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Google: Page Speed Affects Rankings In 1 Out Of 100 Searches Google: Page Speed Affects Rankings In 1 Out Of 100 Searches
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With PubCon going on, Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted out a link to what he calls “a special webmaster video for #pubcon”. It’s about how Google determines page speed. Specifically, it’s Matt’s response to a user question: “How does Google determine …

Design Is Still An Important Aspect of Blogging Design Is Still An Important Aspect of Blogging
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Yes, a blog is only successful as its content, but if your platform looks like a joke, it really won’t matter how good the content your presenting is. In other words, design is still, and will always be, an important …

Blogger Bloggers Can Customize Dynamic Views Blogger Bloggers Can Customize Dynamic Views
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About a month ago, Google launched Dyanmic Views for Blogger. This is an interesting concept that allows viewers of Blogger blogs to change the way the blog looks as they read it, giving the user more control over the look …

iPhone 5 Rumor: Design Prototype Has Larger Screen, Thinner Frame iPhone 5 Rumor: Design Prototype Has Larger Screen, Thinner Frame
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If you think that you’ve been following the swirls of rumors surrounding the possible new design of the iPhone 5, just wait until you see what the folks over at BENM.at have done. Using all of the most relevant hints …

Google Launches Blogger Dynamic Views Google Launches Blogger Dynamic Views
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Google launched what it calls “Dyanmic Views” for its blogging platform Blogger, which gives users seven new ways to display their blogs. The seven views are: Classic, Flipcard, Magazine, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide. The following video shows them off: …

Did Facebook Copy Twitter’s iOS App? Did Facebook Copy Twitter’s iOS App?
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Earlier this week, Facebook released an update for their iOS app. Version 3.5 now allows Facebook users to tag people in posts, add their location, and tool single-post privacy settings on the go. Along with those functionality changes, it also …

Netflix Redesign Rubs Many Users the Wrong Way Netflix Redesign Rubs Many Users the Wrong Way
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Popular movie service Netflix has undergone a redesign, and it while it’s certainly not unanimous, the overwhelming majority of users (at least on Twitter and in Netflix’s blog comments) do not like it. What do you think of the Netflix …

Google Instant Previews Now Support Flash Google Instant Previews Now Support Flash
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Back in November, Google launched its Instant Previews feature for search results, which allow users to view a preview of a site before actually clicking on it to visit it. I’m curious as to how often these actually get used, …

Google Doodle Celebrates Robert Bunsen with Animation Google Doodle Celebrates Robert Bunsen with Animation
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We don’t cover every doodle that Google does. There are so many of them that it seems almost pointless, but sometimes certain ones that stand out to us we deem worthy of more attention. The PAC-MAN Doodle for example, was …

Photoshop for iPad Demoed By Adobe Photoshop for iPad Demoed By Adobe

Adobe already has Photoshop Express available for iPad and iPhone (previously photoshop.com mobile). This is, however, only a light-weight version of the software greatly lacking in features comapared to the full Photoshop experience. That’s all going to change soon. Adobe …

Foner Books – Another Victim of the Google Update
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We’re hearing a lot of interesting stories regarding the fallout of Google’s recent search algorithm update, which was aimed at reducing the rankings of lower quality content. We noticed Morris Rosenthal,owner of Foner Books had some grievances, expressed on his blog. We reached out to hear more of his story, and he was happy to share quite a bit. 

Google Launches New Preview Feature for Font Directory
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Google has launched a new feature for its font directory that lets users preview fonts and generates code to use them. The font directory contains fonts that are part of Google’s font API.

Google’s Blogger Users Can Now Customize Their Designs
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Update: Google has announced tah the Blogger Template Designer is now available to all (not just Blogger in Draft).

Original Article: Google has launched the Blogger Template Designer, a way to customize the look and feel of your Blogger blog.

The Google Redesigns That Could’ve Been
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Google Senior User Experience Designer Jon Wiley posted an explanation of the new Google redesign from a design perspective today. He talks about how other elements of the Google experience were made simpler to lighten the load as the left panel got more complex.

Twitter Tests New Home Page
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Twitter is testing a new home page, aimed at showing more of the information that "flows through Twitter."

"This builds on a series of changes starting last year when we redesigned the homepage to make search and trending topics more visible and easily accessible to everyone," says Twitter Designer Doug Bowman. "With that version, we brought the power of search.twitter.com to the homepage and let people explore the value of Twitter without an account."

Google Tool Shows Where the Eyeballs Go on Your Site
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Google has launched a new Google Labs experiment called Browser Size, which is a tool aimed at helping webmasters see how others view their site. Google’s official description of the tool says:

Ever wondered what parts of your site can’t be seen without scrolling? Browser Size shows you what portion of users can see a give spot on the screen. This is not screen resolution but the area available to the browser – as gathered from www.google.com users.

Here is what it looks like:

Gmail Gives Users New Default Text Styling Feature

Google has introduced a new Gmail Labs feature, which gives Gmail users control over the default style of their text. In other words, you can set how you like your text to appear normally, and it will automatically appear that way.

New AOL (or is it Aol.?) Logo Revealed
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AOL has shown off a new logo, which it considers a significant part of its new "brand identity." That is of course to go with its newfound independence from Time Warner. The logo is simple. Aol. That’s it – capital A, lower-case o, lower case l, and a period.

Google May Take Over More Design Jobs
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Web designers beware. Google is expanding its templates for Google Sites, which is part of Google Apps, and the company is really pushing Google Apps these days. What this means is that as more businesses adopt Google Apps and find a wider variety of site templates to choose from, the less they may need the services of web designers for basic design work (developers are a different story).

Employee Fired From American Airlines For Transparent Email

What is it with airlines?

If they’re not breaking guitars, their pilots are missing airports, or they’re berating people that are trying to help them.

StumbleUpon Integrating More Social Aspects Into Redesign

Earlier this month, StumbleUpon started showcasing their new homepage design, when they touted their “Google + Twitter” social search. Now they’ve gone through the rest of the site to make it more consistent (less customizable), easy to understand and streamlined.