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WebmasterWorld Newsletter | May 2018

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Itís been a busy month for Google and its latest updates, with Mobile First indexing taking significant steps forward. And now, thereís even more reason to ensure your sites are mobile-friendly and compliant with the guidelines. The other important points for Google-friendliness include ensuring your sites are HTTPS as there are even more changes coming to the SERPs. Any user of the worldís most popular browser, Chrome V69, will get a change to the current label so that all secure sites will have no label, and all sites from October in Chrome 70 will start showing a red "not secure" warning.

Thereís been a great deal of discussion, and it must be said, confusion, over the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which kicked in on May 25, 2018. Itís been one of the hottest topics across almost all aspects of webmastering, publishing, and tracking and logging. We have some great threads on the topic and you can learn a great deal by following some of the discussions.

Thanks for being a member of this community.

Brett and Neil

Here are some of WebmasterWorld's Hottest Discussions and News this month.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2018
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes for May.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2018
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes for April.

Google Chrome to Remove Secure Marking as Default on Sites From September
HTTPS site volumes must now be high enough for Google to take the decision to switch to HTTPS unmarked by default.

Google Maps New Product Structure and Pricing
Google Maps Platform now has pay-as-you-go pricing.

Twitter says all 330m Users Should Change Passwords After Security Fail
If you havenít yet, go and change your twitter password now.

How GDPR effects WHOIS and Domain Name Info
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European regulation that has prompted many domain name registrars and registries to remove registrant names and contact information from Whois records.

Microsoft Increases Developer Revenue Share to 95pct
In a bid to get more developers involved, Microsoft says the new rates will follow a new App Developer Agreement later this year.

Drupal Sites Used in Cryptojacking
Drupal CMS-based sites should be updated to avoid the cryptojacking.

Google AdSense: Comparing Mobile Earnings to Desktop
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the comparisons for earnings between mobile and desktop, especially after investing in converting sites to responsive or dedicated mobile versions.

Vulnerability Warning Affecting PGP and S/MIME
PGP and S/MIME vulnerability could mean email content is exposed. Recommendation is to "immediately disable and/or uninstall tools..."

Facebook Publishes Community Enforcement Information
Facebook says it took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018.

U.S. Net Neutrality, Senate Votes For Retention
In a surprising turn-about, the US Senate voted to keep Net Neutrality...

Choose Your Business Model Carefully
Pay-for-removal scheme ends up with charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft.

New CPU Vulnerability, Speculative Store Bypass (Variant 4)
A new CPU flaw has been disclosed, dubbed Speculative Store Bypass (variant 4), which is similar to Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

SEO and Google After 2016: What Has Changed?
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the topic of change in SEO for Google after 2016. What worked then and what works now.

Adobe to Acquire Magento Commerce for $1.68 Billion
Adobe Systems Inc. makes moves to acquire Magento for $1.68 billion.

StumbleUpon Social Share Platform to Close June 30, 2018
The end of an era for StumbleUpon with the news the social sharing platform is to close.

Trade Groups Prepare to Battle Over E.U.'s ePrivacy
A number of trade groups are preparing to battle the E.U.'s ePrivacy Regulation which is aimed to protect individuals through confidentiality of electronic communications.

Chrome 67 for Desktop Now Live
Chrome 67 now on the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Google Research: Generating Original Wikipedia Content From Websites
New research papers just published describes how entirely original Wikipedia pages are published from website content.

Google Research: Generating Original Wikipedia Content From Websites
New research papers just published describes how entirely original Wikipedia pages are published from website content.

Once Again, Survey Proves Passwords Are Still Weak

Yelp Renews E.U. Antitrust Complaint Against Google

U.S. Starts Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation

Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp Targeted in GDPR Complaints


PayPal and Google Pay Extend Their Partnership

Some U.S. News Sites Now Unavailable to E.U. Over GDPR

StumbleUpon Social Share Platform to Close June 30, 2018

Amazon Echo Sent a Private Conversation to a Random Contact

YouTube Algorithm Change Angers Publishers

VPNFilter Malware Has Killswitch For Routers

Trade Groups Prepare to Battle Over E.U.'s ePrivacy Regulation

Oops: European Commission Not Compliant With GDPR

WSJ: Early Indications Show Google Being an Ad Money Winner Over GDPR

Firefox Brings Tracking Protection From Buried to the Hamburger Menu

Facebook to Remove Trending Topics

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