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Spam’s 75th Birthday: Deep Down, You Know You Love It

Spam’s 75th birthday is a cause for celebration. Seriously! Anyone who has a complete and utter disregard for the edible substances they stuff into their gaping maws can attest to the incomparable joy associated with jamming this delicious mystery meat into their bellies. I have been a fan of the canned ham since I was a child, and because my …

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Android Spam Botnet Could Be the First of Its Kind

Android users, take note: There’s a malicious botnet currently in operation that could be using your device to send out bogus spam emails to thousands of unsuspecting individuals. The discovery was made by a Microsoft researcher who unearthed several “spam samples” that were coming from compromised Yahoo! accounts. What was particularly alarming about this discovery was the fact that the …

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Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?

It’s no secret that most consumers aren’t exactly fond of online ads, especially pop-up ones. While there are some very “bad ads” that could result in serious damage to consumers, a lot of online advertisements are perfectly safe and actually have a lot of benefits. In fact, online advertising is the Internet’s #1 source of revenue. It is for this …

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Reddit Responds to Domain Ban Backlash

Yesterday it was reported that some publications began criticizing Reddit, the democratized social sharing forum, for banning certain domains from being posted to its website. The banned domains included respected publications such as The Atlantic and Phys.org. The reason for the domain bans was not made explicit, but it was stated that the banned domains were caught by Reddit moderators …

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Reddit Bans “High-Quality” Domains That Game its Website

Reddit is one of the most popular content, link, and news sharing sites on the internet. Members of the site “upvote” or “downvote” posts, allowing the best content to rise to the top and be seen prominently. That’s the way it is supposed to work, anyway. Sometimes, though, other websites cheat to make sure their content is featured highly on …

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Spammers Make Up 40% of the Social Web

Online security firm Impermium has just reported that up to 40% of all social media accounts are created by spammers, and this number has doubled over the last six months. Spammers exploit the sharing features on social networks to spread their wares, and ‘clickjacking’ and ‘likejacking’ are rampant. Facebook describes clickjacking in its help center: Certain malicious websites contain code …

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Is DuckDuckGo Gaining Ground on Google?

In recent years, the search industry has not changed a lot in terms of large players. Google has maintained the leader position with its ownership of nearly 70 percent of search market share. The #2 and #3 spots have changed slightly after the Microsoft-Yahoo Search Alliance in 2009. According to the most recent Experian-Hitwise statistics, Bing-powered search has risen to 30 percent.

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Amazon Eliminates Kindle Store Spam

Amazon has announce that they will finally call an end to junk content on the Kindle Store, including things that are available for free on the internet. This includes public domain titles and “fast cash” internet garbage. They have set new rules for public domain and “other non-exclusive content”. Amazon made the announcement through an email to Seth Godin at …

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Gooey Search: Kickstarter Project Claims To Be Google On Steroids (With Privacy)

There’s an interesting Kickstarter project called Gooey Search, which bills itself as “Google on Steroids with Privacy”. It was developed by a small software company called Visual Purple. The tool comes in the form of an iPad app, as well as a Firefox add-on. I would assume it would be expanded to other platforms, should it reach its funding goal. …

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Matt Cutts Shares Something You Should Know About Old Links

Google’s Matt Cutts has put out a new Webmaster Help video discussing something that’s probably on a lot of webmasters’ minds these days: what if you linked to a good piece of content, but at some point, that content turned spammy, and your site is still linking to it? In light of all the link warnings Google has been sending …

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Comment Spammers: These Links Are Not Helping You

In light of Google’s Penguin update, it seems like a good time to suggest that you don’t spam blog comments. Even if you’re not technically spamming, and are leaving semi-thoughtful comments (but your ultimate goal is to get a link), it’s very likely that the blog you’re commenting on implements the nofollow attribute on comment links, which keeps the links …

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SEOmoz Takes On Webspam With Ambitious Project, Talks Penguin Update

SEOmoz is working on a new spam research project aimed at classifying, identifying and removing (or at least limiting) the link juice that spam pages and sites can pass – a pretty ambitious goal, to say the least. Can SEOmoz do this better than Google itself? CEO Rand Fishkin announced the project on Google+ Monday evening, acknowledging that his company …

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