Monthly Archives: December 2013

Google – Sites With More DMCA Takedown Requests Will Rank Lower in Search Results

Google has announced an update to its search ranking algorithm that will demote sites serving pirated content, in a move that should please copyright holders who have long called for this move.

The company said that it would be adding a number of criteria to its ranking process which will take into account the number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests a site has....More>>>

BFF’s for Increased Online Marketing Reach? PRSA Digital Impact Conference Keynote

Can BFF’s lead to more effective marketing?

That’s the topic of discussion for the PRSA Digital Impact Conference opening keynote featuring Caryn Marooney, vice president of technology communications for Facebook.

Before going to Facebook, Caryn explained that she ran an agency, however

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Google Search App With Google Now Breaks Into iTunes Top 10

When Google first released its updated Google Search app last October, it never made the iTunes top ten and, last week, wasn’t even in the top 100. But the addition of Google Now helped the app make the top ten in less than a week.

Google relaunched its app last October with Siri-like voice recognition and readback, but after peaking at number 16, it started dropping down to around....More>>>

Google Files for Smartwatch Patent

Google has filed for a patent, which, if developed, could bring a wearable smartwatch device to its hardware lines.

The patent application, filed with the US PTO, describes a device that would be placed on a wristband and would include one or more touch displays. The watch would include both clock hardware and a data line, suggesting the device will be capable of connecting to the Internet.

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Facebook Removes Beheading Videos

Facebook has confirmed that it will remove videos of people having their heads cut off.

The social network is responding to an increasing outcry over the kind of content that its users upload to and Like on its servers.

Facebook users do not limit themselves to videos of cats falling on ice, no, some upload grotesque clips, which others enjoy.

Fans of beheadings have indulged....More>>>

Yahoo Debuts New Ad Format in News Stream

Yahoo’s front-page news stream now displays personalized ads alongside news articles and other features. Stream Ads, the new ad product, is already garnering interest from various advertisers and comes just a few months after Yahoo introduced the news stream on its home page.

Scott Burke, SVP of advertising and data platforms at Yahoo, said an industry trend and internal strategy are....More>>>

Google, Twitter, LinkedIn Earn Top Ratings on Data Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is reporting that social networking and web service companies are making strides towards becoming more transparent with users.

In its annual Who Has Your Back? report, the online activist group lauded a number of major companies for their efforts to help preserve user privacy and report to the public the extent of their cooperation with government....More>>>

Facebook Removes Beheading Videos

Facebook has confirmed that it will remove videos of people having their heads cut off.

The social network is responding to an increasing outcry over the kind of content that its users upload to and Like on its servers.

Facebook users do not limit themselves to videos of cats falling on ice, no, some upload grotesque clips, which others enjoy.

Fans of beheadings have indulged....More>>>

Google Shopping’s shift to paid cost per click (CPC) listings shook the ecommerce world this year, and similarly affected its performance metrics compared to the other comparison shopping engines (CSEs), most notably Amazon Product Ads.

In CPC Strategy’s 2012 Ecommerce Industry Report, which analyzed more than 6 million clicks and data from more than 200 advertisers, the two....More>>>

LinkedIn to Buy SlideShare for $120 Million

Professional social network LinkedIn is to acquire business presentation-sharing site SlideShare for $118.8 million, as it looks to boost its content services.

SlideShare provides a repository for users to share business presentations, with more than 9 million uploaded to date, covering topics from job advice to in-depth technical talks on IT.

“These presentations also enable....More>>>