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DuckDuckGo Reaches Past 10 Billion Searches - 4 Billion Were in 2016

Good news for those of you who support search engine alternatives to Google and Bing - DuckDuckGo is celebrating another milestone.

"Methbot" is one of "the most profitable bot operations in existence"

The bot operation called "Methbot" watches up to 300 million video-based ads every day automatically.

New Yahoo Hack announced: More than 1 billion accounts from 2013 stolen

Yahoo has just confirmed a new hack from 2013 which surpasses the previous 500,000 million.

Just in Time for Black Friday - Amazon Drops the Hammer and Deletes 500,000 Incentivized Reviews

Back in October, Amazon warned that they would be taking a serious look at incentivized reviews on their platform. Now, just in time for the holidays, they've made good on their word.

Phishers Certainly Are Using AMP Pages Effectively

Be aware that if you get an email from, it could be from a phishing site.

If Google Wants to Keep Up, They Need to Fix Their Direct Answers

Google's direct answer system is riddled with errors. It's a disaster on mobile devices and will be an even bigger problem for Google Home.

Google gets an extension from E.U. over Android antri-trust practices, and a fine is expected

Google/Alphabet and Android are in hot water with the E.U. over anti-trust practices relating to the pre-loading of Google apps on smartphones.

Some Sellers Report an Increase in Required Reviews for AdWords Star Ratings to Appear

In order to get some stars and seller reviews showing up in AdWords ads, businesses are currently told that they need at least 30 reviews.

Alphabet is Making Bank

Alphabet (and therefore Google) saw year on year profit growth of 24% for Q2 2016.

Adblockers: Prevalence and Popularity

How often do Adblockers come up in casual conversation? That's the subject of this WebmasterWorld thread.

Another Rough Week for Google

A class action lawsuit about AdWords can proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court says. Well, really they declined to hear the case.

Google's Paris Office Raided By Investigators Over Alleged Unpaid Taxes

Google's Paris office has been raided by investigators where Google is accused of owing the French state

Are Monthly SEO Contracts a Scam?

People can be skeptical of a lot of SEO practices. Is the method of payment one of them?

Is Zombie Traffic Just Mis-Matched Traffic?

For what feels like half a year or more, zombie traffic has been plaguing all sorts of websites.

UK Courts Rule With Google in Anti-Competitive Lawsuit

Over in the EU, Google has been battling an antitrust case for a while now.

When Online Reviews Are Business, Don't Be Surprised When Businesses Take Action Against Libel

Ever wondered where the line is between a disgruntled, fake review and cold, hard, libel?

Google Paid a Hefty Price for Default iOS Search

Both Google and Apple tried to have the $1 billion figure hidden from the public when it came to light in court documents for a case between Oracle and Google. Journalists got to it first though.

Yahoo Backs Out of Alibaba Sale

Yahoo has been determined to complete a tax-free spinoff of its stake in Alibaba, even after the IRS said it might not fly.

Social Logins: The Solution to Cart Abandonment?

Only 66% of users on complex payment systems will complete a transaction - making cart abandonment a major issue for ecommerce sites.

Online Reputation Case Studies by Industry from Techavation

Dealing with reputation issues, identity theft, negative reviews, and viral bad publicity are all issues businesses and SEOs face regularly.