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Yahoo Mail Gets New Search Features

Yahoo announced the launch of some new search features for Yahoo Mail including easier folder search, refined search, and search suggestions. “Your inbox is the perfect digital memory – from photos to documents, travel plans to shopping orders, events and more, it holds so much information about your personal life,” says product manager Abhinav Anand. “Yet, when you need something …

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‘Marlboro Mascot’ Yields a Funny Google Search Result Thanks to John Oliver

If you search for “Marlboro Mascot’ right now in Google, the first result you’ll see is an cartoon diseased lung smoking a cigarette. That’s Jeff, and according to HBO’s John Oliver, he should be the new Marlboro mascot. Oliver spent Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight skewering Marlboro, along with various other players in the big tobacco game. At …

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Google Facing Another Antitrust Probe – in Russia

Google is facing another antitrust investigation, as Russian search company Yandex has asked the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service to take a look at Google’s practices – specifically relating to Android. Yandex is upset by Google’s bundling of its search engine, as well as other apps in with its Android operating system – which comes equipped on 86 percent of smartphones …

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Google Says You Should Avoid Link Building

You know how you’ve been building links to your website for years, trying to get Google look upon it more favorably? Well, according to Google, you shouldn’t bother doing that. Do you think there’s still value to link building? Let us know in the comments. Nearly an hour into a Google Webmaster Central Office Hours hangout on Friday, Google’s John …

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What Google’s Twitter Deal Means For You

News came out last week that Google and Twitter have struck a new deal to put real-time tweets back into Google’s search index. The companies aren’t providing much in the way of details about the deal at this point, and it’s possible that they never will, but they did confirm the deal, and indicate that it will go into effect …

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Google Starts Returning Quick Medical Facts

Google is about to start displaying more medical information in its Knowledge Graph, enabling users to quickly search and retrieve important health info without necessarily having to click through to other sites. The company says it has been working with a team of doctors led by its own Dr. Kapil Parakh, M.D., MPH, Ph.D. to compile, curate, and review the …

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Site Takes Google Pounding, Reduces Staff

Google updates can have devastating effects on websites that depend on traffic from the search engine to thrive. It’s become clear over the years that it’s not wise to depend on Google or any other one source of traffic, because that source can go away in the blink of an eye, and then you’re stuck with some major problems. We’ve …

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Should Europe’s Search Law Apply To The World?

Late last year, EU regulators in Brussels said they wanted the controversial “Right to be Forgotten” ruling applied to search results on a global basis rather than just in its own jurisdiction as it stands today. In other words, if someone is successfully able to get Google (or other search engines) to remove search results about them from its index …

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Google ‘Update’ Impacts E-Commerce Sites

Google makes adjustments to its search algorithms every day, but sometime last week, it made one that was bigger than the average tweak, and a lot of webmasters took notice. The comments about ranking changes poured into the search forums and other channels, but Google didn’t indicate it had launched a major update like it sometimes does. You can browse …

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Google And Twitter Partner On Search Again

Google and Twitter have finally reached a new deal that will see Google indexing tweets in real time, according to a report from Bloomberg (and apparently confirmed by Re/code). The deal hasn’t been formally announced, and the terms are unknown. The report says tweets will become visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted starting in the first …

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Google Shows Call-To-Action Links For Quick Answer Results From Third-Party Sites

Back in November, people started noticing that Google was showing call-to-action link for some of its quick answer results. The only examples anyone produced at the time came from Google’s own pages. For example, “adwords negative keywords” showed some info drawn from a Google support page, and included a link to “Show me how.” Another example was for the query …

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Firefox Deal Continues To Help Yahoo, Hurt Google

In November, Yahoo and Mozilla entered a partnership that made Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox, replacing Google, which had held the spot for the past decade. The deal showed some great early results for Yahoo in terms of search market share, but the question about whether or not people would switch back to Google remained. So far, it …

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