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Stop Working and Go Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

Stop Working and Go Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

By Josh Wolford 10 hours ago

I don’t know if you have important things to get done today, but if not you should probably head over to Google Maps and play some Pac-Man. It’s almost April Fool’s Day, and Google is starting a bit early. The …

Google Says More About Mobile-Friendly Signal Google Says More About Mobile-Friendly Signal

About a month ago, Google announced that it would begin using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal starting on April 21. This gave webmasters some time to prepare to avoid potentially devastating effects in search results. This is a major update …

Google Granted Contact Lens Patent Google Granted Contact Lens Patent

On Tuesday, Google was granted a patent related to the manufacturing of contact lenses. This comes at a time when the company’s approach to Glass is in something of a transition. Google pulled the plug on the first phase of …

Google Fiber Is Coming to Salt Lake City Next Google Fiber Is Coming to Salt Lake City Next

Salt Lake City is the next city that’ll get Google Fiber, the company announced today. “Salt Lake has more than breathtaking mountain vistas and fantastic ski slopes. It also hosts a booming technology sector, world-renowned universities and a vibrant local …

Google's New CFO is Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat Google's New CFO is Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat

Google has found its new CFO. Ruth Porat, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Morgan Stanley, will be joining Google on May 26. She’ll replace outgoing CFO Patrick Pichette, who announced his retirement earlier this month. “We’re tremendously …

Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt

If you think Google Glass is dead, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt would like to tell you you’re wrong. “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt recently told the Wall Street Journal. “We ended the Explorer …

Things To Avoid For Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update Things To Avoid For Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

Last month, Google announced a pair of new mobile-related ranking signals for its search algorithm. One is mobile-friendliness and the other is for content from apps that users have installed on their phones. You can learn more about taking advantage …

Old Report About Old Google Test Ruffles Feathers Old Report About Old Google Test Ruffles Feathers

An algorithm change Google probably only used in a limited test roughly eight years ago is apparently the top story in tech this morning. It will likely give Google’s competitors more talking points, but probably won’t make a lot of …

Bill Slawski On Google's Knowledge And Answers Bill Slawski On Google's Knowledge And Answers

In case you haven’t noticed, Google has changed a lot over the years, and much of the search engine’s focus is on showing users answers and information about what they’re looking for directly on search results pages through things like …

Elon Musk Thinks Driving Could Be Outlawed Elon Musk Thinks Driving Could Be Outlawed

Will there ever come a day when it is actually illegal to get behind the wheel of a car and drive it yourself? Tesla founder and possible Terminator Elon Musk says yes, this is a distinct possibility. Musk made his …

Google: Easy Mobile Forms Are Crucial Google: Easy Mobile Forms Are Crucial

Google has been making a lot of moves to get mobile users a better user experience. As you may know, the company recently announced a pair of ranking signals for this purpose. One that’s already in effect will return in-app …

Android Developers Must Now Get Ratings Android Developers Must Now Get Ratings

Google announced a couple of updates for Google Play, which will affect both developers and users. There’s a new content rating system as well as a new app review process. The content rating system is based on age, and applies …

Google Just Announced Another New Ranking Adjustment Google Just Announced Another New Ranking Adjustment

Google just announced that it is cracking down on doorway pages with a new ranking adjustment, which will launch soon. Do you think doorways pages have been a noticeable problem in search results? Share your thoughts in the comments. Doorway …

Google Deprecates Old Webmaster Tools API Google Deprecates Old Webmaster Tools API

Back in September, Google launched an update to its Webmaster Tools API to make it more consistent with other Google APIs. Those using other APIs from the company would find the new one easier to implement, the company said. Now, …

Is Google Looking Desperate in Firefox? Is Google Looking Desperate in Firefox?

Google is getting louder about wanting Firefox users to switch their default browser back to its search engine. As you may know, Mozilla replaced Google with Yahoo as the default search provider in Firefox in the United States back in …

Should Google Count Company Statements As News? Should Google Count Company Statements As News?

As you’ve probably noticed in the past, Google sometimes includes an “In the News” section in its search results. This points users to a few sources that have newsy information about whatever it is that they searched for. The feature …

Google: Fact-Based Ranking Isn't Already In Use Google: Fact-Based Ranking Isn't Already In Use

A recently released Google research paper has been drawing some attention throughout the search industry. It proposes a signal for ranking search results based upon “the correctness of factual information provides by the source,” rather than links. Do you think …