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  • 2020-01-13
    Update Picard - Google Main Algo Update
    None of the analytics rank watchers have yet to go off in any meaningful way. Most assume the the first algo update of the year is to correct issues with the last update. Going all the way back to the Florida, Google often has a way of messing with the algo late in the year and correcting it in the spring. Some have speculated that the fall updates are intended to drive PPC traffic around Christmas shopping and January/Feb updates roll that back to fix results.


  • 2020-01-09
    Google Starts Selling Android Search Default To Highest Bidders in Europe
    A look at who Google is selling the default search position for new installs on Android phones...


  • 2020-01-09
    Critical Security Vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 72.0.1
    Update now as the exploit is in-the-wild.


  • 2020-01-06
    Twitter Promoted Trend Spotlight Ads Now Generally Available
    Twitter makes Promoted Trend Spotlight ads generally available.


  • 2020-01-03
    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Starts in 2020
    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) starts in January 2020.


  • 2020-01-01
    Happy New Year!
    Happy and healthy 2020.


  • 2019-12-17
    Bing Announces new bingbot user-agents
    Bing to start the transition to a new bingbot user-agent, first for sites which require it for rendering and then gradually and carefully to all sites.


  • 2019-12-17
    ICANN to Review Sale of .ORG Registry by PIR
    ICANN has confirmed it is to review the sale by PIR of .ORG to Ethos Capital


  • 2019-12-16
    Executive Resigns Over $50 Million IPv4 Addresses Sold on Black Market
    "Mr. Byauhangas resignation letter did not mention specific reasons, though no one would be blamed to think the two events are related."


  • 2019-12-13
    U.S. F.T.C. Antitrust Concerns over Facebook App Integration
    The U.S. Federal Trade commission is ready to ask a court to stop Facebook from further integration of its apps WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger


  • 2019-12-11
    Chrome 79 Released for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS
    Chrome 79 was just released and it now has real-time phishing protection.


  • 2019-12-10
    Google BERT is Rolling Out in Many Languages
    Google has said BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) is now rolling out in many other languages...


  • 2019-12-10
    Google Search Console Messages Now Integrated
    Messages are now integrated into Google Search Console.


  • 2019-12-04
    UK Search Engine, Mojeek Invests in New Servers
    UK-based search engine, mojeek, makes progress to improve its capability with investment and new servers.


  • 2019-11-26
    RIPE NCC Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses: Calls For Faster Progress on IPv6
    "Without wide-scale IPv6 deployment, we risk heading into a future where the growth of our Internet is unnecessarily limited..."


  • 2019-11-22
    Twitter Adds 2FA With No Need For A Phone Number
    Uses the FIDO2 WebAuthn protocol.


  • 2019-11-18
    .Org Registry Acquired By Private Equity Company
    .org registry sold to private equity company.


  • 2019-11-13
    Return of CPU Vulnerability: ZombieLoad Attack
    "The ZombieLoad attack allows stealing sensitive data and keys while the computer accesses them."


  • 2019-11-05
    Google Rolls Out Search Console Speed Report
    Site speed, we know, is important, for all kinds of reasons, but now, Google is rolling out its search console speed report.


  • 2019-11-04
    New Microsoft Edge Browser General Availability January 15, 2020
    New logo, and early adopters can download a release candidate for Windows and macOS


  • 2019-10-29
    Google Alphabet Q3 2019 Revenue up 20pct, to $40.5 billion
    Alphabet has announced its Q3 results for 2019 and its revenue was $40.5 billion, up 20% Year on Year, with Google ads generating $33.92 billion.


  • 2019-10-23
    Firefox 70 Adds More Privacy and Tracking Reporting
    Mozilla says Firefox 70 has added additional privacy protections and user tracking reporting.


  • 2019-10-21
    Windows 7 Extended Support Goes Away January 14, 2020. Are you ready?
    Many are still using Windows 7, and extended support period ends January 14, 2020. Are you ready, and what plans do you have?


  • 2019-10-15
    Windows Tamper Protection Now Generally Available
    Windows now has "Tamper Protection", designed to protect against "malicious and unauthorized changes to security features."


  • 2019-10-15
    Linux Vulnerability Sudo Command, Patch Now
    Update now to v1.8.28 or later where the bug is fixed.


