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Facebook Tests Ads in Publisher Videos

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:18 -0000

Facebook is testing mid-roll ads in videos, splitting the revenues between publisher and Facebook.

CloudFlare Bug: Private Sessions and Personal Information Exposed - CloudBleed Bug

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:59:09 -0000

Compared to the Heartbleed bug of 2014, Google's researchers discovered that people's private sessions and personal information could be seen by strangers, or by thieves.

SHA-1 Defeated, Google Urges Movement to Cryptographic hashes such as SHA-256 and SHA-3

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:21:43 -0000

CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google create a practical attack on SHA-1 and advocate that the protocol should no longer be considered secure.

Google "Perspective" Machine Learning To Hide Toxic Comments

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:19:11 -0000

A division of Google, Jigsaw, has developed a machine learning technology, dubbed "Perspective", helps automatically moderate abusive comments from user generated content.

Yahoo and Verizon Deal Cut by $350 Million to $4.48 billion

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:34:12 -0000

Yahoo and Verizon have agreed to cut the price by up to $350 million.

Feb 7, 2017 Google Algorithm Update - Studies Suggest it was Phantom

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:32:37 -0000

As discussed in our Feb Google Updates thread and also noted in both articles... the update was major, accompanied by wide ranking swings.

Bing and Google Agree to Demote Pirated Music and Movie Sites in UK

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:54:22 -0000

Bing and Google have agreed to demote pirate content sites in UK SERPs.

What Will Happen If I Don't Switch to HTTPS?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the implications of not switching to HTTPS.

New JavaScript Code Could Make Drive-By Exploits Much Worse

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:18 -0000

A simple JavaScript code could make drive-by exploits far worse.

Microsoft Delays Patch Tuesday for a Month

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:43:52 -0000

February's patch Tuesday update from Microsoft has been delayed until March.

Report: Verizon Wants $250 Million Off the Yahoo Deal

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0000

The amount and the liability are the only issues at stake here, i'm sure.

Understanding the Google Image Search Traffic Drops

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:43:26 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the recent changes to Google image search which resulted in traffic declines.

Bot Building Now Easier With New Bing Intelligence Services

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:08:48 -0000

Bing explains more about its new intelligence services for use with the Microsoft Bot Framework.

Google AdSense General Category Blocking: New Categories

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:41:01 -0000

Those of you using Google's General Category Blocking for AdSense will be pleased to know that it now gets quite a few additional categories.

Important Wordpress Update to 4.7.1

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:15:03 -0000

Estimates suggest more than 1.5 million sites defaced thanks to not updating their Wordpress installation.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 Gets Picture in Picture

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:29:24 -0000

Microsoft has a new Insider preview build 15031 which offers picture in picture capability.

Google GSC and Google Data Studio Connector Improved

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:28:34 -0000

Google has improved its Search Console to Data Studio connectivity making it easier to pull data into Data Studio.

Twitter Takes Further Steps to Help Stop Abuse and Improve Safety

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:28:43 -0000

Twitter is to allow users to hide abusive tweets in conversations, is developing safe search, and has new tools to help stop banned users from opening new accounts.

Anonymous Takes Down 10,613 Dark Web Portals

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:06:10 -0000

Sites defaced, and a complete list published online.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - February 2017

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:03:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

FCC Halts Investigation of Zero-Rating - Net Neutrality Gone

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:23:08 -0000

FCC's new chairman ends the agency's investigations into companies for giving away free stuff.

Pinterest to Roll Out PPC Search Ads

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:58:43 -0000

Pinterest says it has around 2 billion searches per month and it wants to take advantage of that by offering PPC search ads.

Facebook Q4 Revenue $8.81 Bln, Monthly Active Users Reach 1.86 Bln

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:58:06 -0000

Facebook beat expectations in its Q4 revenues reaching $8.809 billion, against $5.841 billion a year ago.

