Archive for September, 2012

Title: Google Tweaks Rich Snippets Testing Tool, Calls It Structured Data Testing Tool

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Google has launched a new version of its rich snippet testing tool, which it now calls the Structured Data Testing Tool. The company says it has improved how it displays rich snippets in the tool to better mach how they appear in search results.

Google also says the new design makes it clearer what structured data Google can extract from the page (and how it may be shown in search results). It’s also now available in languages other than English.

The tool works with all supported rich snippets, as well as authorship markup, at least in theory.

Former Googler Vanessa Fox, who built Webmaster Central, writes, “I’m having a bit of trouble with the tool. For instance, looking at the page they show in the blog post: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/banana-banana-bread/, the rich snippet appears in the tool correctly…However, the image is missing for this page in the actual search results. Why isn’t the image showing up?”

You can access the tool here.

Last month, Google introduced the Structured Data Dashboard in Google Webmaster Tools. More on that here.

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Title: Technology Briefs — Sept. 24

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Iran Blocking Google

Iran is blocking access to Google’s search and e-mail services in favor of its own domestic Internet network.

The domestic network would control what information its citizens could access.

According to Slash Gear, the Iranian government has connected its government agencies to the new national network in a bid to improve the country’s cybersecurity. The Iranian government will now move the public to the new online program.

According to the report, citizens would be fully connected to the new network by March 2013.

Patent Wars Continue

Motorola and Samsung have won a patent fight against Apple.

A German court found the two companies did not violate Apple’s multi-touch patent.

According to Reuters, the technology is used on various Android-based devices from Motorola and Samsung. Android technology is now owned by Google.

A German court, however, recently found Motorola had violated Microsoft patents, awarding the Redmond-based firm an injunction against the offending products, the Reuters story said.

Samsung and Motorola have been embroiled in patent wars with Apple for more than a year.

Samsung lost recently in California when a jury awarded $1.05 billion to Apple in damages. Samsung is appealing.

Last week in Munich a judge ruled Motorola violated Apple’s “overscroll bounce” patent.

Hacker Gets Google Maps on iOS 6

Google Maps has found its way onto iOS 6 thanks to a hacker.

Engineer Ryan Petrich tweeted Sept. 23 he was able to persuade Google Maps to work with Apple’s software “with a little trickery.”

The self-professed iOS 6 hacker said he was able to get the iOS 5.1 version of Google’s app to run on an iPhone 3GS that had been updated to iOS 6.

He also posted a video clip of Google Maps working on Apple’s new mobile OS.

 

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Technology Briefs — Sept. 24

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Title: Now Is Your Chance To Ask Matt Cutts A Question

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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen some of the Webmaster Help videos Google’s Matt Cutts has done. He regularly takes questions from webmasters about various Google behaviors, and uploads responses to YouTube. Sometimes, they’re longer in more in depth, and sometimes they’re quick and to the point. We usually share them here as they become available, as they’re often filled with useful information, even if it’s not always completely new info.

Cutts took to his blog this afternoon to announce that he’s currently taking questions for the next series. He says he plans to record some videos next week, and asks that people submit their questions via this Google Moderator page.

Ask Matt Cutts a question

So, now is the time to submit a question if you want a shot at getting an answer from Google’s Distinguished Engineer and head of web spam. The man can hardly walk through the hallways at an industry conference without being bombarded by people with questions. His answers are clearly in demand. Here’s your chance to get an answer without having to wait in line.

Or, of course, you can just check out the Moderator page, and just upvote the questions you think are best.

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