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Google Penguin Update: Google Granted Another Possibly Related Patent

Google released the Penguin update a couple weeks ago, in an effort to rid its search engine results of webspam. The update targeted the kinds of things Google has always tried to rid its results of, but the update is supposed to make Google algorithmically better at it. That, combined with the ever-refreshing Panda update, could go a long way …

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‘Likejackers’ Settle Over Facebook Scam

**Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the company named in this settlement. This has been corrected. We apologize for the error. California-based online affiliate marketing company Adscend Media LLC has agreed to pay roughly $100K in court costs, in a settlement with The Washington State Attorney General’s office regarding the spamming of Facebook users. Adscend also agreed …

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Google Penguin Update: Report Spam With Google Docs

You can learn a lot of little helpful tidbits by listening to what Googles head of webspam has to say, and lucky for webmasters, he’s always saying through various channels on the web. This includes YouTube videos, his blog, Google+, Twitter, Google’s official blogs and various forums and comments threads. In case you wondering, according to Cutts (talking on Twitter), …

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Google Penguin Update: Google Has Read, Processed Almost All Spam Reports

Google’s Matt Cutts recently tweeted that people should fill out a form to report post-Penguin spam. “We’re reading feedback,” he said. @mattcuttsMatt CuttsTo report post-Penguin spam, fill out https://t.co/di4RpizN and add “penguin” in the details. We’re reading feedback. 5 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto Cutts indicated in a Twitter conversation today, that Google has read and processed almost all …

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Google Webspam Update: Where’s The Viagra? [Updated]

Update: Viagra.com is back at number one. As you may know, Google launched a new algorithm update, dubbed the Webspam Update. According to Google, it’s designed to keep sites engaging in black hat SEO tactics from ranking. The update is still rolling out, but it’s already been the target of a great deal of criticism. You can just peruse the …

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Computer Researchers and Google Develop an Algorithm to Identify Fake Reviews

Computer Science researchers have teamed up with Google to investigate how SPAM reviews online can be identified automatically and shut down. The research was published by Arjun Mukherjee and Bing Liu from the computer science department of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Natalie Glance, a software designer and engineer at Google. The researchers began by realizing that individuals …

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Twitter Spam Lawsuit Detailed in Court Filings

Last week I reported on the lawsuit Twitter has filed against the companies responsible for making “Twitter marketing” software (i.e. spam software). It claimed in a blog post that taking down those companies would make it harder for spammers who use their software and act as a deterrent for other spammers. Now, the official documents have come to light and …

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President Obama’s Email Tactics Upset Jon Stewart

Worldwide levels of spam email are down, but here in the U.S., many of us are dealing with a serious kind of spam. Presidential incumbent/hopeful spam. While getting frequent emails from politicians asking for money for their campaign is nothing new if you are signed up for their email list, it’s the half flippant, half brutish format of some recent …

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Twitter Sues Spam Tool Creators in Federal Court

Twitter has announced it filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco against companies who provide the tools Twitter spammers use. In a post on the Twitter blog, Twitter said it was filing the suit to prevent spammers from accessing their tools and, they hope, to deter other spammers from making similar software. From the blog post: This morning, we filed …

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Gmail Now Tells You Why An Email Was Marked Spam

Not everyone delves into the dark depths of their Gmail spam folder, but for those that do: Have you ever wondered why Gmail marked a particular email as spam? Now you can easily find out, as each email marked as spam now displays a little message box at the top that explains to you why it was thrust into your …

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Social Media Security Basics Infographic

Social media is more popular than ever, and so are viruses, malware and online scams. The chart below sheds some light upon how important it is for social networking users to stay on top of the basics of online security. With even Ke$ha’s Twitter account being hacked, one can never be too careful when it comes to social media security. …

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Pinterest Falls Victim to Spam Attacks

You cannot deny Pinterest‘s inclusion as a major social media player these days. The company cracked the top 30 in pageviews last week and now has over 100 million Monthly Active Users (MAU) in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, the features that make this site so popular with users also make it very susceptible to spam. On Facebook, you must friend …

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