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Google’s new tappable shortcuts eliminate the need to search on mobile

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Kashin / Shutterstock.com Starting today, Google is rolling out “tappable shortcuts” in the US, making it possible to find information on the weather, sports, food and entertainment via a quick tap on the home screen of its search app or mobile site. The shortcuts eliminate the need to search, providing …

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Google thaws (a little) on defamation cases

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Google’s recent freeze on granting defamation removal requests has thawed a little. Even so, the company’s actions around harmful and dishonest items attacking the reputations of individuals and organizations continue to be mystifyingly inconsistent. In this column, I’ll share some facts and thoughts on how defamation victims should proceed given …

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Google receives search warrant for identities of everyone who searched crime victim’s name

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According to Ars Technica, police in suburban Minnesota have obtained a court order requiring Google to divulge the identities of people who searched for the name or images of the local victim of financial fraud. It’s clear that the warrant is overly broad and would potentially open the door for …

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Google launches new effort to flag upsetting or offensive content in search

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Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. “We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” …

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New, unconfirmed Google ranking update shakes the SEO world

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Since yesterday morning, the SEO industry has been watching an unconfirmed Google ranking update that seems to target more of the link quality aspects of the overall algorithm. (Google’s Gary Illyes has jokingly suggested that all updates be named “Fred.”) We’ve seen more chatter and reports of changes from within …

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Google ‘related picks’ now showing under some top stories carousels

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Google has added a new feature to the top stories carousel named “related picks.” Related picks may show up under the top stories AMP carousel, and aims at giving searchers another way to expand their queries to see even more top story content. If you search on mobile for a …

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