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5:35 PM ET, February 25, 2011


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Content Farming: Good for Consumers or Good for PR?  —  In another significant search announcement yesterday, Google said it was revising its algorithm to target makers of low-quality content.  —  The search giant has been criticized by many of late for the presence of too much spam in its results …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Feds spy on reporter in leak probe  —  Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran's nuclear program obtained a New York Times reporter's three private credit reports, examined his personal bank records and obtained information …
Jxpaton / Digital First:
Hyperlocal News Can't Be Monetized And Other Lies You Heard This Week About  —  Success has many fathers but failure is always an orphan.  —  And I would add to that old saw - failure is always something the experts predicted as they revel in their “I told you so” moments.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
TBD's course raises questions about failure and success on the way to journalism's future
Discussion: Guardian
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Rockville Central: set to become a Facebook-only outlet  —  Say you run a community news site.  In your spare time.  And Patch has moved into your neighborhood.  How do you, with limited resources but a desire to keep contributing to your community, stay competitive?
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Could Facebook become a better news reporting tool than Twitter?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Kathleen Parker Splits From CNN's ‘Parker Spitzer’  —  Kathleen Parker, the co-host of “Parker Spitzer,” CNN's four-month-old, ratings-challenged primetime show, is being dropped from the program, according to sources inside the CNN newsroom.  Eliot Spitzer, her co-host, will remain …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Ad Team Runs Into the Learning Curve, and Promoted Tweets Take a Step Back  —  Another sign that Twitter's advertising plans are very much a work in progress: The company is playing down Promoted Tweets, the first ad units it introduced last year.  —  Instead, Dick Costolo's sales force …
Breaking News:
Libyan gov't: Unauthorized journalists are considered to be al-Qaeda collaborators  —  WASHINGTON, D.C./TRIPOLI (BNO NEWS) — Libyan government officials have warned U.S. diplomats that journalists who have entered the country illegally to cover anti-government protests are being considered …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:   Libyan government likens journalists to Al Qaida
Allan Sloan / Washington Post:
Shareholder money funds Murdoch family deals  —  The Murdoch family owns only about 12 percent of News Corp., but Rupert Murdoch sure runs the place like a wholly owned family candy store.  The company, blurring the distinction between public and family business, makes deals with family members …
Discussion: Poynter and New York Observer
Jessica Deahl / American Journalism Review:
The 40-Year-Old Startup  —  Long known and respected for its pricey, in-depth analysis of government policy, National Journal retools for the Internet era.  Posted: Fri, Feb. 25, 2011  —  Jessica Deahl ( is a journalist based in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Online NewsHour, @romenesko and Cision
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 and  In case you thought there was nothing to this tip, guess again …
Discussion: VideoNuze, Techland and TeleRead
Nathan Gibbs / MediaShift:
How to Integrate Social Tools into the Journalism Classroom  —  Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by the USC Annenberg nine-month M.A. in Specialized Journalism.  USC's highly customized degree programs are tailored to the experienced journalist and gifted amateur.
Discussion: J-Source
Emily Bell / Guardian:
In the absence of public media funding, the US has outsourced its voice |  Emily Bell  —  While an American BBC is unthinkable, commercial dominance has deprived the country of a culturally specific news medium  —  If you want to get coverage for public media funding, try turning up at Congress with a puppet on your arm.
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