Engadget: Google aims for greater transparency on how it ranks news

Engadget: Google aims for greater transparency on how it ranks news. “As it has done with several of its products, Google is aiming for greater transparency about a core aspect of its services: news. It opened a website to detail its objectives, principles and approaches to managing news experiences across its various platforms.”

Search Engine Land: Younger users rely on snippets and knowledge panel, often don’t click, survey says

Search Engine Land: Younger users rely on snippets and knowledge panel, often don’t click, survey says. “A new consumer survey about Google SERP engagement, from Path Interactive , finds organic search results still dominate user attention but younger searchers are more inclined to look to content in Featured Snippets and the Knowledge Panel without clicking through to third-party sites. This phenomenon has been dubbed ‘no-click’ search results and is a worrying trend for many publishers.”

Techdirt: Google Caves On Russian Censorship

Techdirt: Google Caves On Russian Censorship. “Late last year, we were among those disappointed by leaked news from Google that it was toying around with a censored search engine for China — a country that the company had mostly left nearly a decade ago. After loud complaints both from people outside the company and many within, reports in late December said that the company had quietly halted efforts to build a censored Chinese search engine. But now… the company may be dipping its toe in the evil pool again, as it has apparently agreed to cooperate with Russia’s censors.”

CBC: How Omar Khadr’s name appeared in a Google search for ‘Canadian soldiers’

CBC: How Omar Khadr’s name appeared in a Google search for ‘Canadian soldiers’. “Earlier this week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tweeted a screenshot of some curious Google search results. A search for the term ‘Canadian soldiers’ returned a photo of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr who was accused of killing a U.S. soldier in 2002.”

BetaNews: Knowledge Graph ‘bug’ makes it possible to spoof Google search results

BetaNews: Knowledge Graph ‘bug’ makes it possible to spoof Google search results. “A security specialist has discovered a bug in Google’s Knowledge Graph — the cards that appear at the top of search results to highlight key pieces of information and provide quick answers to questions– which makes it not only possible, but simple to manipulate search results.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Really Launches Zero Search Results For Time, Conversions & Math

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Really Launches Zero Search Results For Time, Conversions & Math. “This is not a joke, Google has officially launched showing zero search results – yes, showing no actual search results – for a some very specific types of queries. When someone searches for time/date, conversion or math related answers – Google may just show the answer with a button to click to see the search results. Yes, Google actually decided to show absolutely no search result snippets in the search results.”