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    Webmasters Notice Decline In Google Image Search Traffic After Design Update

    by rustybrick
    Jan 29, 2013
    Last week, Google updated their image search design citing this is better for webmasters. Webmasters were not convinced, they didn't like that searchers can get the high resolution image directly on Google's web page and not be required to click through... Some SEOs are looking to block GoogleBot from indexing their images.

    More Project Glass Patents, Part 2

    by Bill Slawski
    Jan 29, 2013
    In the first part of this series, Google Glass Hardware Patents, Part 1, I looked at 5 patent filings from Google published over the past couple of weeks, about Project Glass. Those included (1) a closer look at the optical systems that Google Glass might use, (2) how a bone conducting system might provide audio [...]

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    Google Glass Hardware Patents, Part 1

    by Bill Slawski
    Jan 27, 2013
    Google’s Project Glass has the potential to bring something completely new to consumers – wearable computing devices that could revolutionize how consumers interact with the Web. The augmented reality glasses aren’t yet available to consumers, and are a work in progress. Google is holding its first developer workshops this week, offering developers the chance to [...]

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    High Rankings Question of the Week

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    by Jill Whalen
    Jan 27, 2013
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    What I learned about design in 2012

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 27, 2013
    One of my favorite articles of 2011 was What I Learned About the Web in 2011 on A List Apart. In particular, Erin Kissane’s call to respect complexity stayed with me all through 2012:

    If a single idea has followed me around this year, from politics to art and work to friendships, it’s been this one: “it’s more complicated than that.”

    It’s centrally important to seek simplicity, and especially to avoid making things hard to use or understand. But if we want to make things that are...

    The growing complexity creep in Apple’s products

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 26, 2013
    It’s a somewhat uneven article, but Dave Wiskus makes some good points in The secret of Apple’s design success: the humane interface. I did get a bit uneasy when I got to this part:

    Where Apple differs from its competition isn’t in aesthetic beauty, it’s in the company’s ability and willingness to make decisions on behalf of its users. […] Apple’s take is to remove complexity and make choices long before the user sees the product.

    It’s an argument that’s often used by Apple fans to...

    A Year Later, Google’s Block Sites Feature Remains Blocked

    by dannysullivan
    Jan 25, 2013
    In 2011, Google rolled out a feature allowing searchers to block web sites they don’t like from appearing in its search results, which drew great attention. That got dropped last year, when Search Plus Your World was launched last January. A year later, Google says there are no firm plans for it to return. Google’s Blocked Sites Feature

    The block feature, which was released in March 2011, placed a small “block” link next to any result in Google’s listings:

    Clicking on that link...

    Panda: What Happened To Fixing The Scraper Issue?

    by rustybrick
    Jan 25, 2013
    Wasn't the whole point of the scraper algorithm and the continued Panda updates about making sure quality original sourced content ranks in Google and now stolen/scraped content?
    It seems like recently Google is back to where they started from prior to February 2011

    That Update Google Denied; Seems Like A Brand Signal Update

    by rustybrick
    Jan 24, 2013
    On January 17th, we reported on a pretty significant Google update that Google denied and then five days later they pushed out a Panda refresh. No...

    Kodak Not Enough: Google Acquires Printer and Camera Patents from Silverbrook

    by Bill Slawski
    Jan 23, 2013
    A couple of weeks ago, a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Kodak’s patent portfolio to a group of companies that joined together to buy them at a discounted price. The group included Apple, Google, Facebook, and others. There were more than 1,000 patents involved, related to photography, storing photos, and sharing photos.

    It [...]

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