Google's seemingly always changing indexing algorithm continues to hit site rankings as the search giant continues to drive a new generation of SEO relying upon original and relevant content generation and sharing above all else. Now a panel of SEO experts in the UK has warned that companies need to avoid putting all their SEO eggs into the one Google basket and instead embrace SEO strategic evolution in order to maintain and grow traffic. ![dweb-google](/attachments/small/0/dweb-google.jpg "align-right") At a round-table discussion, hosted by cloud provider UKFast, Sam Allcock, CEO of Custard Media, stated that the key to successful audience growth was …

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As many of you know, DaniWeb was hit by a Google algorithm update back in November 2012 and we lost about 50% of our search traffic. In investigating the issue, I discovered that DaniWeb, in addition to most other programming forums out there, all lost their google traffic to [StackOverflow](http://www.stackoverflow.com). For those who don't know, StackOverflow is a Q&A-based wiki-forum hybrid that was born a few years ago and subsequently received a lot of venture capital. Hands down, it deserves really high listings in Google results: it is fast-loading, lots of people link to it, it has almost exclusively high …

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The Google Glass wearable computing 'enhanced reality' project got off the ground this week at the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Around 6,000 developers were present to see a demonstration of the futuristic technology which integrates a small video-display suspended from the arm of the headset which is worn like a pair of spectacles. Complete with Internet connectivity, a battery in the arm and the ability to change the perspective of the video stream as you move your head, the Google Glass prototype is no heavier than a standard pair of sunglasses and just as …

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According to [François Beaufort](https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts) who is a French 'Happiness Evangelist' at Google (and no, I didn't make that up), Chromebook users will soon be able to choose what operating system they want. In a publicly shared post from last week, Beaufort states that "in order to support installing and testing custom code on Chrome OS devices, the chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features when the device is booted in Developer Mode." This will mean that such things as removing the rootfs verification top enable OS file modification will be possible, along with enabling SSH …

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So Google has [admitted defeat](https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/9uiwXY42tvc) and is pulling the Google Glass Explorer Program with pretty much immediate effect. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In a statement, a Google Glass spokesperson said that "we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run" and continued hyping it up with "interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology" until almost reaching a climax by stating "we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace" before finally dropping the closing it down bomb. …

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Google has been quick to blacklist domains implicated, most often unwittingly, in the distribution of what has become known as the SoakSoak malware campaign courtesy of soaksoak.ru being the first domain in the redirection path it used. With 11,000 domains blocked over the weekend, you might be forgiven for thinking that it's another WordPress hosting sites security problem sorted before it can do any harm. However, most experts I have spoken to would seem to agree that 11,000 domains is just the tip of this particular iceberg and the actual number of soaksoak impacts on WordPress specific sites is in …

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So it seems that an Internet Explorer zero day vulnerability allowed the back door to be opened that resulted in the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252590.html"]hack attack on Google[/URL] and many others that has received such publicity this week. According to [URL="http://siblog.mcafee.com/cto/operation-%E2%80%9Caurora%E2%80%9D-hit-google-others/"]McAfee[/URL] it has identified an Internet Explorer vulnerability as being one of the attack vectors but the security vendor also warns that targeted attacks such as this often use "a cocktail of zero-day vulnerabilities combined with sophisticated social engineering scenarios" so it is possible, likely even, that other as yet unidentified attack vectors were also involved. However, McAfee dismisses some early reports which …

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Reports started circulating yesterday that Gmail had been hacked, with some 5 million logins at risk. This follows the publication, on Tuesday, of a plain text list of Gmail usernames and passwords on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Within 24 hours the 'hack hysteria' had taken hold and people were being advised to check if their accounts had been compromised, change their passwords etc. Trouble is, there appears to be absolutely no actual evidence that Gmail has been hacked at all, and plenty to suggest that this credentials list is just another composite; constructed with passwords taken from lists already published …

