Friday, August 29, 2014

Around The Net

  • Google Kills Authorship, Reinforces Structured Markup LanguageGoogle+

    Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller wrote in a Google+ post that the engine has discontinued use of the Authorship feature that highlights the author's name and photo of the content. Google will continue the use of a structured markup language, which helps search engines better understand the content and context of pages on the Web. ...Read the whole story

  • Next U.S. Chief Technology Officer Likely A Google ExecBloomberg

    Sure to strengthen Google’s ties with the powers that be, Megan Smith, an exec at the search giant, has reportedly been pegged as the country’s next chief technology officer. “Smith, who was most recently a vice president at Google’s X lab, is a top candidate for the role,” Bloomberg reports. “Smith would become the third person to fill the CTO job, after Aneesh Chopra and Todd Park, who recently resigned and is returning home to California this month.”  ...Read the whole story

  • How Long Before You Check Your Phone After Waking Up?eMarketer

    Research from Toluna has found that smartphone users in the U.S., France, Germany and Singapore look at their device much faster in the morning after waking up compared with just under two-thirds of U.S. smartphone users look at their device within 15 minutes. A similar number of U.S. users do so within 15 minutes of going to bed. The data from eMarketer cites suggests that when it comes to total Internet time, more than half of Internet users in the U.S. said they spent at least 3 hours daily on the Web, compared with 48% of respondents in the UK. ...Read the whole story

  • Microsoft Won't Cave on Email PrivacyThe Epoch Times
  • 'Financial Times' Debuts "Wearable" App The Drum
  • Target, Nordstrom Expand Mobile Commerce OptionsMobile Commerce Daily
Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy, Research Shows

In addition to all its obvious benefits in terms of cat pictures, more and more research suggests that social media has some substantial drawbacks including negative social and psychological impacts. The latest such study was performed ...More