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EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week

It doesn’t seem like the whole mess that is the “right to be forgotten” is going to be thoroughly sorted out anytime soon, as regulators in Europe are now taking issue with Google’s implementation of the rules it is being …

Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool

Google has released an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools. The tool can be found in the Crawl section. The aim of the new version of the tool is to make it easier to make and maintain a “correct” …

Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In A Lot More Places Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In A Lot More Places

Yelp announced some big news late on Tuesday. They’ve increased the call limit on their API to 25,000 per day, and made it easier for developers to use, in addition to opening it up to all developers for free. In …

Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results

Google is going to start letting mobile searchers know when results include pages that may not work on their devices. On a device that doesn’t support Flash, for example (which includes iOS and Android versions 4.1 and higher), Google will …

Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update

Yelp has been complaining about trying to compete with Google for years now, but recently, it became an official complainant against the company in its ongoing antitrust case in the EU. With that, Yelp must love Google’s new Google Maps …

Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked

As you may know, Google has a group of people called quality raters, who evaluate the quality of sets of search results. Here’s a video of Matt Cutts discussing how Google uses these people: And here he is talking about …

Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility? Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility?

The idea of tech giants like Google being regulated like utilities isn’t a new one, but the topic is back in the public conversation this week, as Germany is considering treating Google and others this way. Should Google be regulated …

Google Webmaster Tools Gets New rel-alternate-hreflang Feature Google Webmaster Tools Gets New rel-alternate-hreflang Feature

Google announced on Monday that it is adding a new feature to Google Webmaster Tools to make it easier to debug rel-alternate-hreflang annotations. These are the attributes Google uses to serve the correct language or regional URL in search results. …

Google Acknowledges What A Mess This Is Google Acknowledges What A Mess This Is

The whole “right to be forgotten” thing is an absolute mess, and Google knows it. Google always knew it would be, which is why it always opposed the concept, but now it has no choice but to comply with law. …

Google Glass Was Made For Search Google Glass Was Made For Search

Babak Parviz, known as the creator of Google Glass, who led the project until Google replaced him with Ivy Ross recently, spoke at the Wearable Technologies Conference this week. He told attendees that Glass is only one answer to what …

Groupon Finds ‘Direct’ Traffic Is Really Organic Search Groupon Finds ‘Direct’ Traffic Is Really Organic Search

Groupon ran an experiment to try and figure out where “direct” traffic that appears in analytics programs is really coming from. Gene McKenna, director of product management at Groupon, wrote a blog post about the findings for Search Engine Land. …

Apple Continues To Distance Itself From Google Apple Continues To Distance Itself From Google

Apple has taken one more step towards distancing itself from Google. The company has now started incorporating its own Apple Maps on the iCloud.com beta site and for the “Find my iPhone” feature. It previously used Google Maps. This is …

‘America’ Director Sends Legal Letter To Google Over Search Results ‘America’ Director Sends Legal Letter To Google Over Search Results

Google has reportedly received a letter from the lawyers of Dinesh D’Souza whose film America is not showing up in search results how they’d like. The Hollywood Reporter obtained the letter, which was sent to Google’s chief legal officer David …

Google Has a Jesus-Shaped Hole in Its Graph Google Has a Jesus-Shaped Hole in Its Graph

We already know that Google hates America, so it should be no surprise that the largest search engine in the world also hates Jesus. Search Engine Roundtable’s Barry Schwartz posted about a thread on the Google Web Search Help forum, …

Google Adds Street View Imagery Of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Google Adds Street View Imagery Of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Google continues to add Street View imagery to more places yet to be mapped. It’s had Street View-style indoor imagery for many places for quite some time, but now it’s doing cruise ships. Google and Royal Caribbean International have partnered …

Matt Cutts Is Disappearing For A While Matt Cutts Is Disappearing For A While

Just ahead of the holiday weekend, Google’s head of webspam Matt Cutts announced that he is taking leave from Google through at least October, which means we shouldn’t be hearing from him (at least about Google) for at least three …

Google Continues Link Network Attack Google Continues Link Network Attack

It would appear that Google’s attack on European link networks is not over (if it ever will be). Google has been penalizing link networks on the Internet with a vengeance over the past year or so, with much of the …

Is Google Search Result Removal Going Too Far? Is Google Search Result Removal Going Too Far?

Of course it is, and of course it will continue to do so. Do you think Google removing results at people’s request is problematic? Share your thoughts in the comments. You probably know the story by now. In May, the …

Google Panda Update Leads To Death Of Yahoo Product Google Panda Update Leads To Death Of Yahoo Product

As you probably know, Google’s Panda update originally targeted content farm sites. Demand Media’s eHow was the poster child, but back in the early Panda days, Yahoo also had such a content network called Associated Content. After Panda, it deleted …

Yahoo Shuts Down A Bunch Of Products Yahoo Shuts Down A Bunch Of Products

Yahoo announced today that it is shutting down a handful of products: Newlook Service, Research Reports, Bookmarks.yahoo.com, People Search, Xobni, Yahoo Toolbar on Chrome, Yahoo Shine, Yahoo Voices, and the Yahoo Contributor Network. These follow the closure of Yahoo Avatars, …

If Links Are Changed Between Crawls, Google Will Apparently Trust Them Less If Links Are Changed Between Crawls, Google Will Apparently Trust Them Less

Here’s a bit of interesting info about how Google views links. Apparently the search engine trusts them less if they’ve been changed. That is according to former Googler Pedro Dias, who used to work on the Search Quality and Webspam …