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An interesting [post](http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.in/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal_6.html) appeared yesterday in the official Google Online Security and Webmaster Central blogs which confirms that in an effort to "make the Internet safer" it has been testing a system which looks at "whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms." This follows calls for HTTPS everywhere at the recent Google I/O a few months back. Google says is has seen positive results, and is now actually using HTTPS as a ranking signal albeit a "very lightweight" one which only impacts <1% of queries. Nonetheless, the intention is now clear that this …

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First there was Panda, and then there was Penguin, but is there now Ghost as well? Webmasters will immediately know what I'm talking about as far as Penguin and Panda are concerned: updates to the Google search results ranking algorithm designed to make the search experience more relevant for end users by lowering the rank of 'low quality' sites such as content farms and those who use black-hat SEO techniques. Ghost, however, is not only rather spooky but also remains unconfirmed by Google itself. ![cce295ab242bb97981926f91d9f48fb7](/attachments/small/0/cce295ab242bb97981926f91d9f48fb7.jpg "align-right")While anything that makes search better for the user has to be a good thing …

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The world's largest technical support, software and hardware companies use Linux on a daily basis for a variety of tasks and solutions. This post gives you an overview of all the ways in which large companies use Linux. Most don't use Linux on the desktop but do use it in ways you might expect (and a few you might not expect) a company of that magnitude to use it. They've leveraged Linux for some of the most critical workloads and 100% uptime service levels. Welcome to the world of enterprise Linux. [B]10. Intrusion Detection Systems[/B] - Linux provides the perfect …

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Until not very long ago, the More dropdown menu on the Google search results pages offered the ability to filter the results by type: News, Discussions, Blogs, etc. There were quite a handful of choices and they've all existed for years and years. It used to work great for me, but for the better part of 2013, I actually found it quite frustrating because whenever I was filtering `site:daniweb.com` results by Discussions, *only* news stories and code snippets would come up, and meanwhile all of the forum threads would show up when filtering by Blogs. In fact, I posted something …

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Most observers will agree that Google+ has failed to set the social networking world alight, and is far from being a thorn in the side of Facebook. However, now that Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed he's serious about search, could Facebook possibly compete in the Google hood? ![dweb-facebooksearch1](/attachments/small/0/dweb-facebooksearch1.jpg "align-right") The Facebook founder and CEO has gone on the record to insist that "Facebook is pretty uniquely positioned to answer a lot of questions people have" and reveal that the social network is currently fulfilling a billion searches every day "and we’re not even trying". Of course, the arguments have raged for …

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According to the network security team at Oxford University Computing Services ([OxCERT](http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oxcert/)) with the title of 'Google Blocks' the world famous seat of learning has decided to put a block, albeit a temporary one, on the use of Google Docs. Robin Stevens from the network security team at Oxford says that the "extreme action" was felt necessary in order to protect "the majority of University users". ![dweb-oxford](/attachments/small/0/dweb-oxford.jpg "align-right") While admitting that Google Docs is a "perfectly legitimate site" and one which is "widely used by staff and students as part of their work and personal lives" Stevens explains that it …

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Almost exactly a year ago I was writing about [the development of Google Glass](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/pc-hardware/monitors-displays-and-video-cards/news/426788/no-google-glass-for-most-developers-until-2014) here at DaniWeb. In the meantime, the project has turned into a reality and [actual product has got into the hands of reviewers](http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/380401/before-iwatch-and-google-glass-wearable-computing-milestones-and-failures/2) and some lucky users with $1,500 to spare. This would all be much more exciting for me were it not for the fact that my vision is severely impaired thanks to suffering from Wet Macular Degeneration in one eye (hence the patch) and the other being very lazy indeed. I get by with the use of a contact lens and high magnification reading …