  • 2019-10-04
    2019 SEO Starters Guide - What to work on
    Here here are some SEO tasks to help you get started.


  • 2019-10-03
    Backlinks Appear to Have Dropped By Half in GSC, Bug?
    Reports of backlinks dropping by half in GSC could be a bug.


  • 2019-10-01
    Windows Virtual Desktop Service is Now Available Worl-Wide
    Microsoft has announced its Azure-based Windows virtual desktop is now available world-wide.


  • 2019-09-24
    Google Update - September 2019
    Google telegraphs major update.


  • 2019-09-13
    Google News Ranking Changes and New Rater Guidelines
    Part of the new rater guidelines is aimed at finding original news content and giving that a better recognition.


  • 2019-09-11
    Google Updates Search Quality Raters Guidelines on Sept 5, 2019
    In the space of only a few months, Google has updated its Search Quality Raters Guidelines.


  • 2019-09-10
    Google Adds New Options to rel = NOFOLLOW Attribute
    When nofollow was introduced, Google would not count any link marked this way as a signal to use within our search algorithms. This has now changed. All the link attributes -- sponsored, UGC and nofollow -- are treated as hints about which links to consider or exclude within Search.


  • 2019-09-07
    From Hobby Websites to Making Money
    The story of a several years journey into web development.


  • 2019-09-05
    IAB Tech Lab Proposes Modernizing Online Ad Tracking
    IAB Tech Lab has put forward proposals to provide a better balance, and to make it easier for users to opt out.


  • 2019-09-04
    Firefox 69 Released Now Blocks Third-Party Tracking Cookies and Cryptomining by Default
    Firefoc 69 now blocks third-party tracking cookies, fingerprinting, and cryptominers by default.


  • 2019-08-22
    Net Businesses Forge "Confidential Computing Consortium"
    An industry consortium has agreed to collaborate on open source technologies and standards that accelerate the adoption of confidential computing.


  • 2019-08-09
    Google SERPs to Show Individual Podcasts
    Google is now showing individual podcasts in the SERPs.


  • 2019-07-16
    New Twitter Desktop Rolling Out
    Twitter is rolling out a new desktop UI which is says is easier to navigate.


  • 2019-07-04
    U.S. Court Rules Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Third-Party Seller Defective Products
    A U.S. Federal court has ruled that Amazon can be held liable for third party seller defective products.


  • 2019-07-01
    Google Submits Formal Robots Exclusion Protocol to IETF
    Surprisingly, the Robots Exclusion Protocol has never been formalised since its inception in 1994.


  • 2019-06-25
    Google Analytics Data Getting Unreliable
    WebmasterWorld Members discuss the issue of Google Analytics and the current reliability of the data.


  • 2019-06-19
    Firefox Critical Zero-day In-The-Wild - Update to Firefox 67.0.3
    Firefox has fixed a zero-day vulnerability in the wild with V 67.0.3, update recommended immediately.


  • 2019-06-18
    Facebook Subsidiary, Calibra, New Digital Wallet for a New Digital Currency, Libra
    Facebook is really getting into cryptocurrency with a new company, and a new cryptocurrency.


  • 2019-06-18
    Google Accused of Lifting Content From Lyrics Site
    The lyrics site, Genius, says it has evidence that Google is lifting content from its site and publishing it in information panels (rich snippets) on Google.


  • 2019-06-12
    State of the Internet Report 2019
    Take half an hour to watch, listen and learn.


  • 2019-06-11
    Mozilla Planning Premium Version of Firefox With VPN
    Mozilla to test premium version of Firefox browser with VPN.


  • 2019-06-10
    Google SERPs Diversity Now Only Two Results From One Domain
    Finally, Google is now restricting SERPs listings to two results from one domain.


  • 2019-06-05
    Firefox New User Download With Enhanced Tracking Protection Turned On By Default
    Mozilla has announced that Firefox downloaded by new users will have Enhanced Tracking Protection turned on by default as part of its standard setting.


  • 2019-05-31
    Big Ad Changes Coming to Google AdSense
    Google has informed all AdSense Publishers that there are major changes coming which will affect ad units, and phasing out text-only and display-only ad units.


  • 2019-05-30
    Google Chrome Ad Blocking in Manifest V3 Will Be Enterprise Users Only
    It looks as if Google has relented under pressure over the blocking of extensions.


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