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Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.
Google Is Working On The ‘Next Generation’ Of Panda Google Is Working On The ‘Next Generation’ Of Panda

Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo on Thursday, and reportedly said that the search team is working on the “next generation” of the controversial Panda update, which will be softer and more friendly to small sites and …

Users Search For Specific Brands, Have To Scroll Past Competing Services From Google Users Search For Specific Brands, Have To Scroll Past Competing Services From Google

Website owners often complain that Google is pushing organic results down the search results pages by putting its own services at the top. Google’s response is something like, “You’re the corkscrew, and we’re the Swiss Army Knife.” One of our …

Google: We Use Author Rank In ‘Some Ways’ Google: We Use Author Rank In ‘Some Ways’

Last summer, Google launched “in-depth articles,” a section in the search results of some queries that highlights longer pieces related to the searched-for topic. Google’s Matt Cutts said this week (via Search Engine Roundtable) that “author rank” comes into play …

Google Adds Beautiful Street View Imagery Of Endangered Colorado River Google Adds Beautiful Street View Imagery Of Endangered Colorado River

Google has partnered with American Rivers to bring imagery of the Colorado River to Street View. Take a look at some of the beautiful scenery: “For 6 million years, the Colorado River has flowed through the heart of the desert …

Google Drive Gets New Pricing Plans Google Drive Gets New Pricing Plans

Google announced some new storage plans for Google Drive, saying it can now make them more affordable thanks to a number of recent infrastructure improvements. The new pricing is as follows: It used to be $4.99 for the 100GB plan …

Netflix Announces 3 New DreamWorks Originals Netflix Announces 3 New DreamWorks Originals

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation just announced three new original series to debut on Netflix later this year: King Jullen, Puss In Boots and Veggie Tales in the House. King Jullen is the lemur from the Madagascar films, and is getting …

Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders Google Wallet Now Keeps Track Of Your Recent Orders

Google has added a new feature to Google Wallet, which automatically keeps track of users’ online purchases. It appears on the Android and iOS apps. It will also notify you about the status of your orders. “Once you activate Orders …

Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired

One of the first three companies to get money from Google Capital announced today that it is being acquired. Learning analytics company Renaissance Learning will be acquired by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion. Google announced the launch of Google …

Google’s ‘Promise-Breaking’ Banner Ads On Search Results Aren’t Happening Google’s ‘Promise-Breaking’ Banner Ads On Search Results Aren’t Happening

Last fall, Google was spotted testing a big banner-style ad in search results. As we know, any of these tests can quickly become real features at any time, but it looks like Google has killed this one. The “banner” appeared …

Yelp Expands Into Mexico (Its 25th Country) Yelp Expands Into Mexico (Its 25th Country)

Yelp announced that it has launched in Mexico. Mexicans can now create accounts on Yelp.com.mx. Business owners should go to biz.yelp.com.mx. This is Yelp’s 25th country across five continents. Last year, it launched in New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Brazil …

Google Redesigns Search Results On Desktop Google Redesigns Search Results On Desktop

Google has been “experimenting” with a new design for its search results pages, which gets rid of the underline on links, increases the font size, and gets rid of the colored boxes around ads in favor of a more organic …

Google Knowledge Graph Takes Tour Dates From Artists’ Official Sites Google Knowledge Graph Takes Tour Dates From Artists’ Official Sites

Google announced today that it will now populate its Knowledge Graph results for musicians with tour dates from the artists’ official websites when they add structured data markup. Google has shown upcoming events for artists for quite some time (and …

Netflix Said To Be Shooting For Fall Launch In France Netflix Said To Be Shooting For Fall Launch In France

We’ve been hearing for months that Netflix has been working on trying to get launches going in France and Germany. Now, it’s looking like at least one of those will become a reality later this year. Variety is reporting that …

Google: Expect Announcement Related To ‘Not Provided’ Google: Expect Announcement Related To ‘Not Provided’

Google’s Amit Singhal had a discussion with Danny Sullivan on stage at SMX West on Tuesday evening. Danny has now shared a section of that (above) in which the controversial “not provided” subject comes up. Singhal says there may soon …

Matt Cutts On How To Get Google To Recognize Your Mobile Pages Matt Cutts On How To Get Google To Recognize Your Mobile Pages

Google has a new “Webmaster Help” video out. This time Matt Cutts discusses optimizing for the mobile web. Specifically, he takes on this submitted question: Is there a way to tell Google there is a mobile version of a page, …

YouTube Is Down For Many Users YouTube Is Down For Many Users

Update: We got this statement from a YouTube spokesperson: “Some people encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. We worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused.” …

Netflix UK, Ireland Subscribers Get ‘Homeland’ And ‘American Horror Story’ Netflix UK, Ireland Subscribers Get ‘Homeland’ And ‘American Horror Story’

Netflix announced that that it is getting the first two seasons of Homeland and American Horror Story exclusively in the UK and Ireland per a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Television. These shows will join other available content from Twentieth …

Google Says Knowledge Graph Is The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ To Your Site’s Corkscrew Google Says Knowledge Graph Is The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ To Your Site’s Corkscrew

With the Knowledge Graph, Google is trying to be the “Swiss Army Knife” to publishers’ corkscrews. That is according to Google SVP and software engineer Amit Singhal, who spoke at SMX West earlier this week. Do you think this is …

Google Thinks You Don’t Want To Know About Its Algorithm Changes Google Thinks You Don’t Want To Know About Its Algorithm Changes

Google, for a little while, used to be more transparent about the changes it made to its algorithm. Then it became much less transparent, and is now saying that people were simply too “bored” to want to know about such …

Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search

We heard last month that Yahoo and Yelp were teaming up to add local business reviews to Yahoo’s local search results. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly revealed the partnership in an employee meeting. These things never stay inside the company. …

Tim Berners-Lee Takes To Google Blog To Call For Advancement Of Open Web Tim Berners-Lee Takes To Google Blog To Call For Advancement Of Open Web

As you may know, today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. Surprisingly, Google is not honoring this with a doodle. Google is, however, honoring it with a guest post from WWW creator Tim Berners-Lee on the Official …

Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games

Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang (along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend) announced the launch of Green Throttle Games roughly a year and a half ago to focus on gaming hardware. Its first project was a controller for Android devices. …

YouTube Embed Code Has A Weird Parenthesis At The End YouTube Embed Code Has A Weird Parenthesis At The End

Writing for the web all day, we tend to use a lot of YouTube embeds. We couldn’t help but notice that today there is a weird issue with the code. It’s adding a single parenthesis at the end: I don’t …

Google Makes Changes To TrueView Ads Google Makes Changes To TrueView Ads

Google announced some upcoming changes to its TrueView video ad formats, which will take effect on April 15th. Google will actually be reducing the number of available TrueView formats from three to two. These will be TrueView in-stream and TrueView …