Peter Kafka

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Citing Google Search Change, Mahalo Cuts Staff

Here’s one ripple effect from the change Google made to its search engine algorithm last week: Jason Calacanis’ Mahalo.com has cut 10 percent of its staff. The site, which started out life as a “human powered search engine” and which is now focusing on “how-to” videos, cited a “significant dip in our traffic and revenue” since Google made its change, which is supposed to “reduce rankings for low-quality sites”. Allen Stern has more details.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik