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---- Best way to tell Googlebot a page doesn't exist anymore
tedster - 2:58 pm on Feb 1, 2011 (gmt 0)Thread source:: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4261092.htm
Yes - Google used to handle 404 and 410 the same way but they did change that last year. There was even a public mention of the change from a Googler last year, I think John Mueller. I'll see if I can find the link.
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