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Google Swears It Didn't Nerf Giphy in Search After Exec Bragged 'We Own Happy Birthday Now'

On October 3rd, the founders of the GIF search engine Giphy were riding high. A cover story in Fast Company chronicled the company’s rise to power and execs were spouting off about their dominance. One claimed that Giphy’s hold on search results is so strong “we own happy birthday now.” The next day, the company’s…

How Spammers Hijack Abandoned URLs to Spread SEO Garbage Across the Internet

“Was The Morningside Post website hacked?” a friend asked me. The site, which I once co-edited, seemed to have died, and returned as a zombie version of itself. About five months ago, my successors at TMP—the student-run news publication at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs—accidentally…

Google's tweaking its search results again. This time, it's adding a little tag to mobile-optimized results when you search from your smartphone, so that hopefully you won't get stuck on a GeoCities page by accident. Google's also said that it might change page ranking based on whether a site is mobile-optimized or…