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1:00 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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  —  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.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Hyperlocals like TBD: More hype than hope
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Six business lessons from TBD's early demise
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: New York Observer and Poynter
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?
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.
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Journal Register's Localized Video News Strategy is Driving Profitability, CEO John Paton  —  After considerable anticipation and disappointment around the value of video for newspapers, one big publisher has found profitability by utilizing low cost cameras, a decentralized workflow approach and an effective sales strategy.
Discussion: WebNewser
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 …
Financial Times:
Apple, Google and Spotify race to music market  —  Related Quotes … Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York and Tim Bradshaw in London, 21:28, Thursday 24 February 2011  —  The digital music market is set to be shaken up as soon as this summer as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL - news) , Google …
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.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
‘Organic’ SXSW Blogger Buzz?  More Like Marketing Astroturf  —  Failure to Comply With FTC Rules Could Put Some on Wrong Side of Law  —  A lot of the buzz that has turned the South by Southwest festival into a media monster has been paid for and delivered by the big brands that sponsor it.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Pushing For U.S. Cable, Al Jazeera English Exec Claims They Are ‘Anti-Nothing And Pro-Nothing’  —  Al Jazeera English, buoyed by critical acclaim for its coverage of the uprising in Egypt, hopes to convert good reviews for its Middle East coverage into a permanent place on American cable.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Eric Spiegelman / The Awl:
How to Watch Al Jazeera on Your Television
Discussion: The Next Web
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Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web, Thanks:jaredbkeller
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Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

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