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  • 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.


  • 2019-05-28
    GDPR a Year on: 200,000 Cases Received By Data Protection Authorities
    A year on from when GDPR came into force, over 200,000 cases have been received by the Data Protection Authorities.


  • 2019-05-24
    Facebook Reports on Community Standards, Banned 2.19 billion Accounts
    It disabled 1.2 billion accounts in the last quarter of 2018, and 2.19 billion accounts in the first quarter of 2019.


  • 2019-05-20
    Google Updates Search Quality Rater Guidelines, May 2019
    Google has updated its search quality evaluator guidelines for May 2019 with its 166 page PDF


  • 2019-05-16
    Microsoft Patches Windows 2003, XP, Win 7, Win Server 2008, 2008 R2
    Windows 8 and Windows 10 are unaffected.


  • 2019-05-15
    Intel ZombieLoad Vulnerability Bug Fix May Slow Computers and Datacenters
    The latest problem to hit Intel processors is the ZombieLoad vulnerability which could allow an attacker access to sensitive information.


  • 2019-05-15
    Analytics and GDPR
    "The EU considers IP addresses as Personally Identifiable information... so right there, analytics systems have a problem. Google Analytics is no exception."


  • 2019-05-13
    U.S. Supreme Court Rules Apple Customers Could Sue Over App Store Monopoly
    "Apples line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits."


  • 2019-05-08
    Google Changes the way Cookies Work on Chrome
    Google is planning on changing the way cookies work on Chrome to strengthen privacy.


  • 2019-05-07
    Microsoft Edge Preview Based on Chromium in the Dev Channel
    The Microsoft Edge Preview Build is ready.


  • 2019-05-02
    Delay In AdSense Reporting Ongoing
    There are continuing delays in Google AdSense reporting.


  • 2019-05-01
    New Creative Commons Search Engine
    Creative Commons search is now publicly searchable.


  • 2019-04-30
    Google Alphabet Q1, 2019 Results, 17pct up, at $36.34bn
    Its shares fell 7% as this was lower than $37.33 billion expectations...


  • 2019-04-25
    Microsoft Q3 Revenues up 14pct to $30.6 Billion, Reaches $1 Trillion Market Valuation
    Microsoft has reported Q3 revenues up 14pct, and has reached a $1 trillion market valuation.


  • 2019-04-12
    Google testing before: and after: commands to help find old pages
    Google is beta testing two new search operators, before: and after:


  • 2019-04-05
    Reports of Google Dropping Pages Out of Index... possibly a bug?
    Is Google dropping pages from its index, or is this a temporary bug?


  • 2019-04-03
    So long, farewell, AdSense, goodbye
    "It was November 2003 that I added AdSense scripts as a test. A test that transformed my business model."


  • 2019-03-20
    E.U. Fines Google 1.49 Billion Euros Over Antitrust in Advertisiing
    The European Union has fined Google 1.49 billion Euros for abusive practices in online advertising.


  • 2019-03-20
    E.U. Fines Google 1.49 Billion Euros Over Antitrust in Advertisiing
    The European Union has fined Google 1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising.


  • 2019-03-19
    Firefox 66 Released, Autoplay Blocking By Default
    Many will find that Firefox 66, released today, will help reduce some common online annoyances.


  • 2019-03-13
    Google Florida Update v2 March 12, 2019
    First hinted by Google at Pubcon Florida last week, lots of examples that a core Google Algo update has occured.


  • 2019-03-12
    The Web Turns Thirty Years Old
    Oh, and how the Web has changed in the last 30-years!


  • 2019-03-09
    U.S. Senator Wants to Break Up Tech Giants
    A U.S. Senator, Elizabeth Warren, plan aimed at breaking up some of Americas largest tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google.


  • 2019-03-07
    Zero-day: Make Sure Chrome is Updated to Version: 72.0.3626.121
    "Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2019-5786 exists in the wild."


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