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Rob D. Young

Rob D. Young

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Articles by Rob D. Young

  1. Google Sets Up WiFi Opt-Out Option: Is It Enough?

    In response to complaints from the European Union, Google now allows any router to be instantly opted out of the location-based tracking of access point. The router can pretty easily be opted out by changing the SSID to end in "_nomap."

  2. How Facebook Tracks Users

    What does Facebook know about you? Facebook tracks and compiles data differently, depending on whether you're a logged in member, logged out member, or a non-member. Facebook does keep a running log of sites users visit in the past 90 days.

  3. Google Facing Scrutiny Over Mortgage Scam Ads

    The federal government has cracked down on mortgage scams that claimed they could lower payments through government-backed programs. As 85 such companies are shut down, Google is coming under scrutiny for allowing them to post AdWords ads.

  4. Google+ Adds Trends, Filtering to Search

    Google's social network is quietly adding more advanced search options, including the ability to filter results by poster and browse through trending topics. These features allow users to hunt down popular topics and get involved in conversations.

  5. Google Checkout Becomes Part of Google Wallet

    Google will combine its payment-oriented services. Google Checkout users will be prompted to migrate to Wallet on their next login, while webmasters will be guided through a transition in 2012. Wallet has also added features, partners, and options.

  6. Google Introduces Verbatim Searching

    Google has added a tool that explicitly searches for exactly and only your search term. Verbatim search removes personalized, corrected, suggested, related, and non-inclusive results and will replace the retired "+" functionality in search queries.

  7. Google Launches Music Store, Artist Hub, and More

    Google's "These Go to 11" press conference marked the official launch of the Google Music program for U.S. users, opened the door to Google's long-awaited MP3 store, and unveiled several new music features for both consumers and artists.

  8. Bing Adds Editors' Picks to Search Results

    Bing has launched a new search feature that provides searchers a curated page that lists sites picked by Bing editors about the searched-for topic. The company is starting with 140 topics, ranging from "free E-books" to "Photo Editing."

  9. ShopCity Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google

    ShopCity – a site with SEO issues – has joined the list of companies who claim Google is unfairly demoting their content in favor of its own. In response to these alleged anti-competitive practices, ShopCity has filed a complaint with the FTC.

  10. SEMPO Tells Government: Don't Censor Search Engines

    In response to the U.S. FTC's antitrust probe into Google, the search marketing organization SEMPO issues a statement to the FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling for zero regulation. This article discusses both sides of the heated debate.

  11. Google Discusses 10 Recent Algorithm Changes

    Google tries to become more open about their search algorithm changes. Beyond the much-discussed "fresh" update, Google discussed nine other recent changes, including SERP titles and descriptions, date-specified searches, and image search signals.

  12. YouTube Testing Major, Google+-Centric Redesign

    YouTube is testing a new design that would clean up the site, make subscriptions more important, and integrate Google+ functionalities. The test is in early trials with a small number of users and changes the look and feel of several key elements.

  13. Google Music Store Expected to Launch Tomorrow

    Google has called a Los Angeles press conference for November 16th. It's been speculated that the conference will announce the launch of the Google Music Store. Early screenshots of what is allegedly the Music Store app have also been leaked.

  14. Google X: A Lab Where the Future Is Made

    A recent report on Google's "secret lab," known as Google X, shows how far beyond their core business Google will explore: space elevators, web-connected appliance, and robotic avatars are among the 100 far-out ideas being researched.