After much deliberation and feedback from the steward community, we have decided that the rating algorithm will be tweaked to favor writers based on how much of their earnings they’ve contributed to our newest charity partner: “The Helium Development Team’s Beer and Pizza Fund.”

Members can also retroactively contribute any amount of their available balance via their Earnings & Payments page in addition to donating future earnings for some or all of their articles.  The amount of the contribution relative to other members of the community will determine the modifier applied to your account.

The Helium Dev team wishes to thank the community in advance for their generosity towards their cause.  The Helium team feels this new charity partner will greatly increase the amount and frequency of future features.

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Posted April 1, 2009 is proud to announce that we have closed negotiations with Google and are now entering the Google family.  This will bring many new benefits to users including premium placement in search results and a 10x increase in earnings – including views, upfront, and empty title bonuses.

As part of this acquisition Helium will stop supporting any browsers except Google Chrome in the next 30 days.  If you are not using Chrome, please update now as Helium will not work in any other browser at the end of that time.  Also, Zones is being merged with Orkut, Google’s own social networking service.  Finally, Helium content will only be found through Google searches – we will no longer support any search traffic from Yahoo, AOL, or other search engines

We here at Helium are very excited about this event. Oh, and April Fool’s!

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