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Today in Tech: Silicon Valley salaries rise

Jan 24, 2012

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* Google (goog) is still getting flack for its recently-introduced "Search Plus Your World" feature, which emphasizes Google+ over Twitter and Facebook in Google search. While the move would have likely been controversial regardless, the fact that Google has always positioned itself as being "unbiased and objective" doesn't help its cause. Also: to further drive home the point that "Search Plus" is skewed, developers from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace created a "bookmarklet" that swaps out "Search Plus" results with results from Google's standard search algorithm. (Pandodaily and CNNMoney)

* Apple (aapl) hired Anderson Teixeira, formerly President of Sony Ericsson U.S and Head of Region North America, as the new head of Apple's Latin America region. (9 to 5 Mac)

* The average Silicon Valley salary rose nearly 5% to $104,195. (The Wall Street Journal)

* The luxury flash sales site Gilt Groupe laid off 10% -- or up to 90 -- of its employees as part a move to get the company profitable by the fourth quarter. (All Things D)

* Twitter acquired the spam and malware protection service Dasient. According to Twitter, the team will be integrated into the social network's revenue engineering team because "they have a deep understanding of advertising-platform security issues." (Mashable)

* Do-it-yourself online fashion mag Polyvore raised $14 million from investors and plans to use the money to expand abroad, go mobile, and cover new areas like interior design and weddings. (The New York Times)

* Virgin America named one of its jets after Steve Jobs and emblazoned the Jobs quote "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" on it. (MacRumors)

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