Updated October 23, 2018 08:51:07 Photo: New details about Labor's voter tracking software reveal some of the party's new campaign capabilities. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Secrets about Labor's vast voter tracking system were sitting in Google search results for weeks and potentially months. Key points:Software firm used by Labor accidentally published a task list onlineRecords detailed work done for Labor's voter tracking database and MPs' websitesPolitical parties are exempt from the Privacy Act They detailed how the software firm behind the system carried out upgrades to allow the party to store individuals' belie...
Where would we be without Google Maps? Lost, probably. Of all navigation apps, Google’s is the one people trust the most. In fact, of the 77% of smartphone owners who rely on navigation apps to find their way, almost 70% prefer Google Maps over others. It’s the preferred navigation app for nearly 6X more people than the second most popular one, Waze. (BTW: Waze is owned by Google! I happen to like Apple Maps, too.) And Google knows Maps is the preferred app, which is why the company has been adding features to it that make it more like a lifestyle app rather than just a utility. They’re drawing people and increasing the app’s stickiness by integrating with every day services and content delivery platforms that consumers love to use. Here are some of the latest additions:
Photo via Adobe Stock. The new media networks that rely on user-generated content—primarily Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube— are both a gift of unlimited material to research-savvy reporters on deadline, and a minefield of potential mistakes that could get a clumsy, naive, or hasty journalist fired in a heartbeat. It’s important that journalism students and aspiring reporters learn how to verify information generated by amateurs who might be eyewitnesses to a huge story on the one hand and might be panicky and underinformed—or even malicious—on the other. Below is a class-length lecture on verifying digita
CEO Sundar Pichai says Google’s China search engine, a censored version of the original product, would still serve over 99% of queries. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintAt the outset, let me make clear that I am not a proponent of barriers to trade. Neither am I supportive of muzzling free speech. With that said, I would like to dwell today on how China’s government has been successful in giving its home-grown internet giants a stranglehold on the domestic market by using censorship as a trade barrier.Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the Wired 25 conference that his company had been testing a version of its search engine named “Project Dragonfly” that would pass muster with China’s censors. Pichai said he was excited about the result of the tests; he reported that the censored version wo
Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that putting out more content doesn't necessarily make your web site any better, nor does it necessarily make your web site rank higher in Google's search results. "Just putting out more content doesn't necessarily make a site better," John wrote.Here is the context, where someone was frustrated his content isn't getting ranked in the top stories box:Just putting out more content doesn't necessarily make a site better.— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) October 21, 2018 More or bigger does not always mean better.Of course, it makes logical sense to think that the more content you have, the more chances you have to rank for different keywords. But if your content isn't better, in Google's eyes, compared to other content they have in the index, then it won't
Cancelled Stamp From The United States Commemorating When America Becomes The 'Arsenal Of Democracy'. (Getty Images) The experts all agree. The Pentagon and the U.S. military’s future depends on advanced weapons systems that will require cooperation with America’s most advanced technology companies, including the major players in Silicon Valley. But what if Silicon Valley doesn’t want to help? This is the situation our defense leaders are facing with one particular company—and not a small one: Google. Two weeks ago it opted out of the $10 billion competition for constructing the cloud architecture the Pentagon wants to protect its data and networks. This is coming on the heels of the protest by 3000 Google employees against Google helping the Pentag
At at first glance, the photo seems plausible. Congressman Keith Ellison is shown standing near U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. They are all Minnesota Democrats on ballot this year, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that they all might be seen together. The image, with text scrawled across it, shows them awkwardly posed in front of a homeless tent encampment in Minneapolis, campaigning at a "town hall" style event. But the problem is, that event never happened. The photo is fake. It's a poor Photoshop attempt by an outside group, Right Now MN, to use misleading and fake information to influence the outcome of the election. In particular, the group is trying to tie Smith and Klobuchar to Ellison, who is facing an allegation of domestic abuse. Using misinformation...
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is not what it used to be. No surprise there, just think of an industry that hasn’t changed over the years. The reason SEO isn’t the same, however, is because the rules and ethics keep changing and are pretty much rewritten every year. It’s not easy to keep up with this and Google like it that way. So, looking at your own website and the results you want to achieve, what gave you a positive return last year may not work at all in 2018. You will always find changes that you “cannot ignore” if you want to rank higher, however, the fundamental aspects remain the same. I’m talking about Google ranking factors that can make or break your website’s position in the SERPs (search engine results pages). There are literally hundreds of ranking factors document
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