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Google Expected To Expand ‘Ok, Google’ With ‘Always-On’ Listening On Android Google Expected To Expand ‘Ok, Google’ With ‘Always-On’ Listening On Android

The Moto X lets you search Google without touching the device. It utilizes “always-on” listening, which makes the device more useful when you’re doing other things (like driving). Rumor has it that this type of functionality is coming to the …

Google’s Transparency Called Into Question Again Google’s Transparency Called Into Question Again

Though it’s back in Google’s results now, another company is making headlines for being penalized by Google. This time it’s Vivint, which produces smart thermostats, and competes with Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year. PandoDaily’s James Robinson wrote an …

Press Release Sites Take A Hit In Google’s Rankings Press Release Sites Take A Hit In Google’s Rankings

It would appear that some big name press release distribution sites have taken a hit in Google. Sean Malseed at Seer Interactive pointed out that PRWeb lost over half of its traffic, and dropped out of the first 20 Google …

Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses? Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses?

Early last week, Google pushed out a couple of big algorithm updates: a new version of the so-called “Payday Loans” update and a new generation of the famous/infamous Panda update. Google has been talking up the latter for a while, …

Matt Cutts Talks Google Link Extraction And PageRank Matt Cutts Talks Google Link Extraction And PageRank

In a new video, Matt Cutts, Google’s head of webspam, discussed how Google views two links with different anchor text on one page pointing to the same destination, and how that affects PageRank. The explanation is Cutts’ response to the …

Google To Present New Approach To Take-Down Requests Soon Google To Present New Approach To Take-Down Requests Soon

Earlier this month, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google and other search engines must take requests from people for search results to be deleted. Search engines may not actually delete all results requested, but must …

Google Puts Knowledge Graph Info In Ads Google Puts Knowledge Graph Info In Ads

Google is testing a new feature for search ads, which includes links to popups that contain Knowledge Graph information. It appears to replicate a feature that Google already utilizes in organic results. This was launched in January: Typically, like most …

Bing Is Shutting Down Its Webmaster Forums Bing Is Shutting Down Its Webmaster Forums

Microsoft announced that it is shutting down Bing’s Webmaster Forums as they have apparently not grown in a meaningful way. As of the end of this month or early next month, the Bing Webmaster Community Forum will be no more. …

Google’s eBay Hit Was Apparently Manual Google’s eBay Hit Was Apparently Manual

As reported last week, eBay appeared alongside the biggest apparent losers from Google’s most recent Panda update, which is supposed to be softer than past updates, and make things a little better for smaller sites and businesses. According to reports, …

Google Gives Webmasters New Page Rendering Tool Google Gives Webmasters New Page Rendering Tool

Last week, Google named some JavaScript issues that can negatively impact a site’s search results, and said it would soon be releasing a tool to help webmasters better understand how it renders their site. The tool has now been announced. …

Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future

Back in March, Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo, and said that Google was working on the next generation of the Panda update, which he said would be softer and more friendly to small sites and businesses. …

Rachel Louise Carson Google Doodle Celebrates Environmentalist and ‘Silent Spring’ Author Rachel Louise Carson Google Doodle Celebrates Environmentalist and ‘Silent Spring’ Author

Today, Google is celebrating influential environmentalist Rachel Louise Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring is credited with exposing everyday Americans to the various environmental problems facing the country, and thus sparking the modern day environmental movement. Her work played a …

Google Names JavaScript Issues That Can Negatively Impact Your Search Results, Readies New Webmaster Tool Google Names JavaScript Issues That Can Negatively Impact Your Search Results, Readies New Webmaster Tool

Ever wonder about how Google handling the JavaScript on your site? It’s a common question, as Google’s Matt Cutts has discussed it several times in Webmaster Help videos. Google took to its Webmaster Central blog on Friday to talk about …

Microsoft Announces New Version Of Windows Called ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’ Microsoft Announces New Version Of Windows Called ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’

Microsoft announced on Friday that some lower cost Windows devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Microsoft hardware partners, the company says, will be announcing new Windows devices over the next couple of …

Apple Reportedly Using A Lot More Data Sources For Maps Apple Reportedly Using A Lot More Data Sources For Maps

It looks like Apple has been busy quietly expanding the number of partners it uses for data for Apple Maps. Greg Sterling at Screenwerk reports that Apple has a new copyright page that lists the partners, and that the list …

Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition

Google is on the verge of acquiring Skybox Imaging, a satellite company, for over $1 billion, according to a report from TechCrunch. This isn’t the first time the two companies have been reported to be in talks. The Information reported …

Searchmetrics Lists Winners And Losers Of Google’s New Panda Update Searchmetrics Lists Winners And Losers Of Google’s New Panda Update

As reported earlier this week, Google has launched a new version of the Panda update, which the company has officially dubbed version 4.0. It just happened to come around the same time as another big algorithm update aimed at cleaning …

Google Pushes MetaFilter To Layoffs Google Pushes MetaFilter To Layoffs

Sites fall victim to Google’s algorithms all the time, but this week, one in particular is getting a great deal of attention. MetaFilter, which was a popular web destination years ago (it claims to have still had over 80 million …

‘Ok, Google’ Now Available For All U.S. Chrome Users ‘Ok, Google’ Now Available For All U.S. Chrome Users

Chrome users can now search Google by saying, “Ok, Google” from their desktop browser from the Google homepage or the new tab page. Make sure you have the latest update of the browser, and go to google.com to turn it …

Google Launches Two Algorithm Updates Including New Panda Google Launches Two Algorithm Updates Including New Panda

Google makes changes to its algorithm every day (sometimes multiple changes in one day). When the company actually announces them, you know they’re bigger than the average update, and when one of them is named Panda, it’s going to get …

Mary Anning: Influential Paleontologist Honored with Google Doodle Mary Anning: Influential Paleontologist Honored with Google Doodle

When it comes to paleontology, Mary Anning’s findings provide a bedrock. The British fossil collector and dealer, born in 1799, is said to have helped spark fundamental shifts in scientific thinking when it comes to prehistoric life. And today, Google …