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Google Reminds Publishers Not to Accept Bribes for Links

In response to a controversial article published by The Outline, Google has reminded publications to refrain from accepting bribes for links.The article in question claims that major publications on the web, including New York Times, CNN, and TechCrunch, have accepted payments from companies in exchange for positive coverage.Several writers, who remain anonymous, admitted to The Outline that they accept money for links. Some have done so for years, and people...

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Google Revamps Search Results: Expanded Featured Snippets, Related Topics, More

Google is revamping search results by expanding a couple of key components, as well as introducing a new way to find relevant content.Now you’ll see more content in Featured Snippets, suggestions for related content in Knowledge Panels, and a brand new related topics carousel.Featured SnippetsFeatured snippets have been expanded with more images, providing a more visually rich search experience. Suggestions for related searches can now also appear within featured snippets.Expanded featured...

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Google Assistant Can Now Find Local Home Services

Google Assistant is now capable of helping people find local home services that are relevant to their needs.Start off with a command such as “Ok Google, find me a plumber.” The Assistant will then further qualify you by asking what exactly you need help with.After being more specific, like saying you need help to unclog a drain, the Assistant will then ask if it’s for the address listed in your...

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HTML Media Capture is Now a Proposed Recommendation

HTML Media Capture is a W3C specification that defines an HTML form extension that facilitates user access to a device’s media capture mechanism, such as camera or microphone, or within a file upload control. It works by extending the <input type=”file”> element with a capture attribute. Surprisingly, browsers were never good at capturing images and videos from your web camera or recording sounds from your device’s microphone. Plugins like Flash and Silverlight...

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Mozilla Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Engine and Voice Dataset

After launching Firefox Quantum, Mozilla continues its upward trend and releases its Open Source Speech Recognition Model and Voice Dataset. Well, Mozilla is finally back! In the past few years, technical advancements have contributed to a rapid evolution of speech interfaces and, subsequently, of speech-enabled devices powered by machine learning technologies. And thanks to Mozilla’s latest efforts, things look better than ever. Speech recognition is the key to the next generation user...

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Google’s New “Donate” Button Could be a Boon for Nonprofits

Google is now letting searchers donate to non-profit organizations directly from search results.A “Donate” button has been added to Knowledge Graph cards of US-based nonprofits. With a simple tap or click of the button, searchers can easily donate an amount of their choosing.To trigger this feature just search for the name of a US-based nonprofit, which is standard practice for surfacing Knowledge Graph cards.Google’s “Donate” button has the potential to...

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Opinions Mixed on Kickstarter Redesign

The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has rolled out a surprise new logo complete with a redesign of their site. Out goes the old two-tone bubble font logo so familiar to us, in comes a pumped up, super bubbly dark blue logo. The old logo was simple, friendly & honest Founded in 2009, New York-based Kickstarter was a pioneer in the field of crowdfunding, the oldest and probably the best known in the sector....

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Google to Provide More Real-time Data in Google Trends

Google Trends, is now going to provide even more real-time data on the popularity of search terms.In addition to organic search, Google Trends will offer data on searches conducted within News, Shopping, Images, and YouTube.Here’s a quick demonstration and test of the new features. Let’s search for Prince Harry of Wales, who has been making all the headlines this week.According to the graph below, worldwide interest in Prince Harry has...

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Google Updates Search Results With New Labels for PDFs and PPTs

Google has implemented a subtle, new change to search results across mobile and desktop.When PowerPoint presentations (PPTs) and PDFs are uploaded to a website, the raw files can be indexed in search results.Now, when Google’s search results return PDFs or PPTs, they will be indicated with new labels which you can see below.Google’s new labels for PDFs and PPTs are clean and easy to identify when skimming through search results.In...

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Google Shopping Makes it Easier to Discover, Research, and Compare Products

Google Shopping ads have been updated with a suite of new features that enhance the discovery, research, and comparison of products.With mobile shopping on the rise, so too is the amount of research being conducted on mobile devices before making a purchase. Here is a look at the enhancements to Google Shopping ads.DiscoveryNow it’s possible to learn more about a product than ever before from a single Google Shopping ad....

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