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7:35 AM ET, February 25, 2011

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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.
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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.
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.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
TBD's course raises questions about failure and success on the way to journalism's future  —  Many journalists in traditional newsrooms have left their jobs in recent years to work for online news startups and help shape the future of journalism.  The sacrifices they've made, though, haven't always worked out as planned.
Discussion: Digital Man and The Buttry Diary
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Hyperlocals like TBD: More hype than hope  —  The rapid implosion of the high-profile TBD news site is further evidence that hyperlocal journalism is more hype than hope for the news business.  —  Launched with considerable fanfare and generous funding only six months ago by Allbritton Communications …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Six business lessons from TBD's early demise
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Affidavits Say Fox News Chief Told Employee to Lie  —  It was an incendiary allegation — and a mystery of great intrigue in the media world: After the publishing powerhouse Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins in 2006, she claimed that a senior executive at its parent company, News Corporation …
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:   Roger Ailes Caught on Tape Urging Ex-Employee to Lie to Federal Investigators
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-HuffPo Merger Changes At AOL; Eun Leaving, Brod To Be Arianna's COO  —  Regulatory approval of AOL's $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post is still pending but CEO Tim Armstrong already has a new structure for the evolving company.  The changes were set off by the plan …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Post-Huffpo, an AOL Reorg; Here's the Internal Memo
Discussion: SAI, Editors Weblog and Adotas
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's First Big Change for Huffington Post: Bigger Ads
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 …
Discussion: The Independent and Guardian, Thanks:joshhalliday
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Libyan government likens journalists to Al Qaida
Discussion: Agence France Presse and MIJE.org
Eric Spiegelman / The Awl:
How to Watch Al Jazeera on Your Television  —  Al Jazeera is putting every American news channel to shame with its amazing coverage of the revolutions across the Middle East.  But most cable systems in this country won't carry it!  If you live in Toledo, Ohio, or Burlington, Vermont, or Washington D.C., you might have it.
Discussion: The Next Web
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Pushing For U.S. Cable, Al Jazeera English Exec Claims They Are ‘Anti-Nothing And Pro-Nothing’
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
You Can't Play a New Media Game By Old Media Rules  —  If there's one aspect of the media business that has been disrupted more completely than any other, it's the whole idea of “breaking news.”  Just as television devalued the old front-page newspaper scoop, the web has turned breaking news …
Thanks:mathewi
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Old Media Is Being Unbundled, Just Like Telecom Was
ESPN MediaZone:
The Poynter Review Project to Launch With ESPN  —  ESPN and The Poynter Institute today announced a new step in media transparency—The Poynter Review Project—in which a panel of Poynter faculty will review ESPN content across all platforms and publicly comment on ESPN's efforts.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
National Magazine Awards To Include Magazine Apps This Year  —  It's an honor just to be nominated, the saying goes, and less than a year after major publishers rolled out magazine apps, tablet-based periodicals are among the finalists for the second annual National Magazine Awards for Digital Media—aka the “Digital Ellies”—this year.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Enjoying the Oscar Awards on Several Small Screens  —  Sports fans make high art of the multiscreen experience, with TV broadcasts, laptop news feeds and a wide range of mobile apps for trivia, fantasy contests and kitchen runs.  —  For others, though, the biggest spectator sport comes with the Academy Awards.
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?
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Glam Media Is Picking Bankers For An IPO  —  Glam Media is listening to the sales pitches of about 14 Wall Street banks in preparation for an IPO, a source familiar with the situation says.  —  Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and others are vying for the coveted “book-running” lead position.
 
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
Pro Sports vs. the Web Pirates
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Who's in charge at Time Inc.
Discussion: New York Magazine and FishbowlNY
Jared Keller / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook Adds Reporting Tools, Seeks Journalist Program Manager
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:jaredbkeller
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Paywall Strategies 2011: Forrester Analyst Nick Thomas on ‘monetising the user, not the content’
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Laura Rozen joins Yahoo! News
Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
“Heeeere's the Newspaper”  —  The Omaha World-Herald hires a former …
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David Teicher / AdAge:
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Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
Turning Forbes magazine content into Web content — and vice versa
Discussion: Talking Biz News and MediaPost
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of the digital mercado
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The distraction trope  —  In the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland …
Discussion: Guardian
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
Emap: Return of paywalls pushed up subs by 25%