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Google Updates Messaging For Manual Webspam Actions Google Updates Messaging For Manual Webspam Actions
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Google announced that it is now including examples of problems in its messaging to webmasters who have been hit with manual webspam penalties. Google’s Matt Cutts actually mentioned it in a Q&A session at SMX Advanced on Tuesday night, but …

Smaug: Hobbit Trailer Gives Us First Glimpse Of The Dragon
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Smaug is the central antagonist in The Hobbit. Unfortunately, he wasn’t really seen in last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That will all change with the next film. In the latest teaser for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, …

Mobile Site Speed To Be A Google Ranking Factor? Mobile Site Speed To Be A Google Ranking Factor?
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Google has clearly had it with sites that have lackluster mobile experiences. This week, the company took to its Webmater Central blog to discuss “several ranking changes” it’s preparing for sites not configured for smartphone users. But that’s not all. …

Amelia Earhart’s Plane Actually Spotted in 2010, Claims Lawsuit
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Famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart never completed her 1937 circumnavigation attempt, and her disappearance has continually been one of the most-discussed events of the 20th century. To this day people continue to be fascinated with her story, and it has …

Anna Paquin’s 9-Month Old Twins: Names Continue Flower Tradition

Anna Paquin and “True Blood” co-star/husband Stephen Moyer have worked hard to shield their infant twins from the media glare, and that includes not releasing their names to the public for the first nine months of their lives. At the …

E3: New Pokemon X & Y Details, Trailers Revealed
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Nintendo skipped holding a big E3 conference this year, opting to let Microsoft and Sony battle it out with their new consoles. That doesn’t mean that Nintendo wasn’t at E3, though. Instead of a flashy stage show, the company has …

Google Tests Structured Data Error Reporting In Webmaster Tools Google Tests Structured Data Error Reporting In Webmaster Tools

Google’s Matt Cutts revealed in a Q&A at SMX Advanced on Tuesday night that Google is rolling out a test of a “structured data dashboard,” according to Search Engine Land. Barry Schwartz writes that he announced “a new beta application …

The Order: 1886 Is Sony’s Big New IP For The PS4
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The Order: 1886 sounds like an Assassin’s Creed spinoff. It’s not, but Sony’s new IP for the PS4 will share some similarities with Ubisoft’s series. During Sony’s press conference, The Order: 1886 was the only original IP to be shown …

Whitey Bulger Trial Begins, Juror Falls Asleep
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Whitey Bulger, the infamous Boston gangster whose life has inspired several books and films–including “The Departed”–began his trial today on racketeering and murder charges. The story of how he rose to power over the Winter Hill Gang, allegedly killed 19 …

Google: We Haven’t Updated Panda For A Month And A Half Google: We Haven’t Updated Panda For A Month And A Half

Back in March, Google launched a Panda refresh. This is something they’ve done numerous times since first launching the update back in early 2011. There was something special about this particular refresh, however, because it marked the beginning of a …

Grounded Passengers Cope with Rousing Rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly”
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On an Allegiant flight scheduled from Las Vegas to Phoenix, some delayed passengers, “delirious from heat,” decided to make the best of a bad situation. What did they do? Well, join together and sing R. Kelly’s hit “I Believe I …

Megaman: Super Smash Bros. Adds The Blue Bomber As A Fighter
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Megaman – Super Smash Bros. fans have been clamoring for the Blue Bomber since he missed out on Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was a delight then to see Nintendo highlight Megaman as the first third-party guest character for the …

E-Cigarettes to Get New Regulations in the U.K. E-Cigarettes to Get New Regulations in the U.K.
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The U.K.‘s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) this week clarified that nicotine-containing products (NCPs) such as electronic cigarettes will soon be regulated as medicines. The agency states that the move will help to make the products safer and …

PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts Amid Lost Corporate Revenue PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts Amid Lost Corporate Revenue
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PBS’s nearly four decade-old nightly newscast is about to face some serious cuts. The New York Times reports that an internal memo from PBS NewsHour’s executive producer Linda Winslow indicates that the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will be closing two …

Here’s The Matt Cutts Discussion From SMX Advanced Here’s The Matt Cutts Discussion From SMX Advanced
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Matt Cutts participated in a Q&A session with Danny Sullivan at the SMX Advanced conference. SMX has now made the video available to all via its YouTube channel, so if you couldn’t make the conference, here you go: Cutts discusses …

Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ Biopic Gets August 16th Release Date

After originally being slated for an April 19th release and being delayed, the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, has finally received a new official release date. And you’ll be able to go see it …

Bollywood Arrest In Suicide Of Beautiful Actress
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An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a beautiful, popular Bollywood actress. Suraj Pancholi, the boyfriend of Jiah Khan, was taken into custody on Tuesday and is under suspicion of having aided Khan in killing herself. …

Sen. Jeff Merkley Wants To Make The NSA More Transparent Sen. Jeff Merkley Wants To Make The NSA More Transparent

The NSA has become the talk of the town in Washington after The Guardian leaked a number of documents revealing the extent of the agency’s spy programs. President Obama and a number of senators have voiced their support for the …

Patrick Ewing Signs on as Charlotte Bobcats Assistant Coach

The Charlotte Bobcats this week hired legendary NBA star Patrick Ewing as an assistant coach. According to the Charlotte Observer, the NBA team has hired Ewing to serve as “top” assistant to head coach Steve Clifford. His title will be …

Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live

Facebook’s newest and most efficient and sustainable data center is now live. The data center in Luleå, Sweden has just begun to handle live traffic from around the world, according to Facebook. The Luleå data center is Facebook’s first center …

Jeep/Pool Experiment Goes Horribly Wrong

A viral video showing some Canadians trying to jump an above-ground swimming pool is getting some attention today, especially after the people who posted the video to YouTube said the Jeep still runs fine. Attempting an experiment wherein the Jeep …

Google Goes After ‘Payday Loans’ And Other Spam With New Algorithm Update Google Goes After ‘Payday Loans’ And Other Spam With New Algorithm Update
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Google’s Matt Cutts announced that Google has “started” a new ranking update to help clean up some spammy queries. It’s one of the changes that Cutts warned us about in that big video a while back. We just started a …

Microsoft: No Internet? Stick With Xbox 360.
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Following Microsoft’s big Xbox One reveal three weeks ago, company executives began putting out contradicting and worrying statements about the new console’s DRM and used game policies. Microsoft has since confirmed many of the worst parts of the rumors. The …

Biz Stone’s Jelly Taps Former iPhone and Twitter Engineer for Board Biz Stone’s Jelly Taps Former iPhone and Twitter Engineer for Board

We may not really know what it is yet, but Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s new startup is accumulating talent at a pretty fast clip. Today, Stone announced that Loren Brichter, former Apple engineer who worked on the original iPhone and …