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WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 1 November

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Pubcon was a great success last week, and i'm still trying to organise my notes from the show. As usual, it's a great place to meet and network, in addition to learning and earning opportunities.

I'd like to thank all those that I bumped into for making it a terrific event, and if you were there and we didn't meet, I hope to get the opportunity of meeting you at a future event.

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Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.

The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.

Were you aware that Yahoo Inc's Chief Executive Marissa Mayer tried to slow the roll-out of its search deal with Microsoft and questioned its partner's commitment? Revealed in court filings, it suggest that their strategic relationship is fraying.

In the big launch last week, Apple unveiled a raft of new products, including a new iPad Air, MacBooks, etc. Of particular note was the new Mac Pro with up to 12 cores, flash storage, and lots more.

Google AdWords is now showing more relevant ad extensions and formats. Google said, "Previously, Ad Rank was calculated using your max CPC bid and your Quality Score. With this update, Ad Rank will also take into account a third component: the expected impact from your ad extensions and formats."
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Research indicated that visitors to the official website for PHP might have had their computers infected with malware. Read more on the story in our thread, "PHP.net Compromised"

Disruptive technology: No matter what your business, or your interests, the revolution that began a while back is now really starting to have impact for all of us. This disruptive technology is causing everyone to reshape their views of how things are done, with few aspects remaining untouched. Join in our discussion and let's hear your views, "The 21st Century Revolution Affecting Everyone and Every Business"

Don't be surprised if your Rich Snippets disappear from Google SERPs. We reported this a while back, but it seems Google has been ramping this up. Or is it ramping it down. I guess it depends on how you look at it. Participate in our thread on the topic, "The Disappearance of Rich Snippets From Google"

Authorship is often a hot topic here at WebmasterWorld, and in a thread titled, "Authorship Is Dead, Long Live Authorship," WebmasterWorld Members review the idea that there's much more to it.

This question pops up regularly: "Is A Social Media Profile Now Essential For Ranking Well in Google?" Is this view clouded purely by success of failure in social media, or do the signals really have an impact. What do you think?

WordPress announced an interesting update with the latest version: WordPress v3.7 applies maintenance and security updates automatically in the background. For some, this couldn't come soon enough.

New from Firefox: Originally called Collusion, Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Neat!

There were reports this week of a new new vulnerability found in iOS apps using Wi-Fi. read more in our thread, on the topic.

Big changes with new generic gTLDs now in Sunrise and rolling out to registries. According to ICANN, "It means you will soon see the Internet grow from the 22 gTLDs that we have now (e.g., .COM, .BIZ, .ORG) to more than 1400 new possibilities."

This week, Google announced its AdSense Certified Partner Program. A Google spokeperson said, "...qualified companies can become certified to help you manage your account, should you require additional support for your business."

In a new move, Google + is now offering custom, or vanity URLs to qualifying recipients. Not everyone is seeing this, and some that are seeing the notification are not happy with the offer. Can you get yours? join out thread on the subject.

Once again, this major NSA story about privacy is going to run and run, so here's the latest, "Report: NSA Infiltrates Links to Yahoo, Google Data Centers Worldwide"

This week, WebmasterWorld Members are discussing link building metrics that have more or less replaced Toolbar PageRank for judging the worth of a link project. Our thread on the topic is titled, "PR Zero - Worth Getting a Link?" What's your view and your approach?

WebmasterWorld's incrediBILL has published a tech briefing which he describes, "...to bring those up to speed that aren't aware of the rapidly changing server side landscape including support for JavaScript thanks to Node.js." Read more on this interesting topic. "Bots as Browsers Using JavaScript"

I read this week that Google's latest wearable technology, its smartwatch, is getting nearer to production. With Google Glass, a wristwatch, and a self-driving car I could be the new Google Guy! ;)

According to the latest blog post, Google said it has improves hangouts, photos and videos in Google+

Something many travellers are anticipating: Use of electronic products throughout the whole flight. This week the FAA said there will be some restrictions, but equipment in airplane mode will be ok on some airlines in the coming months.

Facebook announced its Q3 results, and they weren't bad at all. Revenue up 60% to $2.02 billion.

What's that secret barge Google is building. Some thought it was a datacenter, while most had no idea. According to someone that's seen the inside, it's a floating showroom. Read more on the project in our thread.

Got Google Glass? Apparently, a California driver got a ticket for wearing Google's technology.

How many active users are there on Google+? In truth, only Google knows, but it seems the figures quoted may include very broad terms as to what constitutes an active user. How is your Google + program working?

I read today that the Rockstar Consortium is to sue Google, Samsung and others over phone patent use. It's a complex situation, but I feel this could be the daddy of them all.

Have a great week, until next time...



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