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If you thought, or indeed hoped, that the Google Chrome OS would be a thoroughly modern marvel running web apps only then you are about to be disappointed. It would appear that even the brave new future of the OS cannot escape from the legacy of Windows. According to a Google software engineer, one Gary Kacmarcík, Chrome will support legacy Windows applications. In a Google Groups [URL="http://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/group/chromium-discuss/search?group=chromium-discuss&q=Gary+Ka%C4%8Dmar%C4%8D%C3%ADk&qt_g=Search+this+group"]posting[/URL] Kacmarcík writes that the "Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps, but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right within the browser" through the …

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If you’ve ever checked out of a grocery store, you’ve seen [I]Cosmopolitan[/I], [I]Seventeen’s[/I] hussy mother, prominently on display in magazine racks next to packs of Juicy Fruit and 2-for-1 Heath Bars promising “7 New Ways to Satisfy Your Lover.” The editorials, which are laughable at best, have helped bring men from Mars and women from Venus past their relationship issues together on a mattress here on Earth. If you’re sick of paying for yearly subscriptions to the world’s leading estrogen journal to have to sift through 150 pages of perfume ads to learn "The Passion Pretzel" or the "Frolicking Fruit …

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As goes Google, so goes the rest of the universe -- or at least that's the fear this week after the start up-turned-giant-turned-common verb reported disappointing earnings that sent the Silicon Valley stock over a digital cliff after-hours Thursday. [ATTACH=right]15859[/ATTACH]The company pulled in 1.84 billion dollars for the quarter or $5.71 per share, less than analysts' average projection of $6.52 per share. Taking the blame for the disappointing figures are Europe's lackluster economic situation -- Google does a significant chunk of its business in the Euro zone -- and a recent ramp-up in hiring that bumped up total expenses. But …

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Google has announced the availability of more than 1000 ‘Google Gadgets’ that can be run on any web site, differentiating them from the existing desktop gadgets which could only work locally by way of the Google Desktop software or on a personalized Google homepage. These bits of cobbled together HTML and Javascript code that act as dynamic applications when installed on your web page are also different from the Widgets that Yahoo has had available ever since it acquired Konfablator last year. Those 3000+ plus mini-applications only run if you download and install an 11Mb host application first, and then …

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[ATTACH=right]16954[/ATTACH]What's a billionaire to do when he's not in the spotlight so much anymore and maybe getting a little, well... bored? Sue everyone that people are paying more attention to than you, that's what! Interval Licensing, the company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is suing nearly every big name in tech - the lawsuit names AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube as defendants, alleging violations of patents related to search, multimedia, database management and "screen activity" (e.g. pop-ups.) No specifics just yet on exactly how each company violated the patents, but a …

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The latest VIPRE report, detailing the ten most prevalent malware threat detections spotted by [GFI Labs](http://malwareprotectioncenter.com/) and the ThreatNet Detection System, reveals that Google, LinkedIn, Skype and Mass Effect 3 were amongst the big brands being exploited by cybercriminals in order to leverage trust whilst distributing malware-laden emails. As a consequence, GFI software is urging users to question absolutely any and every unsolicited message regardless of the subject matter or purported origin. ![masseffect](/attachments/small/0/masseffect.jpg "align-right") The research labs team has documented a high number of spam and malware distribution campaigns during the month of March which have successfully infiltrated users' systems …

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Lawmakers in Washington asked tech companies Tuesday whether they need to create legislation that would protect people's private information online. The Senate Commerce Committee took up the issue, asking representatives from Apple, AT&T, Facebook and Google if an online privacy bill is necessary. Those companies have all dealt with recent privacy issues, ranging from sites gathering and storing data to sharing data with third-party sites. For some legislators, those events have been enough of an indicator that legislation should be drafted to safeguard Internet users. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Communications Subcommittee, said he intends to draft an …

