is taking a hard line on in-app payments similar to the way Apple has outlined new subscription rules, Google has pulled the popular Visual VoiceMail app from Android Market, citing a violation of the developer payment rules.
Discussion: SAI and Fast Company