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10:45 AM ET, February 25, 2011

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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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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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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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Robert Andrews / paidContent:   YouTube Has No European Movie Rental Plans
ifixit:
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.
Financial Times:
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 …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly clarifies its cloud strategy to the music labels
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Pros get GeekBenched.  Outrunning last year's Mac Pros  —  Some lucky people out there in Internetland are Geekbenching their new MacBook Pros Quad i7s with average Geekbench scores coming up right around 10,000  —  The 2. GHz Quads coming in a little lower obviously at around 8000 …
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?
Discussion: p2pnet
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 …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
What Thunderbolt Means for End Users  —  Apple and Intel today took the wrappers off of Thunderbolt, a new wired connection technology that combines data transfer and video output capabilities.  Thunderbolt appears standard in Apple's new MacBook Pro models, replacing the Mini DisplayPort …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Intel details Thunderbolt as exclusive to Apple until 2012
Anuj Nayar / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation  —  While it is generally not our policy to comment publicly on account dealings, we are sharing the following statement to clarify information regarding the Courage To Resist organization's PayPal account and their claim that this is somehow associated …
Discussion: p2pnet, Cryptome, thinq_ and TechCrunch, Thanks:paypal
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ifixit:
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.
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.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet the 13 Companies that Came Out on Top at Launch  —  Nearly 50 companies have presented over the past two days at Jason Calcanis' LAUNCH conference.  We've seen everything from well-established companies like StackOverflow launch a job-finder service for its existing members to companies sign $100,000 deals on stage.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Android Market adds e-books; movies and music soon to come?  —  The Android world's been a-buzz this last week over a few new Android Market URLS, including http://market.android.com/music/ and http://market.android.com/movies/.  In case you thought there was nothing to this tip, guess again …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
SpamIt, Glavmed Pharmacy Networks Exposed  —  An organized crime group thought to include individuals responsible for the notorious Storm and Waledac worms generated more than $150 million promoting rogue online pharmacies via spam and hacking, according to data obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com.
Wall Street Journal:
Myspace Opens Books to Prospective Buyers  —  News Corp.'s efforts to sell Myspace are advancing, as bankers Allen & Co. this week begin to schedule meetings with suitors, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The meetings, which will give interested buyers a detailed look …
Discussion: MediaMemo, SAI, paidContent and Electronista
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
News Corp kicks off Myspace sale process
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google Pulls VoiceMail App in Possible In-App Payment Move
Discussion: Fast Company and SAI
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Feature: All this has happened before: NVIDIA 3.0, ARM, and the fate of x86
Discussion: VizWorld.com
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
SF CIO Heads to White House as Deputy CTO for Innovation
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Hires Lobbyists To Bend Canadian Ears
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Next Web
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
On hiring spree, Google expands in Seattle and Kirkland
Discussion: Seattle 2.0 and The Microsoft Blog
Molly McHugh / Business Wire:
Study says Internet makes youth more engaged citizens
 Earlier Items: 
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Motorola Gets In On Cloud Services With Catch Media Stake
Discussion: Music Ally
Matthias Galica / ShareSquare Blog:
How Microsoft, Mobile Tag, and AT&T are Killing Consumer QR Code Scanning In Utero
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Tech Start-Up Exclusively Hires People with Asperger's Syndrome for Their Technological Prowess
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion Building in Support for Super High Resolution ‘Retina’ Monitors