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Google Ditches PageRank in Webmaster Tools
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Google has quietly gotten rid of PageRank in Webmaster Tools. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a thread featuring an explanation from Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Susan Moskwa.

Google Makes it Easier to Tell Where Results Originate From
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Google has begun including geographical region information on some search results. The information is used when supplied by webmasters, and appears in the green address line on the results that include it.

Google to Alert Webmasters of New Software Versions
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Google is going to start letting webmasters know when the software they run on their site is outdated. Through Webmater Tools, Google will begin alerting users of new versions of software when they are released.

Google Launches New Webmaster Tools
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Google has launched a couple of new Labs features for Webmaster Tools. One is "malware details" and the other is "fetch as googlebot."

Google is providing snippets of code from pages it considers malware, in order to help webmasters eliminate the malware on their sites quickly.

Google Alters Site Verification in Webmaster Tools
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Google has made some changes to the way Webmaster Tools users verify their websites.

Before, the user’s verification meta tag was based (partially) on the email address of their Google account, which meant that if they changed the email address in their account settings, their meta tags would also change, and they’d become unverified for any sites that used the old tag. Google has made a new version of the verification meta tag, which is unrelated to the email address to prevent this from happening.

Google Gives Webmasters Another Duplicate Content Eliminator
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Google has added a new way for webmasters to tell it which parameters in URLS, they wish to be ignored. They have added a new feature to Google Webmaster Tools called simply, "Parameter Handling." Google provides the following explanation with the feature:

Google Webmaster Tools Updated With New Features

Google has released an update to Webmaster Tools, with the code name "Summer Shine." The update comes with several new features.

The first new feature is that the site selector now lists all verified sites that the user owns. It also allows the user to search as they type.

On-Demand XML Sitemaps for Custom Search

Google has come up with another nice webmaster tool.

Microsoft Upgrades Live’s Webmaster Tools

Most people think the Webmaster Tools programs as a bit like black holes. You send in a question, concern or idea and nothing ever happens…it just sort of disappears.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the truth is light years away from this thinking.

Witness Live’s revised and expanded WMT program.

Google Debuts Webmaster Tools API
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According to Google Webmaster Central Blog, after numerous requests from Webmasters to integrate Webmaster Tools for third-parties, Google has finally released Webmaster Tools API, a tool that integrates API (Application Programming Interface) into Webmaster Tools.

Webmaster Tools Gadgets for iGoogle Take A Misstep

Most posts on Google’s official blogs tend to either go unnoticed or be well-received.  A recent one announcing the release of Webmaster Tools Gadgets for iGoogle wasn’t so lucky.

Google Offers Festivus For Webmasterus

On Google Webmaster Central Blog and in the post titled "A Festivus for our webmasterus." Google says "If it’s good enough for the Costanzas, it’s good enough for Webmaster Central: it’s time for a Festivus for the rest of us (webmasterus)!"