Over 50pct of Web Pages Loaded by Firefox are Using HTTPS

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:02:45 -0000

Yes, that's correct, the stats show it.

Domain Name Leasing

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:16:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss leased or lease-purchased a domains.

Server Farms - January 2017

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 03:43:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld's collation of data center IP ranges as they are discovered or change in the rapidly evolving assigned IP landscape.

Chrome 56, HTML5, "Not Secure" and 28pct Faster Reload Capability

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:07:07 -0000

Google Chrome 56 comes with the full HTML5 implementation, and the long expected site "not secure" notifications.

Facebook adds support for hardware security keys

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:41:44 -0000

Starting today, you can register a physical security key to your account

Google Reports on AdWords Bad Advertising Practices 2016

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:34:24 -0000

Google's annual report of bad ads, bad practices, and bad actors, has, once again, highlighted that fact that this is an ongoing problem.

Bing Ads Automated Import Tool Lets You Sync With Google AdWords

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:03:39 -0000

Bing will now let you synchronise your Google AdWords to Bing Ads.

Up to 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts Discovered in one Network

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:36:56 -0000

Researchers say they uncovered a number of large fake account networks, with one having up to 350,000 accounts linked.

Yahoo Q4 Revenue $1.469 Billion, With Annual Revenue $5.169 Billion

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:34:30 -0000

Shares were up on the better than expected results.

Report: Yahoo Faces Investigation By U.S. S.E.C. Over Data Breaches

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:44:16 -0000

Yahoo could be facing investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to declare the data breach sooner.

LinkedIn Launches New Desktop Design

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:52:18 -0000

LinkedIn has launched a new design which fronts a "complete overhaul" of its technology and architecture.

Matt Cutts officially leaves Google, stays with US Digital Service

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:02:04 -0000

It's official... Matt Cutts has left Google.

Google+ Adds Events and "Turns Down" On The Web January 24

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:47:48 -0000

Google continues to revamp Google+ and it's adding events, and, using its own words, "its time to say goodbye to classic Google+ on the web, which we'll be turning down on January 24."

RIP Google link: operator

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:43:05 -0000

It's long been known that the link operator in Google was ineffective, so it'll come as no surprise that it's no longer live in a Google search.

Google Mobile Interstitial Ad Penalty: Monitoring the Impact

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:41:05 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members are monitoring and discussing the impact of the Google mobile interstitial ad penalty as it rolls out.

Opera Shows off Experimental Browser, "Neon"

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:42:58 -0000

Opera has shown off an experimental browser called Neon.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:27:38 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

EU Wakes Up To Annoyance of "Cookie Law"

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:26:55 -0000

That annoying EU directive over cookies is being reconsidered, at last, and cookie provision streamlining is proposed.

Facebook Reaches Out to Journalists with its Journalism Project

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:14:02 -0000

Facebook is reaching out to journalists with its Journalism Project to enhance ties between it and the news industry, and to combat fake news.

Microsoft Adds Privacy Dashboard

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:44:27 -0000

Microsoft has introduced a web-based privacy dashboard to help combat criticism over Windows 10 privacy policies.

Part of Yahoo to Rename to Altaba Inc., Marissa Mayer To Resign From Yahoo's Board

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:56:50 -0000

According to an SEC filing, the remaining part of Yahoo is to rename to Altaba Inc. upon closing of the sale, and the board to be reduced by five, including the departure of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO.

Google AdSense Ad Balance Slider Review

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:26:05 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members review and discuss the Google AdSense ad balance slider which was devised to focus on a publisher's best performing ads.

Vine Becomes Vine Camera on January 17

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:41:49 -0000

Vine Camera will allow looping videos to be posted to twitter.

Is Sitecore Worth the Cost? A Perspective

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:37:25 -0000

Working with Sitecore, from a user perspective.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:38:43 -0000

Greetings to all for a terrific 2017.

Keywords - Outdated or Still Critical?

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:16:08 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss keywords: Are they still critical to your SEO success or are they deprecated?

