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Google Fined $2.7 Billion Over Antitrust for Comparison Shopping Service

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:21:30 -0000

The European Commission has fined Google Euros 2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service.

Facebook Shifts Core Mission to Put New Emphasis on Groups

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:55:12 -0000

Facebook made a number of announcements describing a rethinking of the company's core mission, and a new emphasis on Facebook Groups.

"Stack Clash" Privilege Escalation Bug in Unix Operating Systems

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:17 -0000

Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD are all vulnerable.

Firefox 54, Faster, Less Resources

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:13:45 -0000

Will Firefox 54 catch up with other browsers with this latest release?

Snapchat Now Offers Self-Serve Advertising With Snap Publisher Tool

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:33:38 -0000

Snapchat announces it's own self-publishing ad tool.

Instagram Clamps Down on Bots and The Companies Running Them

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:57:00 -0000

Facebook's Instagram has clamped down on the companies with bots that automatically generate followers with the objective of enhancing a profile.

Bing Image Search Removal Seems Slow

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:57:26 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss to apparent slowness to get images removed from Bing Image Search.

Upgrade to HTTPS - Use Relative vs. Absolute Links

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

WebmasterWorld Members discuss absolute or Relative links for HTTPS

New Bing Visual Search Detail View

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:35:00 -0000

Bing has introduced Visual Search which allows you to search on content within an individual image.

What is HTTP/2 and Why You Should Use It

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

HTTP/2 is the first major HTTP protocol update since 1997 when HTTP/1.1 was first published by the IETF. WebmasterWorld Members explain why HTTP/2 should be employed.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - June 2017

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:02:00 -0000

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

NOODP No Longer Supported By Google - Getting a Good Meta Description

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:17:15 -0000

Now that the Open Directory Project, DMOZ, is closed, Google has reminded webmasters that the NOODP tag is now superfluous. That being the case, a good Meta description is even more important.

LinkedIn to Deprecate its Groups API July, 2017

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:33:57 -0000

The Groups API is going away, making automated tools useless for LinkedIn.

2017 State of the Internet Trends Report

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:54:15 -0000

The annual State of the Internet Trends, 2017 is just published and, as usual, shows some global trends that may affect people's marketing decisions.

Google Play Store Apps With Ad Click Malware Downloaded 36.5 Million Times

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:21:09 -0000

Google Play Store game apps with a link to ad click malware discovered by researchers.

Google Ad Hub (beta) Connects User Spending With Ads on its System

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:53:13 -0000

Google's Ads Hub (beta) is being devised by the company to help identify the connection to an online ad through to a consumer purchase which may occur in a retail store.

Internal Anchor Text Causes Wrong Page to Rank in Google?

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:27:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss an interesting effect reported where the internal anchor text on one page causes the wrong page to be ranked in Google.

Supreme Court Ruling Gets Tough on Patent Trolls

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:04:51 -0000

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that patent lawsuits can only be filed in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated.

Analytics is THE Engine of Change

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:40:39 -0000

Analytics has become far, far more than mere tracking and logging.

Facebook Fined by E.U. 110 miln Euros ($122 miln) Over WhatsApp

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:26:04 -0000

The E.U. has fined Facebook 110 million euros, $122 million, for misleading information regarding the acquisition of WhatsApp back in 2014.

Facebook Makes Refunds to Some Advertisers After Finding Another Measurement Bug

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:40:15 -0000

Facebook has discovered a new bug in its ad measurement process, and results in calls for better and more transparent measurements.

At Home with the Robots: 2017 edition

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:04:47 -0000

Comprehensive assessment and record of search engine robots.

Google Tests Dropping First Organic if it's a Featured Snippet in SERPs

Tue, 16 May 2017 03:43:13 -0000

There are reports going round that Google is dropping the result from organic from the featured snippet.

Microsoft Calls For Collective Action Over WannaCrypt Cyberattack

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:37:18 -0000

Microsoft has called for collective action over the WannaCrypt cyberattack which took place in the last few days.

