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WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 28 March

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There’s an interesting thread on WebmasterWorld discussing the topic of authorship attribution when the author changes jobs, retires, or moves on. When Google and G+ attributes so much to the individual author, it’s not clear what happens when the author and the business go their separate ways.
Who owns the content, and should it remain attributed to the author or the business that probably funded it?
It seems there’s a gap in the system whereby authors and businesses, when changing relationships for whatever reason, seem to have little control over direction of the actual authored content. Worse still, should the author die, who’s got control of the material?
There are many unanswered questions with this system of authorship attribution, and I feel it needs some work by Google to ensure that the people funding the writing are not left out of the loop should there be a change in circumstances, whether through agreement or dispute.

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Google AdSense publishers ought to read this thread: "How To Defend a Google AdSense Site From Click Bombing"Google AdSense

There's an investigation into Google over antitrust in India which caught my attention, primarily for the large sums involved. "Google Could Face $5 Billion Fine from India's Competition Commission" Whether it could reach that level of fine should it be found to be in breach, or not, I don't know.Google

It's been 25-years since the invention of the web, by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and he's got some views on how the next 25-years should look. Where do you think the web should go in the next 25-years?

Yahoo's adding more data to its search in the U.S. with the addition of Yelp's content. More real estate eaten up, you think?Yahoo

In a recent interview, Google indicated it is reviewing "not provided" data. But, indicating it's reviewing it is not reversing the decision. Why can't there be a way to provide the data for webmasters. We know there can be a way, but, is there the will at Google? See below for more news on this.

According to research, 100,000 WordPress sites are infected with botnets forcing DDoS attacks. Is your WordPress site infected?WordPress

According to reports, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was 'confused and frustrated' by Government surveillance. So much so that he spoke to Barack Obama about his concerns. Now, even the President is concerned over the level of surveillance.Facebook

In an important topic over ICANN and domain management: "The U.S. Commerce Department is preparing to give up oversight of ICANN" This is a really important aspect and one which some will welcome. The real question is about what happens afterwards?ICANN

Google's making more moves with Android and has announced the Android Wear project.Android

Have you ever wanted to avoid your social media friends? Now you can, with the anti-social app to help you avoid people in your contacts. Anti-Social

Last week Google took action to penalise a large guest blog network. For some time now, Google has been threatening action against guest blogging, and this is the latest big network to get hit.

More trouble for Unix/Linux web servers with the news that up to 25,000 may be infected by Ebury SSH Rootkit.Linux

If you've ever been hit by a Google penalty, you'll know how important it is to understand the problem. It'll give you a good indicator as to how to recover, or if there's no hope of recovery. So, join our thread and find out how to tell if your site is affected by a particular algorithm or penalty.

There's a big change coming, and it's HTTP 2. Join our thread and find out what it means for you.

I'm not 100 percent sure why this is a good move when I read this: "Facebook to Acquire VR Company, Oculus VR For $2 Billion."

I read last week that of the many patents granted to Google, this one caught my eye. "Patent Granted To Google's Panda On SERPs Ranking"

You've probably all heard about twitter being banned in Turkey. It seems the company is going to challenge the access ban through the courts. That'll be an interesting one to watch.

I heard that Klout was acquired by Lithium Technologies. That will be an interesting move as the data and algorithm Klout developed ought to be of interest to marketers.Klout

In a move that makes twitter even more "social," twitter is rolling out multiple photo sharing and tagging.Twitter

Are you into big databases. I mean, really big data. It seems there's a new open source on the block. Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter are collaborating over WebScaleSQL for massive databases. I can't imagine the levels of data involved, but it's certainly beyond my current requirements.

"Not provided" generated a great deal of discussion and frustration for many as we lost our referrer string keywords. It seems there may be a glitch, or a change of heart, who really knows. Google is now passing referrer data from IE8.

In Asian news, "Yahoo Japan To Acquire Mobile Network Operator eAccess For $3.17 Billion"

You may be interested to know, Microsoft finally gave away MS-DOS some 30-years later. Microsoft

This announcement may not seem too important, except possibly to iPad owners, however, Microsoft is now offering Office for iPad. What's interesting, on two levels, is the fact that a flagship Microsoft product is now running on and Apple product that has gained significant market share, and has moved the offering away from the desktop: Microsoft's traditional hunting ground. Additionally, Apple stands to profit from the sales made via the app store. Interesting, eh!

Have a wonderful week, until next time...



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