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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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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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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
Nick Bilton / Bits:
If You Bought Apple Stock Instead of Products  —  Let us pretend for a moment that the year is 1997 and you're in the market for a new laptop computer.  You want the top-of-the-line product at the time, so you opt for the newly released Apple Computer PowerBook G3 250 laptop.
Discussion: SAI
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Why iPad 2 Won't Have Much Competition In 2011—Unless It's From Amazon  —  Forrester published a new report today making the call that the iPad challengers that have been announced so far—Android Honeycomb tablets from Motorola, Toshiba, and others, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
WiMAX throttling lawsuit: Clearwire can't deliver the goods  —  Wireless operator Clearwire has had a bumpy few months, and now things are getting worse.  A lawsuit has been filed by 15 users over the company's throttling practices, accusing Clearwire of not delivering advertised …
Discussion: DSLreports and SlashGear
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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYTimes: When We Do It, It's Journalism, When HuffPo Does It, It's ‘Piracy’  —  We regularly see established newspaper journalists look down on the world of sites that add value to news by assuming that aggregating, commenting on and providing context for news first reported by others is somehow a “lesser” product.
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
In A Post-PC Era, Apple Wants To Be Your IT Department  —  A decade ago if a computer vendor didn't have a strong relationship with corporate information technology departments they didn't get anywhere.  No longer.  Smart phones don't need a link to a corporate network to appeal to office workers.
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2, Marketing Pilgrim and GeekWire, Thanks:robinwauters
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:blogfisher
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments.  —  Once or twice a week, I get a letter taking me to task for Slate's commenting policy.  The reader wants to tell me that I suck, but he doesn't want to log in to Slate's comment system using his credentials for Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New XML Standard for Super-Fast, Lightweight Applications Announced by W3C  —  From embedded sensors to high-frequency stock trading to everyday mobile web applications, the race is on for technologists to build the most efficient systems for quickly streaming large sets of data from one device to another.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Thanks:marshallk
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google fires a shot at Foursquare with check-in rewards and titles [Updated]  —  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.
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.
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Hackers unleash fake Google Android update  —  Symantec says the malware, which purports to be Google's latest security update for Android, sends SMS messages to a command-and-control server  —  Google's latest update for its Android mobile OS appears to already have been subverted by hackers …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Instapaper 3.0 Is Out: You Can Now “Follow” Other Users  —  Instapaper, the most popular “read later” tool for the web, iOS and Kindle, received a major update a few minutes ago that brings it to version 3.0 and adds a whole social layer to the app.  In Instapaper 3. you can now follow …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Dispatch from SXSW: Have Startups Become a Fetish?  —  Preparing for South by Southwest Interactive every year, I'm inundated with pitches for services (now they're apps when they used to be social or merely web-based products) that are fun, sometimes useful and generally something I wouldn't pay money for.
Discussion: Software Rants & …
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
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Report: Iger, Carey May Exit Hulu Board  —  Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger and News Corp (NSDQ: NWS).  COO Chase Carey may step down from the board of directors at Hulu, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The move to reduce the number of board members is being seen as an effort to …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Beyond Facebook, SecondMarket Opens Its Doors to Thousands  —  The marketplace for private Internet companies is about to get a bit more crowded.  —  SecondMarket, an exchange for alternative investments, will introduce a new trading platform on Friday that will integrate social media …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Social Analytics Platform BackType Raises a Cool Million in Funding  —  Today, San Francisco-based marketing intelligence company, BackType, announced that it has closed a seed funding round of just over $1 million, led by a group of Silicon Valley investors, including lead investor True Ventures …
Emily Banks / Mashable!:
YouTube To Expand Staff by 30%  —  YouTube expects to have its biggest hiring year in 2011, with plans to grow its staff by 30%.  —  The Google-owned video site has dozens of open positions in all areas — although an especially high number in advertising sales and customer support — and all around the world.
Discussion: YouTube Blog
 
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
House panel votes to invalidate net neutrality rules
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New Social Safety Features Lets Users Confront Bullies, Ask Friends for Help
Discussion: Facebook, ZDNet, CNN, Mashable! and Digits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AdMob Founder Partners With Sequoia Capital On Next Venture: Churn Labs
Discussion: SAI
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
New Facebook Pages Layout Becomes Mandatory
Discussion: @facebook
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former AOLers Steve Case and Ted Leonsis Raising $400 Million Growth Equity Fund
Discussion: SAI
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
FCC: Chairman Julius Genachowski Has No Plans to Leave
Discussion: DSLreports
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
4chan's Chaos Theory
IDC:
Nearly 18 Million Media Tablets Shipped in 2010 with Apple Capturing 83% Share; eReader Shipments …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Why Everyone Is Talking About Node
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action
 

 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

 
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