Search Engine Journal: Google Confirms Algorithm Update Released on April 16th. “Google rolled out another broad core algorithm update this week. It was confirmed on Twitter that this algorithm update was released on Monday, April 16th.”
Business in Vancouver: B.C. isoHunt founder resurfaces to launch online search tool. “Gary Fung has always had a healthy fascination for how people search online. His first venture, the controversial torrent site isoHunt, worked as a search engine for those looking to illegally download movies, TV shows and music through a shared network. But now the 35-year-old Richmond man wants to rethink how we do our Google searches — this time promising not to push the boundaries of the law — with a new tool called WonderSwipe.”
Business Standard: Google files plea in NCLAT against CCI penalty for ‘search bias’. “Online search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal against an order from India’s competition watchdog that found it guilty of ‘search bias’ and abuse of its dominant position, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.”
CBC: Think twice before consulting Dr. Google, researchers say. “Eye twitching? Weird stomach pain? Leg cramp? Is it a symptom of a serious disease? Beware the temptation to ask Dr. Google. A recent study suggests internet health searching could make you feel worse. It could leave you even less informed. And you’re also potentially revealing private health information. It’s part of a growing body of research into the potential side-effects of consulting the internet about health issues — something that creates a risk of ‘cyberchondria.'”
Brookings: Views of American democracy based on internet search data. ” Critics complain that President Donald Trump has eroded democracy by violating norms of civility and undermining news organizations by accusing them of being purveyors of ‘fake news.’ Yale Law Professor Amy Chua has noted the rise of political tribalism that pits group against group and erodes common bonds… In this paper, we look at views of U.S. democracy using internet search data. We examine public interest in democracy, fake news, money in politics, ethics concerns, the rule of law, and major political institutions in order to gauge how Americans are reacting to recent developments.”
Search Engine Land: Bing ‘intelligent search’ capabilities continue to expand, include facts from multiple sources. “Bing has announced several upgrades to its AI-powered intelligent search capabilities. Bing first launched intelligent search in December, bringing artificial intelligence to deliver richer search answers, and enhance image and conversational search.” Nice.
Search Engine Journal: How Search Engines Crawl & Index: Everything You Need to Know. “Optimizing websites without first understanding how search engines function is akin to publishing your great novel without first learning how to write. Certainly a thousand monkeys at typewriters will eventually create something useful (at least this monkey likes to think he does from time to time), but it’s a lot easier if you know the core elements of a task beforehand. So we must understand how search engines work to fully understand how to optimize for them.” A good introductory overview, part 1 in a series.