Facebook Changes Algo to Cut Back on Low Quality Content and Ads

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:18:40 -0000

Facebook makes a change to its algo to downgrade low quality content and ads.

Opera Desktop Browser is Reborn

Wed, 10 May 2017 07:13:07 -0000

Opera 45 is released, based on Chromium 58, and ready for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Google AdSense "Ad Balance" Gives Publishers Greater Control Over Ads

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:46:10 -0000

Google AdSense "Ad Balance" new feature will help publishers by giving more control to improve the ads users see, and how those changes affect your earnings.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2017

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:06:40 -0000

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

Google Docs Phishing Scheme Blocked by Google

Thu, 04 May 2017 06:35:31 -0000

The messages often appear to be coming from people you may know. Re-brands to Become Dotdash

Tue, 02 May 2017 12:14:11 -0000, the long-established site, is to get a re-brand as its owners re-brand it to Dotdash.

Twitter Teams up With Bloomberg for 24-Hour Streaming Video News

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:13:20 -0000

Twitter has announced a partnership with Bloomberg for a 24-hour a day video news streaming service.

Blocking Googlebot Correctly and Fully: robots.txt, nofollow

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:26:37 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members assess the correct methods and syntax to block Googlebot from crawling, including robots.txt and nofollow.

Google Announces Quality Improvements to Search

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:13:48 -0000

Google has just announced it's making quality improvements to its search to tackle some of the issues and challenges its been facing.

U.S. Bricks and Mortar Stores Closing at Their Fastest Rate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:12:46 -0000

Ecommerce on its own is not solely to blame.

How do you find links to boost Google rankings?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:58:16 -0000

Back in dinosaur days, you could submit your site to directories and get a bunch of links that actually boosted your Google rankings. Today directory links are so dead that even the DMOZ directory has closed shop. So how do you find and evaluate links to figure out which ones will boost your Google rankings?

10 Vulnerabilities Discovered in over 20 Linksys Smart WiFi Routers Potentially Allowing DoS Attack

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:53 -0000

Linksys have issued a security advisory with a temporary fix while it says it's working on a a firmware update on all affected devices.

Report: Google Plans Ad Blocking in Chrome

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:12:11 -0000

Google Chrome could soon have an ad blocker turned on by default.

Microsoft Authenticator Kills Off the Need For Account Passwords

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:42:01 -0000

Microsoft has killed off the need to remember passwords to access a Microsoft account with its new Authenticator phone logins.

The Ad Blocking Arms Race May Now Be Over

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:01:37 -0000

This one may be a game changer.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:55:57 -0000

Google's Tensor processing AI chips save it from building dozens of new data centers.

Google Search Console: No Links to Your Site Reported, is a Bug

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:27:36 -0000

"Links to your site" section showing no links turns out to be a bug in the Google Search Console.

Google "Fact Check" Tag In News and Search Goes Global

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:57:08 -0000

Google is now extending the "Fact Check" label globally, and in all languages.

Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Released

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:51:21 -0000

Developers can now get the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK.

Mobile Optimized "Twitter Lite" Rolls Out

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:49:55 -0000

Twitter Lite, a mobile optimized version aimed at low bandwidth and slow connections.

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Data Collection and Privacy Controls

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:51:30 -0000

In a move to allay the fears of many that Windows 10 is harvesting user data behind the scenes, Microsoft has said there are important privacy enhancements in the Creators Update.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2017

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:03:47 -0000

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

StatCounter: Android is The World's Most Popular OS

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:39:06 -0000

Android has surpassed Microsoft's Windows operating system to become the World's most popular.

Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others Spend $15 Miln to Combat Declining Trust in News Media

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:19:30 -0000

Combating declining trust in the news media is being tackled through the News Integrity Initiative, formed and funded by a group of businesses and individuals.

CDNs for Webmasters

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:01:54 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss CDNs, configurations, and how to get the best out of it.

