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HTTPS as a ranking signal: Google is Ranking sites that use Encryption higher

Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google. Beyond our own stuff, we’re also working to make the Internet […] Continue reading →

U.S. Govt. Editing Wikipedia to Smear Independent Media Personalities?

Entry from IP traced to U.S. House of Representatives describes Alex Jones as ‘Kremlin disinformation agent’ Edits to the Wikipedia profiles of Alex Jones and Abby Martin which malign the two alternative media personalities as Kremlin propagandists are linked to an IP address associated with the House of Representatives, prompting suggestions that the U.S. government […] Continue reading →

Google sets sights beyond smartphones at annual developer conference

Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), whose Android software reigns as the world’s dominant smartphone operating system, will step up efforts to make inroads into cars, televisions and other devices at its annual developer conference this week, sources familiar with the matter said. The Internet company is […] Continue reading →

Facebook Website Returns to Operation After Disruption

Facebook Inc. (FB)’s website returned to service after disruptions that blocked access to the world’s largest social-networking site for about half an hour. “Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time,” Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in an e-mailed statement that didn’t […] Continue reading →

Solution to misleading tweets: Guy who reads crap on the Web so you don’t have to

Jack Shafer, You know that annoying guy in the office who steps on all of your punch lines? Who deflates with a concise quip the shaggy dog stories you’re trying to tell? Well, that buttinski has taken his act to Twitter where, under the username SavedYouAClick, he’s razoring the guts out of the often misleading […] Continue reading →

Webmasters: New SEO Ping List For WordPress is extremely powerful

The automatic “Pinging” feature in WordPress is extremely powerful – if you know how to use it. Fortunately, it’s very easy to setup once, and benefit from it every time you post new content or update existing content going forward. Plus, I’ve done all of the hard work for you in finding and testing this […] Continue reading →

Technarians at the Gate: How Google Could Become Your Next Power Company

The corporate campus of Vivint Inc., among North America’s largest home-automation companies, rises up on the outskirts of Provo, Utah, a handsome sprawl of glass and gleaming white metal set against the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains. On a recent day in a conference room of funk-modern furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows, Todd Pedersen, Vivint’s founder, chief executive […] Continue reading →

Google faces lawsuit of AdSense Fraud for Account Cancellations they were due to pay out

CNET.com Seth Rosenblatt A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech titan of engaging in widespread fraud by canceling AdSense accounts just before they were due to pay out. The suit relies in part on recent anonymous accusations that Google developed an AdSense fraud scheme in 2009 to prevent publishers from collecting money that […] Continue reading →

Encrypted Internet Traffic Surges in a Year, Research Shows

Encrypted Internet traffic is surging worldwide according to data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine. After the Snowden revelations the bandwidth consumed by encrypted traffic doubled in North America, and in Europe and Latin America the share of encrypted traffic quadrupled. Over the years we have been following various reports on Internet traffic changes, […] Continue reading →

Orwell’s Nightmare: The NSA And Google—Big Brother Meets Big Business

John W Whitehead “The Google services and apps that we interact with on a daily basis aren’t the company’s main product: They are the harvesting machines that dig up and process the stuff that Google really sells: for-profit intelligence.”—Journalist Yasha Levine “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or […] Continue reading →

HeartBleed Some 300,000 systems remain susceptible to catastrophic exploits

Four weeks on, huge swaths of the Internet remain vulnerable to Heartbleed More than four weeks after the disclosure of the so-called Heartbleed bug found in a widely used cryptography package, slightly more or slightly less than half the systems affected by the catastrophic flaw remain vulnerable, according to two recently released estimates. A scan […] Continue reading →

Google Tells Conservative News Website to Take a Hike

Michael Schaus The Conservative oriented website dedicated to aggregating news from around the world-wide-interwebs, Weasel Zippers, has just lost its primary funding source because… Well… It’s kinda hard to say. According to the site, Google AdSense (an add generator produced by the infamously liberal corporation in Silicon Valley) has cancelled its agreement with the website […] Continue reading →

Serious security flaw in OAuth, OpenID discovered, Affecting Google, Facebook, Many others.

CNET, Attackers can use the “Covert Redirect” vulnerability in both open-source login systems to steal your data and redirect you to unsafe sites. Beware of links that ask you to log in through Facebook. The OAuth 2.0 and OpenID modules are vulnerable. iStockphoto Following in the steps of the OpenSSL vulnerability Heartbleed, another major flaw […] Continue reading →

AdSense leak controversy heats up as Google denies favoritism, theft allegations

Violet Blue for Pulp Tech Someone claiming to be an ex Google AdSenseisclaiming the internet giant has systematically robbed its AdSense clients — an allegation Google has quickly denied. Styling themselves as a whistelblower, the individual who published Google AdSense Leakto Pastebin Tuesday, April 29a detailed timeline of events alleging that Google knowingly shuts down […] Continue reading →

Google Hires Top Geneticist In Search For Life Extension

Daniel Taylor, How will synthetic DNA impact our health and environment? Google is doing all it can these days to prepare for the coming “Singularity”. First, the company hired Transhumanist figurehead Ray Kurzweil to work as its director of engineering. Now, Google has hired top geneticist Cynthia Kenyon to work at Calico, Google’s “moonshot” operation […] Continue reading →

Google Revenue Falls Short of Estimates, Ad Prices Drop

Google Inc.‘s costs are rising as the search provider finds it harder to keep up with a shift to advertising on mobile phones and sales fall short of estimates. Revenue, excluding sales passed on to partners, was $12.2 billion in the first quarter, falling short of a projection by analysts for $12.3 billion, according to […] Continue reading →

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