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Matt Cutts Webmaster Video Infographic. French Company Seeks $421M From Google For “Blacklisting” Perhaps sensing “blood in the water,” a French company called 1plusV has sued Google in the Paris Commercial Court for the equivalent of $421 million.

French Company Seeks $421M From Google For “Blacklisting”

(The civil complaint was orginally filed on February 22, 2011.) An operator of vertical search sites, 1plusV is the corporate parent of legal search engine, one of three companies (including Foundem and Microsoft-owned Ciao) that filed formal antitrust complaints against Google with European Commission last year.

Those complaints led directly to the EC’s decision to pursue an antitrust action against Google, which is now in process. The civil case doesn’t really involve a new set of claims but is a kind of follow-up to Ejustice’s earlier complaint, this time for substantial money damages. 1plusV wouldn’t be entitled to any damages from the EC antitrust action if there were findings against Google. Google Says Stop Reading Tin Foil Hat SEO. The Google+ Project. Google Plus: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

When I first logged into Google+ I was a bit underwhelmed, but the more I used and explored the site, the more I liked it.

Google Plus: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

While it has already been deemed Google’s Facebook competitor, it is quite different. I want to share my opinion on the pros and cons of the site to help shine a little light on what exactly Google+ is, and what it does (and doesn’t) do well. The Good Better Privacy. Google Plus Shortcuts & Tips. “the motherlode of Google+ tips for all y’all suckas that don’t know…” – Donny Rhoades I figured it would be useful to put all of the Google Plus tips and shortcuts I have found thus far in one handy place.

Google Plus Shortcuts & Tips

Please add any additional tips you discover in the comments. How To See Inside Google+ If You Can’t Get Inside Google+ Google+ has been live for a full day now, and there’s plenty going on within the service, even with the limited number of people in there.

How To See Inside Google+ If You Can’t Get Inside Google+

Curious to see? Here’s a guide on peeping into Google Plus. Anything that happens with Google+ can be made public with the world, if someone chooses to do so. Googleopoly: The Definitive Guide To Antitrust Investigations Against Google. We’re another step closer to the US Federal Trade Commission launching an expected antitrust investigation of Google.

Googleopoly: The Definitive Guide To Antitrust Investigations Against Google

If it does, the FTC will join the EU and Texas in doing broad investigations. But Google’s been examined for antitrust issues many times before this and mostly come through OK. Here’s our comprehensive guide to Google and antitrust actions, over the years. Irish Hotel Sues Google For Defamation Over Autocomplete Suggestion. A popular Irish hotel has sued Google for defamation because Google’s autocomplete feature suggests to searchers that the hotel is in receivership.

Irish Hotel Sues Google For Defamation Over Autocomplete Suggestion

Searchers looking for the Ballymascanlon Hotel — a four-star property that’s reportedly one of the most popular wedding venues in northeast Ireland and is not in financial trouble — see “ballymascanlon hotel receivership” as an autocomplete suggestion as soon as they’ve typed only eight letters of the hotel name. According to a recent Sunday Times article (quoted here by TJ McIntyre), some brides have contacted the hotel “in tears” after seeing the autocomplete suggestion, no doubt fearing that their wedding plans would have to be scrapped. As Mark Collier writes, the hotel isn’t seeking punitive damages from Google; the suit only asks for an injunction to stop Google from showing the autocomplete suggestion about receivership, and for Google to pay the hotel’s legal fees. Previous Autocomplete Cases How Autocomplete Works. Google Indexing Bing's Cached Image Results. Tristan Savatier, aka loupiote, spotted an interesting issue with Google indexing and displaying Bing's image cached results in the Google Image search index.

Google Indexing Bing's Cached Image Results

He posted a thread at Google Webmaster Help explaining that he found 8 million or so of the Bing search-engine cached thumbnail images being indexed by Google Image search. He then linked to this allinurl command that shows images that contain "" in the URL. New Googler, Gary Illyes, explained the reason Google is indexing the content is because neither Bing or the original site are blocking Google from indexing it. Gmail’s ‘People Widget’ Takes On Rapportive, No Browser Plugin Required. It’s probably not a good sign that I’m this excited about an email widget, but there you go.

Gmail’s ‘People Widget’ Takes On Rapportive, No Browser Plugin Required

Google has just announced that it’s rolling out a new feature over the next week called the People Widget — a small sidebar to the right of email messages that features contextual information about the people you’re interacting with in Gmail. I don’t have the feature active yet so I’m going by the screenshots provided, but it looks like the widget includes each person’s job title, recent email exchanges you’ve had with them, photo, calendar availability, and shared Google Docs. It also includes Buzz updates (hopefully Twitter integration is coming as well). If you only exchange a handful of messages a day then this probably isn’t a game changer for you, but if you’re constantly having to deal with a flurry of projects and hundreds of contacts, then it could be a godsend. Rapportive actually includes information from more sources, including LinkedIn, Skype and our own CrunchBase. Googlism : Google’s Matt Cutts Riffs On J.C. Penney, Panda Update & Other SEO Topics In Live Webchat.

Google’s Matt Cutts confirmed this morning that Google has lifted J.C.