Bing Ads Monthly Budgets to Migrate to Daily Budgets During April, 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:40:32 -0000

Bing Ads suggest advertisers move their campaigns to daily budgets before a forced migration takes place.

Amazon Acquires Dubai-Based eCommerce Site, Souq

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:04:49 -0000

Amazon makes it s move into the Middle East with the acquisition of Dubai-based Souq with a deal estimated at $650 million.

Twitter to Start Selling Pre-Roll Video Ads in front of Periscope Videos

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:09:04 -0000

Twitter is to start selling pre-roll video ads ahead of Periscope videos in a move to make a little more money from its service.

Google To Deprecate and Remove Trust From 30,000 Symantec-issued Extended Validation Certificates

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:42 -0000

"Removal of recognition of the Extended Validation status of Symantec issued certificates, until such a time as the community can be assured in the policies and practices of Symantec, but no sooner than one year."

Twitter Considering Enhanced Version of TweetDeck for Professionals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:55:01 -0000

Twitter is mulling over the idea of an enhanced version of TweetDeck for professionals, which may include a monthly subscription.

Hacked Sites up 36pct in the Last Year

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:17:58 -0000

Google reports it detected a 36% increase of hacked sites in 2016, compared to 2015.

Google Reacts to Advertisers Suspending ads on YouTube

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:27:42 -0000

Google says it's expanding "safeguards to advertisers" following advertisers suspending advertising on YouTube.

Approaching Google SEO as a Zero Sum Game

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:17:59 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how and why to approach Google SEO as a zero sum game, or why it is smarter to take a different view.

Google Fred Update Targets Ad Heavy, Low Value Content Sites

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:16:42 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the Google "Fred" update.

Updated Google Rater Guidelines: Fake News, Inaccurate Content and Hate Sites

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:37:14 -0000

Google has just published the latest Google Rater Guidelines, 14 March 2017.

Vimeo Opens Up 360 Video With Revenue Earning Opportunities for Creatives

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:20:27 -0000

Vimeo 360 is now open and will allow uploading of videos up to 8K.

Google's Gary Illyes Names Latest Algo Change: Fred Update

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:19:28 -0000

Perhaps it was a flippant remark, but when a significant update takes place and the SERPs shift, it's always good to give it a name for reference.

SEO Weather vs SEO Climate

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:26:41 -0000

Weather is a snapshot of what you see outside on any one single day.

Statcounter: Android Comes Close to Challenge Windows For Top OS World-Wide

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:05:23 -0000

Android has come very close to surpassing Windows as the world's most popular operating system across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile when combined.

Firefox 52 Released, With WebAssembly Support

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:07:56 -0000

Mozilla has released Firefox 52 with WebAssembly support for 3D video games, CAD, video and image editing, and scientific visualisation to perform much better.

Uniregistry Price Increases of 3000pct For Some New gTLDs

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:01:06 -0000

For instance, it would appear anyone with a .hosting domain who paid and would have renewed at $20, will now have to pay $300.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2017

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:50:43 -0000

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

Google AdSense WordPress Plugin Deprecated

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:15:51 -0000

Google's official AdSense plugin for WordPress will be deprecated from May, 2017.

Snap Inc. Trading 41pct Up, Valuing the Company at $33.6 Billion

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:48:00 -0000

It seems investors were eager to invest in Snapchat.

RIP DMOZ: The Open Directory Project is closing

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:16:56 -0000

WebmasterWorld notes the passing of one of the most important directories on the web

Mobile Page Bounce Rates and New Benchmarks

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:27:12 -0000

New statistics show that load time can significantly affect bounce rates.

Google Exposes IE and Edge Vulnerability "type confusion flaw"

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:31:40 -0000

Google has disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Edge and IE and dubbed it "type confusion flaw."

Mozilla Acquires Read it Later Inc., Developers of Pocket

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:07:25 -0000

Mozilla has announced the acquisition of Read it later Inc., the developers of Pocket.

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.