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Labor’s voter tracking practices exposed by a simple Google…

Labor’s voter tracking practices exposed by a simple Google…

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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...
Google Maps – Utility or Lifestyle App?

Google Maps – Utility or Lifestyle App?

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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:
Opinion | Google and the Great Internet Wall of China

Opinion | Google and the Great Internet Wall of China

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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 Says Putting Out More Content Doesn’t Make Your Site…

Google Says Putting Out More Content Doesn’t Make Your Site…

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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
Google And Our National Security: Lost In The Cloud?

Google And Our National Security: Lost In The Cloud?

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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
Google Notifies Site Owners About Delays With Search Consol…

Google Notifies Site Owners About Delays With Search Consol…

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5 Free Google Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Site and Your …

5 Free Google Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Site and Your …

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The day after the last model walked the runway at Aveda’s Global Congress 2018, owners and managers got serious about business at an Aveda Business College session as a number of salon owners took the stage and shared best practices. As a Google consultant, the last speaker Angelina Darrisaw brought some wisdom from outside the industry encouraging owners to take advantage of a number of free Google tools to improve their websites and drive traffic both to their site and their salons.Google My Business (gybo.com): This business profile show up when potential clients search for your salon or businesses like yours on Google Search and Maps. “When people search for something locally, they have high motivation and intent to follow through—you want to capture them in th
Google Search Console reporting currently delayed

Google Search Console reporting currently delayed

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Google posted on Twitter Friday morning that some of their reports within Google Search Console are currently delayed more than their normal two-days. “Some Search Console reports are currently a bit more delayed due to issues in the reporting pipeline,” the company said. This has no impact on your search rankings, this is just a reporting issue. Which reports are delayed? Specifically, the AMP, Rich Results / Structured Data, Hreflang, Index Coverage, and Mobile Usability reports are all delayed according to Google. I will say that I did check several of these reports, and not all of them are delayed. For example, while the mobile usability and AMP reports are both a week old, the index coverage report is only two days delayed, which is the normal expected

Film executives slam Google as they hail new government cra…

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The Australian government are set to begin a crackdown on online piracy.In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites.The tough law has been praised by Australian film industry executives, who label Google as 'evil as Big Tobacco'. In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites, with film industry executives slamming the search engine 'as evil as Big Tobacco'Chief executive of Village Roadshow Graham Burke praised the proposal while slamming Google, saying the search engine giant are 'facilitating and enabling crime'.'We see good Google and bad Goog...
Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in E…

Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in E…

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Google's Building 44, where Android is developed. Ron Amadeo We're still seeing the fallout from the European Commission's $5 billion antitrust fine against Google. Earlier this week, Google announced it would comply with the ruling by unbundling the Google Android app package, allowing OEMs to skip Chrome and Google Search in favor of alternatives. The catch is that, since ad revenue from these Google services was used to support Android development, Google will start charging device makers that license Google apps but choose the unbundled route. Now, thanks to a report from The Verge, we're getting an idea of just how much this more flexible app licensing scheme will cost OEMs. Citing "confidential documents" that were shown to the site,