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WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 27 April
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 6:29 pm on Apr 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

What do you think is going on with Google+? The recent departure of the programís leader, Vic Gundotra, suggests all is not so well with it. Google, of course, deny thereís problem, or that there are changes going on amongst the teams involved on Google+.

Itís much tougher when a public company reports a failure in one of it s projects, and thatís probably why thereís going to be a denials.

Whereís Google+ going from your point of view? Does it have a future? Can it continue to ďcompeteĒ with Facebook? Actually, one must question whether is does compete at all.

Weíve all got an opinion on Google +, iím sure; so letís hear it in our threads on the topic (see below).




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There's a great thread by Martinibuster you ought to read if you're involved in Google AdSense, "Traffic Quality And Google AdSense Earnings." Don't miss it!
AdSense







What are the easy ways to block specific traffic? Learn more in our thread, "Blocking non-North American Traffic Made Simple"







Have you tried the new twitter profile yet? All the old images are now obsolete, so it's causing a little frustration. "Twitter Rolls Out New Web Profiles To Everyone"Twitter








"Report: Facebook To Announce Mobile Ad Network Before End Of April" We're pretty much there, so if this report is true, we should hear an announcement on this any time.Facebook







Google held an AdWords event this week and it talked about the innovations it had for 2014. There are a number of initiatives, and you can use them now. "Google AdWords Innovations" 2014"AdWords







This week Facebook's quarterly results came out, and revenue was Up 72pct to $2.50 billion


There's the ongoing debate about Net Neutrality, and a number of leading pieces speculating. Here, we reported on what the FCC had to say about an Open Internet. "FCC's Open Internet Rules Update: Net Neutrality"
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Facebook took a bold step to become a newswire for journalists, and this week it announced a partnership with Storyful.


Finally, Microsoft closes the acquisition of Nokia, and confirmed the new business to become Microsoft Mobile Oy
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There's a report that Google could offer WiFi for cities with Google Fiber. It's not been confirmed or denied. Google








Google's tax affairs are in the spotlight in France with news that the company is ready to pay an additional tax of up to $1.3 billion.


It seems twitter's ad revenue may be on the up with predictions of it reaching $1.1 billion this year.


There's an interesting piece in Business Insider where it reports on the boardroom battles at Google. "The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback"


It seems that many of the biggest players in the Internet are joining together to donate money to help avoid another Heartbleed Bug problem. "Donations from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others, made to improve Open Source software and avoid another similar problem."Heartbleed Bug











Twitter has teamed up with Yahoo in Japan to open up its advertising in the region.


After the discovery of an App scamming Android users, Google intends to make amends. "Google Decides to Refund Play Store Buyers Over Fake Anti-Virus App"


Google has rolled out a look back at popular location imagery allowing users of Street View to "go back in time." If there's historical imagery, you may see the option to go back and see the earlier pictures.


I heard that Amazon's sales have dipped in regions where there's now an online sales tax. "Report: Online Sales Tax In US Stated Is Reducing Amazon Sales 24 pct"


As I mentioned earlier, Google's Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company. Where does this leave Google+?Google Plus







This week's video is a little longer, and is more appropriate for all those using Google AdWords. "Jerry Dischler, Vice President of Product Management, AdWords, announces the next generation of advertising innovations."



Learn more in our thread, here. Google AdWords "Innovations" 2014




Have a profitable week, until next time...

Cheers
Neil

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