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  1. Authority vs. Popularity: Matt Cutts Teases New Google Search Result Shake-Up

    On the other hand, if you take something like the Wisconsin real estate board, probably not a ton of people go there, but quite a few people do link to government websites. So popularity is some sense is a measure of where people go, whereas...

  2. Top 10 SEO New Year's Resolutions for a Successful 2014

    In the spirit of a New Year's Eve edition, I'm presenting some of the most popular (according to the US Government) New Years Resolutions through an SEO lens, in the hope of spreading some good cheer and great strategy along with a very happy new...

  3. U.S. Holiday Trends & Forecast: Top Shopping Days, Hot Searches, Mobile Shoppers

    Even government shutdowns can't put a damper on the consumer's plot to shop this holiday season. Overall, retailers are optimistic for the 2013 holiday season, hoping political debates over government spending and the debt ceiling do not erase any...

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

    It included a blacked-out chart to demonstrate this gag (pictured above).Richard Salgado, legal director for law enforcement and information security at Google, said the firm wanted to reveal this information but was forbidden from doing so.We...

  5. Twitter Speak From @ to Z – Terms & Definitions

    In order to get your profile verified you have to be a "highly sought [user] in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas" (number of followers is irrelevant).

  6. Is Google Sucking the Life Out of Your Identity? Are They Alone?

    Unless, of course, your viewpoint is that of a government official responsible for controlling the unruly masses in the Middle East or North Africa. Particularly if the government is unpopular. Although, given that this authority was (indirectly...

  7. Why & How Google Hands Over Users' Data to Governments

    Drummond explained that when Google is able to, it notifies users that someone has come knocking for their information – whether it's search query history, Gmail messages, documents, photos, or YouTube videos – giving them time to prepare a legal...

  8. Google Transparency Report Adds Details on Subpoenas, Search Warrants, Court Orders

    Google Reveals More Government Search Censorship Requests In their blog announcement, Google released the following stats from July to December 2012: percent of the requests Google received from government entities in the U.S.were through subpoenas.

  9. Google as Your Identity Provider: Where Are We Now?

    Sure Google, PayPal and Equifax were federally credentialed Identity Providers (IdPs) and there were governing bodies, massive government involvement and private firms all chomping at the proverbial bit.