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Twitter: We’re Not Blocking Porn on Purpose

Twitter, one of the last refuges for uncensored, explicit content in the realm of social media, appears to be blocking certain sexually explicit search results for certain keywords. Searches for words like “porn,” “boobs,” “pussy,” f*cking,” and more currently yield no “Top” results. If you select “All” results, however, you’ll see plenty. There is also a peculiar lack of photo …

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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 November. This led to Yahoo gaining some market share in the months after. Unfortunately for Yahoo, that growth seems to …

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Should Google Show Press Releases 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 used to point users to stories indexed in Google News. It still does that, but last fall, Google started showing …

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Drink Up – Google Wants to Make You a Bartender

No, Google won’t serve you drinks – but it’ll tell you how to make them. Google has added cocktails to the list of instructables it’ll show with the Knowledge Graph – so if you’re wondering how to make a tequila sunrise, Google has your back. Alternatively, you could just put the tequila in a glass and drink it. That’s the …

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Should Facts Outrank Links As A Google Signal?

Google has a new paper out that discusses how it might rank pages based on facts as opposed to links. If this were to become the case, it would represent a huge move for the search engine, which has historically used links as a major indication of relevance. In fact, it was the PageRank algorithm that really put Google on …

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How To Set Up App Indexing For Ranking In Google

Last week, Google made two announcements about how it will rank search results on mobile devices going forward. The one that has received the greatest amount of attention is the inclusion of a mobile-friendly ranking signal, which will go into effect beginning April 21. This gives sites time to make sure their sites meet Googles criteria for being mobile-friendly, and …

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Yahoo’s Search Market Growth Flatlines

In November, Yahoo and Mozilla entered a partnership that made Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox, replacing Google, which had held the spot for the past decade. The deal showed some great early results for Yahoo in terms of search market share, and a month ago, StatCounter provided an update on that front, showing that Google had its lowest …

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How To Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly, According To Google

As you’re probably aware, Google is preparing to launch an algorithm change that includes a signal telling Google sites that are mobile-friendly should get a rankings boost. This will remain just one of many signals Google takes into account when ranking content, but it’s going to be an important one. Is your site already mobile-friendly or do you have some …

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Google Expands Paid Search Into A New, Obvious Place

Google announced the launch of paid search results on Google Play, which will help app makers get their products discovered and help Google add another revenue source. Google is only making the offering available to a limited set of users at first (from a pilot group of advertisers). This will happen over the course of the coming weeks. “App discovery …

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Google Tests B2C Chat From Search Results

Google is testing a new feature for businesses, which would enable them to live chat with prospective customers when the user finds them in search results. The feature appears to have been first spotted by Matt Gibstein, who pointed it out on Twitter. He shows a screenshot of it showing for Dizengoff: Super interesting: @Google search now offering the ability …

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Yahoo Mail Gets New Search Features

Yahoo announced the launch of some new search features for Yahoo Mail including easier folder search, refined search, and search suggestions. “Your inbox is the perfect digital memory – from photos to documents, travel plans to shopping orders, events and more, it holds so much information about your personal life,” says product manager Abhinav Anand. “Yet, when you need something …

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‘Marlboro Mascot’ Yields a Funny Google Search Result Thanks to John Oliver

If you search for “Marlboro Mascot’ right now in Google, the first result you’ll see is an cartoon diseased lung smoking a cigarette. That’s Jeff, and according to HBO’s John Oliver, he should be the new Marlboro mascot. Oliver spent Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight skewering Marlboro, along with various other players in the big tobacco game. At …

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