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The Official Google Blog:
Hide sites to find more of what you want  —  Over the years we've experimented with a number of ways to help you personalize the results you find on Google, from SearchWiki to stars in search to location settings.  Now there's yet another way to find more of what you want on Google by blocking the sites you don't want to see.
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Now Lets You Block Sites You Don't Like Directly from Your Search Results
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Veteran Journos Out as AOL/HuffPo Cuts 900 Jobs  —  It's a bloodbath.  —  AOL, the beleaguered internet company, is cutting as many as 900 jobs, CEO Tim Armstrong announced Thursday, including as many as 200 editorial staffers in the United States.  The layoffs, which were expected …
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Amid 900 Layoffs, Just How Are AOL's Media Brands Doing?  —  Finance and Politics Daily Lead Declines While News and Tech Are Up  —  AOL laid off 900 employees, or around 15% of its work force today, the fallout from its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post in February.
Liz Reaves Walker / The LinkedIn Blog:
Introducing LinkedIn Today  —  Staying on top of industry news is something we think matters for any professional whose success depends on being well informed.  With all the news websites, blogs, tweets and newsletters out there, staying in-the-know can be time consuming and it's increasingly hard …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Today: A Social News Product For Professionals
Oliver Hsiang / StumbleUpon Blog:
Stay in the Know with LinkedIn and StumbleUpon
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Apple changes purchases policy to protect kids on iPad, iPhone games  —  Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad 2  —  I've been coming up empty trying to think of a hook for this review of the iPad 2 — an angle, a narrative structure, a theme to put it in perspective and make it more than a list of benchmarks and disparate observations.  Then I realized I already wrote it, a year ago, in this back-page column for Macworld:
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect  —  Just as most of its competitors are rolling out their first multitouch tablets to compete with its game-changing iPad, Apple on Friday will start selling a second-generation model, the iPad 2.  —  The new iPad 2 is about a third thinner and over 10% lighter …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Founder, Others Invest $42 Million in Angry Birds  —  We'd heard Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds game franchise, was out in the market looking for cash, but never did we think that it would end up raising $42 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Atomico, the venture fund started by Skype's co-founders.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:   The Inside Story on the Angry Birds' Massive Funding Round
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow resigns  —  Citing “personal reasons,” Clearwire boss Bill Morrow has rather suddenly stepped down from his positions both as CEO and executive board director.  Replacing him on an interim basis will be John Stanton, current chairman of the board and former CEO of VoiceStream …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
WiMAX throttling lawsuit: Clearwire can't deliver the goods
Discussion: DSLreports, Electronista and SlashGear
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
The Billionaire Who Friended the Web  —  Tech's titans used to wonder about Yuri Milner.  Now he's the guy everyone wants to copy.  —  It's 8 p.m. on a winter's night in Moscow.  Yuri Milner steps into an elevator for the quick, quiet ride to his penthouse apartment.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Paul Graham: There's No Tech Bubble, Steve Jobs Is A Dictator  —  Y Combinator's Paul Graham just gave a pretty good interview on Bloomberg TV about startups and the tech industry.  —  Graham, on top of being really smart, is also the most likable guy in Silicon Valley and very witty, so it's always worth watching him.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and ZDNet
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action  —  Computer company leases downtown space during festival, release of iPad 2  —  Apple Inc. will open a temporary store Friday in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook hits FCC in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors  —  No surprises here, just the straight-up news that RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is one small step closer to retail: it's gotten FCC clearance.  Well, at least the WiFi-only version has — no sign of the WiMAX-capable version for Sprint yet …
IDC:
Nearly 18 Million Media Tablets Shipped in 2010 with Apple Capturing 83% Share; eReader Shipments Quadrupled to More Than 12 Million, According to IDC  —  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, 10.1 million media tablets …
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Availability Tomorrow: 1:00 AM Pacific Online, 5:00 PM Local In-Store
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon.com Slammed With Lawsuit Over Instant Search Patent  —  When you go to Amazon.com and start typing in the top search box, you will automatically see a number of search suggestions for items on sale before you finish typing your query.  The company also offers such enhanced search …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Need Advice on What to Read?  Ask the Internet  —  Netflix uses a software algorithm to recommend movies and Zappos uses one to recommend shoes.  Now Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, is introducing an algorithm to recommend books.  —  Goodreads was started in 2006 for people who wanted to talk about books online.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AdMob Founder Partners With Sequoia Capital On Next Venture: Churn Labs  —  In December I wrote about how some successful entrepreneurs are starting incubators in a post called The Rise Of The Gentleman Hacker - “I'm hearing more and more about people who are simply setting up an office somewhere close …
Discussion: SAI
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google fires a shot at Foursquare with check-in rewards and titles  —  It wasn't long ago that Google pulled the trigger by offering check-ins with the Latitude service.  Now, the company is stepping up the game one more notch by offering rewards for those check-ins, starting in Austin for SXSW.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former AOLers Steve Case and Ted Leonsis Raising $400 Million Growth Equity Fund  —  Steve Case and Ted Leonsis are bringing their old AOL band back together once again, this time by raising a $400 million growth equity fund.  —  The pair, the legendary top execs who rocketed AOL …
Discussion: SAI
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Why Everyone Is Talking About Node  —  On the 20th floor of a San Francisco skyscraper, a handful of developers are working on a new technology that's changing the way real-time web apps are built and how they scale.  This technology, called Node.js, is being hailed as “the new Ruby on Rails” by some in the developer community.
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
4chan's Chaos Theory  —  Founded in 2003 by 15-year-old Christopher Poole, 4chan, the online hangout for millions of young people, unwittingly spawned the group Anonymous, which sprang to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last December, attacking and taking down MasterCard's and Visa's Web sites.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Topsy raises another $15M for real-time search  —  Some of the excitement around real-time search seems to have died down recently — I'm no longer seeing hordes of startups embracing the term, and some of the most prominent companies that were active in the space have refocused.
 
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