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Google Pirate Update Lands This Week, Torrent Sites Already Seeing an Impact

Google’s anti-piracy filter Pirate made landfall this week, in its first refresh in over 2 years. Metrics from major torrent hubs Torrentfreak and Torrentz are showing some keyword results dropping by almost 70%.


SEMPO Responds to Code of Ethics Questions

The SEM Post interviewed Tony Wright and Chris Boggs to ask some the of the burning question asked by the community on the proposed Code of Ethics.


Give Us Our Snippets Back: German Publisher Back Down On Google News Issue

VG Media, a consortium of German publishers have asked Google to restore thumbnails and snippets from the News results claiming that the loss of traffic from the changes may cause some of the member companies to go bankrupt.


Apple Launches Self-Serve Local Business Listing

Apple’s new “Map Connect” allows local business to add listing directly into Apple Maps, the only the things required to get started are an Apple ID and a business local phone number.


Apple Responds to New Privacy Concerns in OSX Yosemite

In other Apple new, the company released a statement addressing privacy issues with Yosemite’s version of the Spotlight search tool. A warning on Apple’s supports informs user that their web search queries, including Google search suggestions, and other relevant information would be collected by Apple servers


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