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Google to Leave Russia

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On the heels of the announcement that Google News will cease operation in Spain, the search giant will also be pulling out of Russia, as a result of a restrictive new law. On the heels of the announcement that Google News will cease operation in Spain, the search giant will also be pulling out of Russia, as a result of a restrictive new law. 0 Comments

Google Wages War on European Link Scheme Networks

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Google has taken action against two fraudulent link networks as reports surface of manual penalty notifications hitting inboxes in Europe. Google has taken action against two fraudulent link networks as reports surface of manual penalty notifications hitting inboxes in Europe. 0 Comments

Google Has Removed 100,000 Links, Approved More Than Half of 'Right to be Forgotten' Requests

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Google has removed "the majority" of "right to be forgotten" requests, a number that could exceed the 100,000 mark. It has rejected just over 30 percent of the requests it has received and approved "more than 50 percent" of the requests. Google has reportedly rejected just over 30 percent of the requests it has received and approved "more than 50 percent" of the requests. 0 Comments

German Publishers Try to Force Google to Pay for Links, News Snippets

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German publishers say Google and other search engines like Bing and Yahoo are in violation of the country's ancillary copyright law and want them to pay 11 percent of revenues generated from linking to and publishing snippets of their content. German publishers say search engines are in violation of the country's ancillary copyright law and want them to pay 11 percent of revenues generated. 0 Comments

Google Hammers Polish Link Networks

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Google is continuing their attack on international spam, taking down two Polish link networks. Buying and selling links seems to be quite common in Poland, so we can expect to see some dramatic changes in Google's search results in the coming days. Google is continuing their attack on international spam, taking down two Polish link networks. Buying and selling links seems to be quite common in Poland, so we can expect to see some dramatic changes in Google's search results in the coming days. 0 Comments

Google Blocks 'Racist' Search Suggestions for UK Cities

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Derogatory autocomplete results for cities in the UK have popped up, and Google has taken action to clean them up. After multiple legal battles all over the world, its possible Google is now picking its battles when it comes to autocomplete. Derogatory autocomplete results for cities in the UK have popped up, and Google has taken action to clean them up. After multiple legal battles all over the world, its possible Google is now picking its battles when it comes to autocomplete. 0 Comments

Google Fires First Shot in War on German Link Networks

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Google is continuing to dish out penalties as it wages war on link networks around the world. After repeated warnings in recent weeks, Google revealed it took action against a German agency's link network, as well as its clients. Google is continuing to dish out penalties as it wages war on link networks around the world. After repeated warnings in recent weeks, Google revealed it took action against a German agency's link network, as well as its clients. 0 Comments

Google: 25,000 Government Requests for Data in First Half of 2013

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Data released by Google shows that requests rose from 21,389 to 25,879 between the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. In total 42,500 user accounts were targeted and Google said 65 percent of requests led to some data being given up. Data released by Google shows that requests rose from 21,389 to 25,879 between the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. In total 42,500 user accounts were targeted and Google said 65 percent of requests led to some data being given up. 0 Comments

Google Still Taking a Beating Over Max Mosley S&M Party Search Results

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The former Formula One president wants Google to create a special algorithm to detect and delete certain content – specifically, of him participating in an S&M party. Google says doing so would create an "unprecedented new Internet censorship tool." The former Formula One president wants Google to create a special algorithm to detect and delete certain content – specifically, of him participating in an S&M party. Google says doing so would create an "unprecedented new Internet censorship tool." 0 Comments

Advertising on Amazon: 3 Winning Channels

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Amazon is definitely the right place for merchants looking to increase sales – it's just a matter of picking the right advertising product. Here's a rundown of the three most popular forms of Amazon advertising: product, local, and display ads. Amazon is definitely the right place for merchants looking to increase sales – it's just a matter of picking the right advertising product. Here's a rundown of the three most popular forms of Amazon advertising: product, local, and display ads. 0 Comments

Animated Google Petri Dish Logo Honors Julius Richard Petri

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The Doodle features six Petri dishes in the Google colors. When you click for the animation, you see a hand swapping each dish, and then watch as the bacteria grows in each one. Then you can mouseover to see what was cultured in each Petri dish. The Doodle features six Petri dishes in the Google colors. When you click for the animation, you see a hand swapping each dish, and then watch as the bacteria grows in each one. Then you can mouseover to see what was cultured in each Petri dish. 0 Comments

