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    News Wrap: Comcast Flushes Exec Perks at 30 Rock, Advertisers Love Facebook

    New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new...

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    Google Changes Algorithm to Block Low-Quality Content Farms

    Applaud Google for doing the right thing in the fight against low-quality content farms. Google has announced that it has altered its search algorithms (stateside for starters) to favor high quality content. They explain here:Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that a...

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    Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix

    In their excellent year-ahead discussion on KCRW's The Business, host Kim Masters and guests John Horn (the LAT) and Michael Schneider (Variety) agreed that 2011 marks a watershed year in the transition from traditional to digital viewing choices. They think the shift will come faster for movies tha...

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    New Living Room: from Netflix Streaming to Google TV

    At book group last night, we not only picked David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (in development with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer), but debated the relative merits of TiVo and Roku, the best way to get Netflix streaming on TV and the breadth of the Netflix catalogue of free-stream titles. I use my PS3 an...

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    Sheen Heads for Jail, Fuqua Biopics Shakur, Anderson Casts Scientology Film, Boardwalk Empire Pops

    Charlie Sheen is choosing 30 days of jail time over probation, which was too risky, reports TMZ. In a plea bargain, Sheen will plead no contest to third-degree misdemeanor assault for hitting his wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day and immediately start to serve what will likely amount to 17 days in jail in Aspen, Colorado. He has to complete 36 hours of anger management before the hearing June 7. Mueller and Sheen both went into rehab following the incident, and Sheen took off time from his hit TV show Two and a Half Men. He'll get his time out of the way before filming begins in early August. The show has been renewed for two seasons; Shee...

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    Google's Schmidt Talks to Newspaper Editors

    Too few newspapers ask the question "what would Google do?" So the man many consider to be journalism's nemesis, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, addressed the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. this week. While he wants Google to be helpful to the news profession, Schmidt said that the In...

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    Andreessen Talks Tech Turkey on Charlie Rose

    I saved this Marc Andreessen Charlie Rose interview on TiVo because Andreessen is brilliant and loves to share his insight. Months later, as the iPad is coming out and the internet continues to dominate our lives, this Silicon Valley maverick reveals how much he knows about how start-ups and the Int...

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    Google Buzz Video

    These days, keeping up with Twitter, email, Facebook, Linkedin (I abandoned myspace long ago) is almost more than a single person can sustain, much less reading something of any length or, God Forbid, thinking or doing any work.

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