Vivaldi Browser Adds a Series of Tab-Related Improvements

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:02:00 -0000

Vivaldi 1.6 for Mac, Windows and Linux add tab-related management and notification features.

Firefox Support Windows XP and Vista Ends September 2017

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:25:54 -0000

Mozilla has drawn a line in the sand for the end of Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista.

Are Search Results Being Throttled?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:22:15 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the possibility of search results being throttled for traffic.

Methbot: Video-Watching Botnet Steals Millions of Dollars a Day

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:14:43 -0000

Ad watching bot shows signs of "engagement" fooling advertisers it's legitimate users on sites.

Good Old Fashion Checklist SEO for 2017

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:03:36 -0000

Here is a new SEO checklist to help you rank in 2017.

Bing Webmaster Tools Design Update

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:54:04 -0000

Bing has tweaked its Webmaster Tools UI with some improvements.

Yahoo New Hack: 1 Billion Accounts Including Names, Emails, Telephone and Birth Dates

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:12:28 -0000

Yahoo was hit with another hack in August 2013 of over 1 billion accounts.

Microsoft Announces Cortana Skills Kit and Cortana Devices SDK

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:16:49 -0000

Microsoft announced the Cortana Skills Kit and Cortana Devices SDK for Developers and OEMs.

The Next Phase of Mobile Dominance is Just Starting

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:38:42 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss where next, and how to capitalise on the power of a smartphone.

Google AdSense: Publisher Experiments to Reduce Accidental Clicks

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:37:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld members experiment with ad margins to help reduce accidental clicks.

Microsoft Outlines its Immediate Plans for LinkedIn Now Acquisition Gets Regulatory Clearance

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:06:28 -0000

Microsoft's CEO, Sataya Nadella, outlines some of the immediate plans for LinkedIn.

Google Removes "In The News" From Desktop Search over "Fake News" Criticism Renames it "Top Stories"

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:58:57 -0000

Google renames "In the News" to "Top Stories"

US Congress passes legislation over ticket-grabbing bots

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:30:46 -0000

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation to "crack down" on those using bots to snatch tickets.

Google AdSense: Is it Doing Enough to Stop Spam Ads

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:58:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld members discuss the challenge of dealing with spammy ads in the review center.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:28 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Should We Still be Concerned About "Bad" Links?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:23:10 -0000

WebmasterWorld members discuss whether "bad" links should be a concern, and how to better develop linking strategies.

Phishing Botnet Taken Down and 800,000 Domains Seized

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:35:27 -0000

"largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures..."

Firefox Zero-Day Exploit Reveals Tor Users' Identity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:45:00 -0000

The vulnerability is being used to reveal the identity of Tor users'.

The Stress-Less Way to Move to HTTPS

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss whether the stress involved in moving to HTTPS is worth it, and talk about the tips and tricks to make it all easier.

Amazon Deletes 500,000 "Incentivized" Reviews

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:11:00 -0000

In a little over a month the company has made good and is doing more than prohibiting, it's deleting "incentivized" reviews.

E.U. Proposals For Ecommerce Payments Will Require Extra Security Checks

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:19:00 -0000

The European Union's "Payment Services Directive 2" proposal includes making consumers go through additional security measures.

Google Extends Rich Cards to Include Local Restaurants and Online Courses

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:52:03 -0000

Google adds two new verticals to the Rich Cards.

Facebook Winds Down Ad Serving on Atlas

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:33:59 -0000

Facebook's Atlas ad serving is to be wound down over the coming months.

Australian AdSense Login Problem

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:43:55 -0000

AdSense log in problem for Australian publishers.

Facebook to Fix Metrics Bugs in Insights

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:58:00 -0000

Facebook has said the Page Insights metrics had a bug in the system since May 2016.

Microsoft Takes Platinum Membership at The Linux Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:31:18 -0000

Microsoft is joining The Linux Foundation with Platinum membership.