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When Was the First Parachute Jump? Google Celebrates 1797 Feat with Doodle When Was the First Parachute Jump? Google Celebrates 1797 Feat with Doodle

Today, Google is devoting its homepage to André-Jacques Garnerin, a French balloonist who is credited with taking the first plunge in a frameless parachute. The doodle recalls the famous jump, which took place over Paris’ Parc Monceau in 1797. On …

Wikipedia Shuts Down Hundreds Of Accounts For Paid Edits Wikipedia Shuts Down Hundreds Of Accounts For Paid Edits
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Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced today that over 250 Wikipedia accounts have been blocked or banned as editors investigate accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. “The Wikimedia Foundation takes this …

Celia Cruz, ‘Queen of Salsa,’ Gets a Google Doodle Celia Cruz, ‘Queen of Salsa,’ Gets a Google Doodle
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Today, Google is honoring the Queen of Salsa with a homepage doodle that her estate is calling “important and far-reaching.” Celia Cruz, La Guarachera de Cuba, would have turned 88 today. The Havana-born singer died on July 16th, 2003 of …

Could Google’s SafeSearch Be Costing You Traffic By Filtering Your Safe Images? Could Google’s SafeSearch Be Costing You Traffic By Filtering Your Safe Images?
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There’s an interesting thread in WebmasterWorld, in which one webmaster claims that Google is filtering non-explicit image results from their site when SafeSearch is selected. Have you noticed Google filtering safe results with SafeSearch? Let us know in the comments. …

Google Autocomplete Misogyny Serves as the Focal Point for These Powerful Ads Google Autocomplete Misogyny Serves as the Focal Point for These Powerful Ads
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Google autocomplete, for all its various detractors, is simply a reflection of the people. Google’s not picking what it suggests to you when you start typing a query – you are. Well, maybe not you entirely. Google’s autocomplete suggestions are …

Here’s How Bing Smart Search Works In Windows 8.1 Here’s How Bing Smart Search Works In Windows 8.1
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Windows 8.1 is the first product to be delivered under the “One Microsoft” ideology that outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer referred to when outlining the company’s restructuring plan. In essence, all of the teams at Microsoft contributed to make Windows 8.1 …

Did Google Make The Right Call With This Algorithm Change? Did Google Make The Right Call With This Algorithm Change?
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Google recently launched an update to its algorithm to take action against sites that post mugshots of people, and charge money to have them removed. While the move could go a long way in keeping people’s online reputations from suffering …

How Google Evaluates The Merit Of A Guest Blog Post How Google Evaluates The Merit Of A Guest Blog Post
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It’s Matt Cutts video time again. This time, he answers the question: “How can I guest blog without it looking like I pay for links?” “Let’s talk about, for example, whenever we get a spam report, and we dig into …

Bank Robbers Google ‘What Happens If You Rob a Bank’ Because of Course They Did Bank Robbers Google ‘What Happens If You Rob a Bank’ Because of Course They Did
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There’s a joke out there that most internet users would rather die that have their Google search history revealed to the public. Or, there’s a version where the final request from a dying man is “bro, please delete my search …

Researchers Argue That Unavailability, Not Search Engines, Lead To Piracy Researchers Argue That Unavailability, Not Search Engines, Lead To Piracy
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Every few months, the MPAA comes out of the woodwork to claim Google’s search results encourage piracy. According to their logic, the prevalence of illegal sources on Google’s front page indicates that something is wrong. Now a group of researchers …

Matt Cutts Talks Having Eggs In Different Baskets Matt Cutts Talks Having Eggs In Different Baskets
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In today’s Webmaster Help video, Google’s Matt Cutts has to explain that Google always adjusts its search results, and always has, and why you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s times like this when one realizes that …

Google Now Has A Tip Calculator In Search Google Now Has A Tip Calculator In Search
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Google revealed in a Google+ post on Friday that it has a tip calculator tool that you can access when you enter a question about what a tip should be on a bill of a certain amount. It also works …

Google Hummingbird And Structured Data: Is There A Connection? Google Hummingbird And Structured Data: Is There A Connection?
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There has been a lot written about Google’s Hummingbird algorithm since it was announced. Unfortunately, very little of it comes in the form of reliable facts that really give anybody a solid understanding of what they can do to help …

Bing Gets Snapshots From Klout In Search Results Bing Gets Snapshots From Klout In Search Results

Klout announced an extension of its partnership with Bing today with the launch of Klout-verified snapshots in Bing search results. Klout’s Paul Kim and Genevieve Lydstone explain, “From the beginning of Klout, we’ve been focused on helping people better understand …

Breaking Bad Costumes Will Be Everywhere This Halloween, Google Confirms It Breaking Bad Costumes Will Be Everywhere This Halloween, Google Confirms It
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Google has just confirmed what we already know to be true. There are going to be sooo many Breaking Bad-themed costumes this Halloween. Google shopping has just released their list of top trending costume searches, and “Breaking Bad costume” takes …

Matt Cutts On Geo-location: Just Treat Googlebot Like Every Other User Matt Cutts On Geo-location: Just Treat Googlebot Like Every Other User

In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts responds to a question about geo-location: Using geo-detection techniques is against Google, I am offering the useful information (price, USPs) to the users based on the geo-location. Will Google consider this …

Google Maps Gets Directions For Multiple Destinations, Reservations, Upcoming Events Google Maps Gets Directions For Multiple Destinations, Reservations, Upcoming Events
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Google announced today that it is adding directions for multiple destinations to the new Google Maps preview, which has been available for the past three months. The feature is rolling out today. Apparently this has been one of the most …

Google Adds TV Show Listings To Knowledge Graph (Including A Few Netflix Titles) Google Adds TV Show Listings To Knowledge Graph (Including A Few Netflix Titles)

Google announced that it has added info about specific episodes of TV shows to its Knowledge Graph results. Now when you search for a show, you’ll see episodes listed in the “knowledge panels,” with their numbers, titles and air dates. …

Google Penguin Update 2.1 Is Bigger Than Your Average Penguin Refresh Google Penguin Update 2.1 Is Bigger Than Your Average Penguin Refresh
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Google’s Matt Cutts announced late on Friday that Penguin 2.1 was launching, affecting roughly 1% of searches “to a noticeable degree.” Did you notice? Has the update had any impact on your own rankings (positive or negative)? Let us know …

Matt Cutts Tells You Why Your Site’s PageRank Isn’t Changing (Kind Of) Matt Cutts Tells You Why Your Site’s PageRank Isn’t Changing (Kind Of)
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The question of whether or not Google Toolbar PageRank is dead has come back around, as Google’s Matt Cutts indicated the other day that we’re not likely to see an update before the end of the year. This Twitter exchange …

SEO That Helped NYT Investigate Mugshot Sites Shares Further Insights Into Their Rankings SEO That Helped NYT Investigate Mugshot Sites Shares Further Insights Into Their Rankings
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In case you haven’t heard by now, Google pushed out an update late last week aimed at demoting shady sites that prey on people who have publicly available mugshots, and charge them to have the images removed. The New York …