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Matt Cutts Discusses The Google Algorithm Matt Cutts Discusses The Google Algorithm
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Google has released a new Webmaster Help video in which head of webspam Matt Cutts discusses the Google algorithm and how it ranks results on a page. More specifically, he responds to the following submitted question: Does Google use the …

The British Museum Honored With A Google Doodle On 255th Anniversary The British Museum Honored With A Google Doodle On 255th Anniversary

Google is celebrating the 255th anniversary of the British Museum with a doodle on its homepage in the UK. The museum, established in 1753, opened to the public in 1759, and currently holds a collection of about 8 million objects. …

Google Appeals Fine Over Privacy In France Google Appeals Fine Over Privacy In France

Last week, CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog, fined Google as much as is in its power for what it considers privacy violations. Google is appealing the fine. While the fine is the maximum CNIL can charge Google – 150,000 euros …

EU Gives Google ‘Weeks’ To Offer New Concessions EU Gives Google ‘Weeks’ To Offer New Concessions

The big European Google antitrust probe continues, but may be getting closer to a resolution. Either that or we may be getting closer to formal charges being brought against the Internet giant. Either way, it appears the EU is losing …

Secure Search Is Now On Bing, But It’s Completely Optional For Now Secure Search Is Now On Bing, But It’s Completely Optional For Now

In September of last year, Google began to enable secure search for those who weren’t signed into a Google account. It was seemingly part of an effort to encrypt more of its traffic from the prying eyes of the NSA, …

Microsoft Scroogles Danny Sullivan Out Of A Scroogled Mug Microsoft Scroogles Danny Sullivan Out Of A Scroogled Mug

It looks like Microsoft is “scroogling” the people that are actually buying into its “Scroogled” campaign. Back in November, the company added a Scroogled product page to its online store, where it started selling Scroogled mugs, a Scroogled hat and …

This Is How Dumb We Must Sound To Google This Is How Dumb We Must Sound To Google
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College Humor has put out a pretty humorous video pointing out how stupid search queries would sound if you spoke them aloud to a person. In this case, Google is a person, played by Brian Huskey (NSFW language). CollegeHumor’s Favorite …

Detroit Lions Head Coach Hire Highlights Google’s Struggle With Real Time Detroit Lions Head Coach Hire Highlights Google’s Struggle With Real Time

Once again, Google is showing that its Knowledge Graph does not update fast enough. During the World Series last fall, somebody vandalized the Wikipedia page for the St. Louis Cardinals, calling them a “gay butt sex team”. Wikipedia was quick …

Google Maps Renames Street After Adolf Hitler Google Maps Renames Street After Adolf Hitler

Google Maps reportedly renamed Berlin street Theodor Heuss Platz “Adolf Hitler Platz” in an apparently brief blunder, which wasn’t brief enough to escape the public eye. Nico Hagenburger tweeted a screenshot: I was at Adolf Hitler Square today—as of GoogleMaps. …

Google Tweaks Guidance On Link Schemes Google Tweaks Guidance On Link Schemes
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Google has made a subtle, but noteworthy change to its help center article on link schemes, which is part of its quality guidelines dissuading webmasters from engaging in spammy SEO tactics. Google put out a video last summer about adding …

Biz Stone’s Jelly Launches, And It’s ‘A New Way To Search’ Biz Stone’s Jelly Launches, And It’s ‘A New Way To Search’
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We’ve been hearing little bits about Jelly, the latest startup from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone for about a year, but the product has now been formally introduced. They’re calling it “a new way to search.” More specifically, you take pictures …

Bing Launches Interactive Awards Site For Golden Globes, The Oscars And More Bing Launches Interactive Awards Site For Golden Globes, The Oscars And More

Are you an awards show fan? Do the thought of the Golden Globes just fill you with glee? If that’s the case, you might want to check out what Bing has cooking for this year’s awards show season. Bing announced …

This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp This Guy Wrote 1,712 Yelp Reviews Last Year Alone, Receives Praise From Yelp
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Oakland Yelp user Victor G. received some recognition from Yelp for posting the most reviews of 2013 with a total of 1,712 during the year. That’s a lot of reviews (about five a day). In all, he’s written over 7,000 …

Google Webmaster Tools ‘Search Queries’ Feature Gets Some New Tweaks Google Webmaster Tools ‘Search Queries’ Feature Gets Some New Tweaks
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Google has announced a couple of changes to the Search Queries feature in Webmaster Tools, improving stats for mobile sites and getting rid of rounding. For webmasters who manage mobile sites on separate URLs from the desktop versions (like m.example.com), …

Zora Neale Hurston Gets A Google Doodle Zora Neale Hurston Gets A Google Doodle

Zora Neale Hurston is the subject of a doodle appearing on Google’s homepage today, which marks what would have been the writer and anthropologist’s 123rd birthday. She was born in 1891 in Alabama, and passed away in 1960 in Florida, …

Google Accused Of ‘Double Standard’ Over Rap Genius Penalty Lift Google Accused Of ‘Double Standard’ Over Rap Genius Penalty Lift
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Google is being accused of employing a double standard for its handling of web spam and enabling one penalized site to recover speedily from a manual action. While the search giant has certainly been accused of double standards by angry …

Pinterest Acquires VisualGraph And Its Visual Search Technology Pinterest Acquires VisualGraph And Its Visual Search Technology

Pinterest announced today that it has acquired VisualGraph, an image recognition and visual search technology startup. “VisualGraph’s two employees — founder Kevin Jing and colleague David Liu — will be joining the Pinterest engineering team today,” a spokesperson for Pinterest …

Cutts On What You Might Not Have Noticed About Google’s ‘How Search Works’ Site Cutts On What You Might Not Have Noticed About Google’s ‘How Search Works’ Site
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Google has put out a new Webmaster Help video featuring Matt Cutts talking about some things “you might not have noticed” about the company’s How Search Works site. Google launched this site a little less than a year ago. It’s …

Rap Genius Climbs Out Of Google Penalty Box Rap Genius Climbs Out Of Google Penalty Box
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As you may have heard, lyrics site Rap Genius was hit with a big Google penalty around Christmas time for unnatural linking practices. The site was telling people they could be a “blog affiliate” and get “MASSIVE traffic” when they …

Google Has A Lot To Say About Duplicate Content These Days Google Has A Lot To Say About Duplicate Content These Days
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Duplicate content has been an issue in search engine optimization for many years now, yet there is still a lot of confusion around what you can and can’t do with it, in terms of staying on Google’s good side. In …

Should Apple Move On From Google Search? Should Apple Move On From Google Search?
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Could Apple take on Google in search? Apple has been making some rather interesting moves of late, and some of them are search-related, and lead one to wonder if Apple could legitimately give the search giant a run for its …