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"Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business at the end of the day."
-- Mikael Hed, CEO of Angry Birds-maker Rovio Mobile (The Guardian)
* Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan raised his estimates for sales of the Kindle Fire during the fourth quarter from five to six million units due largely to Amazon's loyal customer base and that low $199 price tag. (All Things D)
* Verizon Wireless's new offer of Comcast Internet, cable and telephone services in Seattle and Portland, Ore. could eventually cause a conflict within the company itself given its own competing FiOS broadband and TV services. (The Wall Street Journal)
* Barack Obama and Mitt Romney announced that they're using tech from Square, the mobile payments startup by Jack Dorsey, to help raise campaign funds. (Square via The New York Times)
* Why Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reportedly kicked out all the investors from its board last year. Also: marketing analysis firm eMarketer now predicts the social network's ad revenues will triple during the next three years to $540 million by the end of 2014. (PandoDaily and The Next Web)
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The company turned in solid quarterly results that analysts cheered. But the site's writers are telling a very different story.
FORTUNE -- Demand Media's much-watched transformation continues. Analysts have been encouraged by the Santa Monica, California-based company's recent results. Its freelancers paint a very different picture, though.
Started in 2006, Demand (DMD) was a front-runner in the wave of companies that rushed to find ways of creating Web content on a massive MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 11, 2011 1:24 PM ET
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The attacks on Sony's various web servers may not be over. A group of hackers claims it's planning to hit Sony's Web site this weekend and publish a good chunk of the information they steal: possibly customer names, addresses, and credit card numbers. Should that come to pass, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 6, 2011 6:30 AM ET
Surprisingly, content farm Demand Media sites like eHow stand to benefit from the changes.
Last week Google (GOOG) changed its algorithm in an attempt to rid itself of spammy search results. According to Google's post on the matter almost 12% of all searches would be affected by the change.
So how did Demand Media(DMD) sites like eHow fare? According to results from Sistrix, eHow didn't get hit at all. Furthermore, many of MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 27, 2011 2:42 PM ET
A leaked presentation on its "master plan" and its abysmal earnings report only confirm that AOL needs a new way.
By Dan Mitchell, contributor
Ken Auletta's profile in The New Yorker of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong last month was a grim assessment the company's prospects and a scathing indictment of the quality of AOL's content -- much of which, Auletta wrote, is "piffle." The company, he seemed to conclude, is more likely MOREFeb 2, 2011 2:36 PM ET
Matt Cutts, who heads the webspam team at Google (GOOG), today announced a change to Google's search algorithm which aims to improve results and reward sites which contribute original content to the Internet. Sites that scrape or copy other sites' content will be demoted.
From the post, it sounds like the change is a small one but, if successful in meeting its objectives, could be followed by more significant changes:Seth Weintraub - Jan 28, 2011 1:27 PM ET
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