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Google recently has made a big play to take over the majority of the internet search business in the Japanese market as part of an aggressive campaign to shut Microsoft out; but Microsoft is not going to sit idly by while Google gains a virtual monopoly in Japan and they have a plan to block the [URL="http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2010/07/27/google-yahoo-redux-why-deal-in-japan-is-worse-than-attempted-2008-deal.aspx"]deal[/URL]. [ATTACH]16285[/ATTACH]Microsoft's legal team will pitch its case to the Fair Trade Commission in Japan. The basis of the [URL="http://www.cio.com/article/600843/Microsoft_Cries_Foul_Over_Google_Tie_Up_with_Yahoo_Japan"]argument[/URL] is simply that the deal that Google has made violates fair trade and would hurt competition by giving them far too much control over …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16422[/ATTACH]Google's been looking for someone to fill its "Head of Social" role for several months now. Now, it's finally filled that vacancy from within by promoting Vic Gundotra, Google's VP of engineering. Originally the company had looked externally for someone to lead its efforts in social networking and guide those involved in the production of the rumored "Google Me," a competitor with social networks such as Facebook, hiring an executive recruiter last May to find their candidate. Google described its "Head of Social" role while acknowledging that the company has previously made a poor showing in this area: [QUOTE]This is …

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It has been a day of coming and going at Google, it seems. Saying hello, again, was Gmail in the UK while Google Docs offline access through Google Gears has waved goodbye. You might think that Gmail had never left the UK, but the truth is that apart from a few thousand of us who got our webmail accounts running early enough UK users have been stuck with the longer googlemail.com domain. This came about following a legal dispute over usage of gmail.com which meant that from October 19, 2005 all new users had to have @googlemail.com addresses only. One …

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Okay, [URL="http://newsmap.jp/#"]this [/URL]is cool -- a single screen that shows an aggregation of Google news stories, with size representing the number of stories on a topic, color representing the category, and hue representing the stories' age. The site is designed by a company called Maramushi, headed by Marcos Weskamp, who describes himself as a San Francisco-based Design Engineer "who has a deep interest in playing with and visualizing lots of data. He is a self-taught technologist who constantly investigates the fields of Interaction Design and Information Visualization." He has [URL="http://marumushi.com/biography"]studied [/URL]in Argentina and Japan, and now works for an unnamed …

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Over the last couple of days the online media seems to have gone crazy for the news that the Google Chrome web browser client has overtaken Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the most popular browser on the planet. This based entirely upon the fact that, for a single week, and according to figures from the StatCounter service, Chrome reached a 32.76% share against the 31.94% share enjoyed by Internet Explorer. But does this really mean that Chrome is now the number one client, and should web developers be giving more design love to it than Internet Explorer as a result? …

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Since last fall, Google has either closed down or combined more than 30 different products. If you thought that was the end of the axe wielding, think again: another bunch of Google technologies are to bite the dust. ![dweb-googlegone](/attachments/small/0/dweb-googlegone.jpg "align-right") According to the General Manager of Global Enterprise Search at Google, [Matt Eichner](http://googleblog.blogspot.fr/2012/07/spring-cleaning-in-summer.html#!/2012/07/spring-cleaning-in-summer.html), the closures are part of a streamlining process that will enable Google to "focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives" by ensuring the company remains focussed so as to prevent it from ending up "doing too much and not having the impact we strive …

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A Google official has announced this morning that the search giant is back in action in China. Google, the second most popular search engine in China, behind Baidu, announced in January of this year that it would no longer censor its search results on the Chinese version of its website, against the wishes of the Chinese government. As a result, Google's stock price plummeted while Baidu's stock price saw all time highs, surpassing Google on the stock market. A couple months later, Google began redirecting users accessing the google.cn version of Google to the uncensored Hong Kong version. Unfortunately, Chinese …

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While I can't imagine for a moment that Google is in danger of going out of business, with the searching masses marching elsewhere in dismay at various perceived privacy infringing issues. However, if you look at the media attention regarding just that, the privacy issue, then Google is going to have to start doing something to head off the bad press before the whole Do No Evil image gets tarnished with a brand stain that will not come off. ![dweb-googpriv](/attachments/small/0/dweb-googpriv.jpg "align-right") According to the latest figures from HighBeamResearch, looking at the last five years of Google media attention, only 4.8% …

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The End.