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    Lycos to Sell Off Patents?

    by Bill Slawski
    May 24, 2015 at 2:50 PM
    I read today the news that early Search Engine Lycos is selling off their patents, presumably to enable them to launch other services. This was stated in the betaboston article Internet search pioneer Lycos puts patents up for sale. I wondered...

    Work and identity (and the machines)

    by Rian van der Merwe
    May 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM
    Michael Sacasas has an interesting viewpoint on the “machines are taking our jobs” argument. In Machines, Work, and the Value of People he argues that since we’ve so closely linked our value as human beings to the work we do, the issue of machines taking over hits us pretty hard:

    So, to sum up: Some time ago, identity and a sense of self-worth got hitched to labor and productivity. Consequently, each new technological displacement of human work appears to those being displaced as an...

    Google Has New Head Of Web Spam But Won’t Be The “New Matt Cutts”

    by dannysullivan
    May 22, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Matt Cutts remains on leave, but Search Engine Land can report that Google does have someone new in his position of head of web spam fighting. This person is unlikely, however, to become the all-around spokesperson on publisher and webmaster issues that Cutts had been.

    Cutts headed Google’s web spam team that fights spam in its search listings for 10 years, until taking leave last July. He extended that leave last October and still remains on it. That doesn’t mean, however, that no...

    Google App Indexing Now In Search Analytics & Fetch As Google In Google Search Console

    by rustybrick
    May 22, 2015 at 5:15 AM
    Google announced this morning that native Android Apps that participate in Google's App Indexing now will show data in the Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools)...

    SimCity and the virtues of games about societal issues

    by Rian van der Merwe
    May 21, 2015 at 9:06 PM
    On the surface, Ian Bogost’s Video Games Are Better Without Characters is a nostalgia piece about SimCity:

    Such was the payload of SimCity: not a game about people, even though its residents, the Sims, would later get their own spin-off. Nor is it a game about particular cities, for it is difficult to recreate one with the game’s brittle, indirect tools. Rather, SimCity is a game about urban societies, about the relationship between land value, pollution, industry, taxation, growth,...

    Google To Implement Googlebomb Fix To Prevent Racist Listings In Google Maps

    by dannysullivan
    May 21, 2015 at 4:04 PM
    Google has reacted to how racist searches can bring up the White House and other locations by promising to extend its “Googlebomb” protection to Google Maps.

    Google has apologized for the situation and promised a fix is on the way. From its blog post today:

    This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries. Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologize this has taken some...

    Make me think

    by Rian van der Merwe
    May 21, 2015 at 1:03 PM
    Meta-Moments: Thoughtfulness by Design is a great post by Andrew Grimes on the benefits of making users pause and think in certain areas of an interface:

    Meta-moments can provide us with space to interpret, understand, and add meaning to our experiences. A little friction in our flow is all we need. A roadblock must be overcome. A speed bump must be negotiated. A diversion must be navigated. Each of these cases involves our attention in a thoughtful way. Our level of engagement...

    Google Diagnosing Algorithmic Penalties In Real Time

    by rustybrick
    May 21, 2015 at 5:27 AM
    We know Google representative can fairly quickly tell if a site is hit by an algorithmic penalty - such as by Penguin or Panda. But when they do it in real time, it is pretty cool...

    Google: Yes, There Was A Google Update Early This Month.

    by rustybrick
    May 20, 2015 at 5:52 AM
    So after reporting a Google update on May 1st, then waiting and watching the community over the weekend to say - oh boy, there was a Google update rolling out over Friday through the weekend - we then had Google tell us there was no update. I used a Panda bear giving an evil stare because most of us knew something changed.
    And Google, after a bunch of arm twisting, finally gave me/us confirmation, which I posted on Search Engine Land.

    Google's John Mueller: Working On Making Penguin & Panda Run Faster, Again

    by rustybrick
    May 20, 2015 at 5:33 AM
    In a recent Google+ Hangout with Google's John Mueller, someone asked "Are you working on a Panda update or data refresh...