Apr. 21, 2015

Google to rank 'mobile-friendly' sites higher
The Sydney Morning Herald
More than half of Australia's biggest companies will "disappear" from Google on mobile devices as the US technology giant changes the way it ranks searches. Google will prioritize companies that have "mobile-friendly" websites when people use the search engine on their smartphones or tablet computers. Google says businesses with desktop-only sites will still appear in searches but they will be ranked lower then those tailored for mobile use.More

We need to get The Internet Of Things right
Tech Crunch
It seems everything is connected to the Internet: socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a role in shaping our future, we need to get a few things right. The statement "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it" has never been more applicable. At the events and conferences I've attended this year, it's clear that while everything is getting connected, few things are actually connected.More

Size matters on the Internet
The Wall Street Journal
In case anyone thinks the European Union's charges against Google are really about antitrust, the EU's digital commissioner recently made clear the real issue: "Our online businesses are today totally dependent on a few non-EU players," Günther Oettinger said at a trade fair in Germany. Eurocrats are on an impossible mission to undermine Silicon Valley because in the digital world, size matters.More

Facebook Messenger now has a web version
Small Business Trends
Facebook users have gotten used to chatting with connections on the mobile Messenger app. Now, Facebook has launched a new Messenger version for web browsers. This means users can now chat on the Web without being on the Facebook page. For now, this new Facebook Messenger Web version will not be replacing messaging on Facebook. This means you will still be able to send and receive messages on your Facebook page directly. Rather than replacing the Facebook chat, Messenger is a standalone app separate from the rest of the site.More

5 tips for the perfect website design
Business 2 Community
Creating the perfect web design is a daunting task, and goes far beyond creating a beautiful, content-rich site. Here are five tips to help you get started. Research is the foundation of any graphic design project — web design is no different. Getting under the skin of the market will give you a better understanding of industry trends. Knowing who your website is for will help you decide what elements to incorporate in the design.More

Yahoo shuffles Tumblr, Web-video leadership
Market Watch
Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer is shuffling management again to bring new leadership to blogging site Tumblr and Web video, two areas where she has pushed for more growth. Adam Cahan, the executive who had overseen mobile products, will lead a new group focused on video, according to people who have reviewed a company-wide memo sent by Mayer recently. More

Under Fire In India, Facebook's launches in Indonesia
Tech Crunch
Facebook's "free web" program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest launch in Asia to date. landed in India back in February, but it has come under pressure in the country after net neutrality become a national topic following concerns around the launch of operator Airtel's zero-rating platform for app developers.More

Google's 'balloon-powered Internet for all' is almost ready
In case you wanted another behind-the-scenes look at how Google's internet-by-balloon service is doing, now is your chance. The Project Loon team posted a new video showing everything from how it manages its balloon fleet, the balloon creation process, their partnership with local LTE network providers abroad and a few other aspects of the initiative as well.More

Comcast ups speed for all internet customers and adds 2Gbps tier
Slash Gear
Comcast has announced something that subscribers in California will really appreciate. Comcast has announced that it will be launching a couple new tiers of internet service in the state with a new extreme 250 internet plan that brings speeds of 250Mbps. Customers who are currently on certain Comcast plans are also getting a speed boost.More