Back from his trip to North Korea, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has posted a few thoughts on his visit. But far more interesting and revealing was the travelogue from his daughter Sophie, who accompanied him on the trip. Schmidt posted about his visit on his Google+ page, saying North Korean technology is limited, the internet is supervised and that North Korea will find it increasingly difficult to stay isolated, concluding: As the world becomes increasingly connected, the North Korean decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world and their economic growth. It will make it harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very clear. Once the internet starts in any country, citizens in that country can certainly build on top of it, but the government has to do one thing: open up the Internet first. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government of North Korea … [Read more...] about After North Korea Trip, Eric Schmidts Daughter Outshines Father With Travelogue
North korea news agency
Accompanying a delegation led by former New Mexico Gov. and UN Ambassador Bill Richardson, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt arrived earlier this morning in Pyongyang, North Korea. They were there on what was described by Richardson as “a private humanitarian mission.” Richardson posted the following comment about the trip on his website: Governor Bill Richardson will travel to North Korea next week on a private humanitarian mission. The delegation will consist of former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Dr. KA Namkung; Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas; as well as some staff members. The US State Department expressed disapproval of the trip. The trip was originally scheduled for December and was postponed once in deference to the State Department’s disapproval. Richardson said that the delegation isn’t representing the US government in any capacity but that he’s seeking … [Read more...] about Googles Schmidt Goes To North Korea But Why?
Global outdoor apparel brand The North Face is on the retreat this week, having apologised for an SEO stunt that damaged their marketing reputation. The incident has brought a renewed focus to the value of white-hat SEO practices and the importance of integrity and reputation in the marketing world. What did The North Face do? The North Face seized on a popular target among SEO agencies – the coveted featured snippet. A featured snippet is an expanded search result appearing at the top of the page, often featuring an image and an excerpt of text from a web page that Google thinks will succinctly satisfy a user query. For many queries about topics of general knowledge, Google’s featured snippet is from the topic’s Wikipedia page. Searches for popular tramping or adventure destinations, for example, would feature Wikipedia snippets. Importantly, Wikipedia is a publicly edited and sourced online encyclopedia. Any user can write, edit, correct, or add to any Wikipedia … [Read more...] about Apparel Brand The North Face Pulls an Ill-Fated SEO Stunt
Google My Business has officially rolled out the new Agency Dashboard, which is capable of managing thousands of Google listings in one place.Google announced last month that this new dashboard was on the way, while also letting agencies register Google My Business accounts for the first time.Previously, a single GMB account was limited to managing up to 100 locations. Agency accounts are now able to manage an unlimited number of locations.Agencies registered with GMB will now have access to the new Agency Dashboard, which offers exclusive features such as:Manage all locations under one account: All registered agencies can now manage thousands of locations within a single Organization Account with fast performance.Send and receive invitations to manage listings: The new Agency Dashboard makes sending and receiving invitations to manage Google listings easier. Agencies can also view the status of these requests right from the agency dashboard.Location Groups: To simplify location … [Read more...] about Google My Business Lets Agencies Manage Unlimited Locations With New Dashboard
Today, Google News will begin offeringarticles from several major wire services and news agencies hosted on its ownsite, rather than sending readers away from Google. The move is part oflicensing agreements that have been stuck over the past year. Google News isalso promising better duplicate story detection, so that the original source ofa news article should be more likely to get visitors and readers get a betterexperience by not stumbling over the same story hosted by differentpublications. Google made a much publicized content deal with theAssociated Press last year in the wake of theagency threatening legal action because of Google News indexing. A similar dealwith Agence France-Presse was made this year,settling the AFP’s lawsuit against Google.AFP & Google Settle OverGoogle News Copyright Case covers both agreements. Not publicized were twoother licensing deals made over the past year with the UK’sPress Association andCanadian Press. All are part of … [Read more...] about Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In Results