Google’s Matt Cutts Riffs On J.C. Penney, Panda Update & Other SEO Topics In Live Webchat

Penney’s SEO penalty, that the Panda update will continue to rollout internationally and offered numerous SEO- and search-related tips in a live webchat on the Google Webmaster Central YouTube Channel. More than a thousand viewers tuned in but, for those who weren’t able to stay for the full 90 minutes, or who missed it entirely, here’s a recap of some of the more important topics.. J.C. Mining patterns in search data with Google Correlate. It all started with the flu.

Mining patterns in search data with Google Correlate

In 2008, we found that the activity of certain search terms are good indicators of actual flu activity. Based on this finding, we launched Google Flu Trends to provide timely estimates of flu activity in 28 countries. Since then, we’ve seen a number of other researchers—including our very own—use search activity data to estimate other real world activities. Google, Smartphone Contacts & Social Graphs: Has Eric Schmidt Crossed The Creepy Line Again?

Things have been a little quiet — perhaps even boring — since Eric Schmidt stepped down as Google’s CEO to become the company’s Executive Chairman. The strange quotes and not-so-funny attempts at cracking privacy-related jokes have slowed down in the past couple months. But Schmidt may have just added another one to his collection of so-called “creepy” quotes. Google Thinks Facial Recognition Is Very, Very Bad. Except Maybe For Famous People. Google’s Search Team (Finally) Gets Its Own Blog. Examining Facebook’s “Smear Campaign” Concerns About Google Social Circles. I read the news today, oh boy. The Facebook army had just declared a war. Well, a smear campaign against Google. DOJ Investigating Google Ads; $500 Million Set Aside For Potential Settlement. In a regulatory filing this afternoon, Google disclosed that it was taking a $500 million charge in the first quarter, apparently to potentially settle charges related to a Department of Justice investigation of the company.

Google didn’t elaborate, saying only that the probe was “into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers.” The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news. From the filing: In May 2011, in connection with a potential resolution of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers, we accrued $500 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2011. Although we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this matter, we believe it will not have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. Report: Google May Pay $500 Million To Settle Complaint Over Illegal Drug Ads. Earlier this week, Google filed a mysterious report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying it was setting aside $500 million related to a “potential resolution” of an advertising-related probe being conducted by the U.S.

Department of Justice. Now, the mystery may be solved. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the investigation relates to possible criminal charges, alleging that Google knowingly took money from, and displayed ads for, advertisers that violated U.S. prescription drug laws. The Wall Street Journal, like Search Engine Land, got “no comment”s from official sources, but cites information from “people familiar with the matter” in pegging prescription drug violations as the crux of the probe. Where Are They Now? Products Announced During Past Google I/O Keynotes. The keynotes at Google I/O — Google’s developer conference — are always filled with such promise.

Google TV, Google Wave, music in the cloud! But the products themselves haven’t always gone on to meet expectations. Googler Gets Short With Upset Webmaster. It is rare to read a post by a Googler in the Google help forums and get the impression that the Googler was angry with who he/she was replying to. So when I saw Googler Asaph Zemach reply to the ongoing thread on the Webmaster Tools link report bug with, what appeared to me as, anger - I was a bit taken back.

The story goes as follows... SEO comes in and asks why the link report in Google Webmaster Tools looks wrong. Googler Asaph Zemach confirms the issue and said Google will work on fixing the issue with the report. “Knowledge” Replaces “Search” For Google. Where Is Google Investing Its Marketing Spend Internationally?

If Google reigns supreme and leads the majority of the world’s markets taking a comfortable first place, why would the company decide to dramatically expand its sales and marketing efforts? Google: Mobile Search Will Pass PC Sooner Than People Think. Mon, 04/25/2011 - 07:17 by Greg Sterling. Legal Woes Mount For Google: “Locationgate,” Skyhook Suit And FTC-Search Probe. Following the revelation last week that the iPhone stored user location data a consumer class action was filed. This kind of disclosure/revelation-class action cycle is now familiar.

25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later. Five years ago, I wrote a story called “25 Things I Hate About Google.” It went viral, to my surprise. I thought it was worth revisiting that story on its five year anniversary, to see how many of those “hates” have been fixed. Google Bans Top Contributor From Forums, Community Fights To Get Him Back. Finding more high-quality sites in search. Our goal is simple: to give people the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible. This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content—both good and bad—comes online all the time. Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful.

At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on. Googler Quits To Build Browser To Block Google Tracking. DuckDuckGo Challenges Google On Privacy With DuckDuckGo, a small search engine that’s largely flown under the public radar, has started the new year by taking a public shot at Google on the issue of search privacy. Alpha, DuckDuckGo Expand Partnership. Wednesday, 20th April 2011 Wolfram|Alpha, DuckDuckGo Expand Partnership By Africa S. Hands. Odies (Tech) Android 3.0 Honeycomb Has Google-Built Augmented Reality? Google already knows its search sucks (and is working to fix it)

Matt Cutts Outed As GoogleGuy In New Book, "In The Plex" What Google Still Isn't Saying. Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets. Google: "Expect Some Big Changes Here Very Shortly" SEM Trends For 2011: What To Expect & What To Do. Video: BBC Airs One-on-One Interview With Google's Eric Schmidt. Founder Sues Google Over Offers Service. How Long Has Marissa M Been Testing Hotspot? Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks.