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Is Google, Facebook or Apple a good guy anymore?

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Google and Facebook challenge French government on personal data law – SC… – StumbleUpon. This article explores who should control the users data. This is my response to that article:

Just who are the good guys? The government? Legitimate companies? Sometimes the saviors of something are actually the destroyers. According to Fred Wilson Apple is evil, and Google isn’t looking so innocent itself these days. Facebook is clearly selling out its users, and Microsoft continues to foster things that are not in the best interests of its users. 
http://chimac.net/2010/07/22/fred-wilson-apple-is-%E2%80%9Cevil%E2%80%9D-and-facebook-is-%E2%80%9Ca-photo-sharing-site%E2%80%9D/

Google Panda Update Shifts Estimated 1 Billion in Revenue to Large Publishers

Google Panda Update Shifts Estimated 1 Billion in Revenue to Large Publishers.CNNMoney has the details on this story. Interesting that it was so dramatic and few major media sites are covering it.

Top 25 Mac Blogs / Websites / My google Feed

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I should start by saying that I did a google search for the Top 25 Mac Blogs because I was going to write a post about it. Instead I came across a spam post with no way to contact the site owner. Clearly this was done for SEO purposes and not to help the average web surfer. This is why I titled this post in this way. Also you can read more about this back linking strategy here.

If you are looking for a recommendation, can you take someone who is anonymous as a reliable source for information? Instead of putting myself on the top of this list I am going to share my top 25 Google Feeds and sources that I use to keep updated. These are just part of the places where I look on the Internet. Clicking on any of these links below will bring up their RSS feed. Super simple to subscribe to in Google Reader or your RSS reader of choice.

  1. Ars Technica
  2. Boing Boing
  3. CNN.com
  4. Computer Reviews, News, Mac Software for Apple Laptops, iPhone
  5. Mac Life
  6. Daring Fireball
  7. Digg.com
  8. Engadget
  9. Gawker
  10. GigaOMApple
  11. Gizmodo
  12. Flickr
  13. Macsurfer
  14. in over your head
  15. kottke.org
  16. Macworld
  17. Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO
  18. Search Engine Land
  19. Search Engine Roundtable
  20. SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
  21. Slashdot
  22. StumbleUpon
  23. WordPress.com Technology feed
  24. The Consumerist
  25. The Next Web
  26. ThinkGeek :: What’s New
  27. TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog
  28. Weburbanist
  29. The Big Picture
  30. What’s Hot in Google Reader

Google Isn’t Always Right and how to opt-out of advertisements (via laurentravis)

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So it got the majority of the list about what it knows about one person. What does it know about you? I am curious so I checked out the link in the article. It was incorrect what it thought it knew about me but it gave me the chance to delete it and opt-out. I did. Go check out the article.

I recently attended an event sponsored by Google and the DCAdClub where the evening focused on changes at Google and how they may influence the marketing and advertising industries. One of the hot topics of the night was about Google’s targeted ad preferences. If you haven’t heard about this, it’s basically where Google tracks the sites you visit and then place targeted ads on future sites you visit based on what it perceives as your interests. W … Read More

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Google Tweaks Algorithm to Push Down Low-Quality Sites – NYTimes.com

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Google Tweaks Algorithm to Push Down Low-Quality Sites – NYTimes.com. The day this happened my results were up 100 views, and it was approaching a normal level (pre-change) for me. I wondered if something was going on. Anyone else notice traffic more to normal levels? The real test for me will be Monday.

Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe 9780226395777: Jean-Noel Jeanneney, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Ian Wilson: Books

Amazon.com: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe 9780226395777: Jean-Noel Jeanneney, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Ian Wilson: Books. I really liked this book. It showed me the self-serving agenda that Google had behind its Google Books. I didn’t really consider things from another perspective before. I think the danger of modern society is that we have so many things happening, it is hard to stop and think if what we are being told is true. While the book is short, I appreciated what it had to say. We wouldn’t have the standard of living, understanding or power if the United States did not listen to its varied voices.

 

Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones

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Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones. I have already covered the fallout here and based on my experience here. For some lucky people they have their sites reinstated.

Google engineers help good sites harmed by search result cleanup

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I wrote about this a few days ago about how my traffic was down a little. Over 95% of my traffic is from Google searches. Apparently some other sites have had half of their traffic affected. Wow.