Google News Snippets, YouTube Embedded Videos Face Legal Challenges in Germany

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A newly approved bill states that Google, other search engines, and news aggregators can only use short snippets of material from publishers. Separately, Germany is also in the midst of a battle regarding the use of embedded video on websites. A newly approved bill states that Google, other search engines, and news aggregators can only use short snippets of material from publishers. Separately, Germany is also in the midst of a battle regarding the use of embedded video on websites. 0 Comments

Germany Orders Google to Restrict Autocomplete Results

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In a ruling this week, a German federal court said Google must restrict information in autocomplete when it violates personal rights. The suit, filed by an unnamed man, claimed defamatory autocomplete suggestions on Google.de linked him to fraud. In a ruling this week, a German federal court said Google must restrict information in autocomplete when it violates personal rights. The suit, filed by an unnamed man, claimed defamatory autocomplete suggestions on Google.de linked him to fraud. 0 Comments

Google Changes Shopping Feed Specifications

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Google Shopping is finally unleashing the new feed specifications for merchants, including guidance for high resolution images and new attributes for merchants with product identifier exemptions. The changes will begin going into effect in July. Google Shopping is finally unleashing the new feed specifications for merchants, including guidance for high resolution images and new attributes for merchants with product identifier exemptions. The changes will begin going into effect in July. 0 Comments

Is Google's Unified Privacy Policy Illegal in Europe?

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Google's revised privacy policy is under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and five other European agencies. The search giant has so far refused to take any action to appease privacy and data protection concerns. Google's revised privacy policy is under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and five other European agencies. The search giant has so far refused to take any action to appease privacy and data protection concerns. 0 Comments

YouTube MP3 Conversion Website Told to End Download Service

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Large Youtube to MP3 conversion website Youtube-MP3.org has been threatened with legal action, and seen its servers blocked from accessing YouTube because its MP3 extraction procedures convert YouTube videos into downloadable audio files. Large Youtube to MP3 conversion website Youtube-MP3.org has been threatened with legal action, and seen its servers blocked from accessing YouTube because its MP3 extraction procedures convert YouTube videos into downloadable audio files. 0 Comments

Google AdWords Express Now Available in UK, Germany

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Google announced that AdWords Express, launched in the U.S. in July, will now be available to all UK and Germany advertisers. Local businesses should have an easy way to get more traffic without spending a lot of time learning AdWords. Google announced that AdWords Express, launched in the U.S. in July, will now be available to all UK and Germany advertisers. Local businesses should have an easy way to get more traffic without spending a lot of time learning AdWords. 0 Comments

4 Companies Winning in the Foreign Language Internet

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The question for ecommerce businesses right now isn’t “can I afford to invest in foreign language websites?” Rather, it’s “can I afford not to?!” Here are four companies that have embraced foreign markets with translated and optimized websites. The question for ecommerce businesses right now isn’t “can I afford to invest in foreign language websites?” Rather, it’s “can I afford not to?!” Here are four companies that have embraced foreign markets with translated and optimized websites. 0 Comments

SES Berlin Teams Up With OMCap 2011

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Attention German search marketers: get ready for a real treat this October. The ever-popular SES Berlin Is running in conjunction with Germany's other popular search and social event, OMCap 2011, for a conference crammed with marketing intelligence. Attention German search marketers: get ready for a real treat this October. The ever-popular SES Berlin Is running in conjunction with Germany's other popular search and social event, OMCap 2011, for a conference crammed with marketing intelligence. 0 Comments

Google’s European Privacy & Antitrust Battles: An Update

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The European Commission is still determining Google’s degree of dominance, Google provides an WiFi location opt-out service; Google has announced that it will delete 3.6 million Dutch WiFi SSIDs, and Google Analytics has been un-banned in Germany. The European Commission is still determining Google’s degree of dominance, Google provides an WiFi location opt-out service; Google has announced that it will delete 3.6 million Dutch WiFi SSIDs, and Google Analytics has been un-banned in Germany. 0 Comments

Google Panda Update Hits Europe: Which Sites Rose & Fell in Germany, France, Austria

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Google's Panda update has now launched around the world in all but three languages. Here’s a look at some new statistics showing which websites in Germany, France, and Austria were hit and rewarded as a result of the expanded Panda rollout. Google's Panda update has now launched around the world in all but three languages. Here’s a look at some new statistics showing which websites in Germany, France, and Austria were hit and rewarded as a result of the expanded Panda rollout. 0 Comments