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Coming Soon: Chrome’s Ad Blocker

Could Google’s ad blocker add more Chrome users?

Ad Blocker image by WeStudio (via Shutterstock).

A boost for Chrome usage? Given how much Google makes from online advertising, some commentators think the addition of an ad blocker is rather amiss. In fact, the only adverts it will block are those which the Coalition for Better Ads have classed as “unacceptable”. Image by WeStudio (via Shutterstock).

A bold move or a lack of joined up thinking? This week, Google’s plans to add an ad blocker to its Chrome browser, has been met with a mixed response. Some commentators think it would eat into their paid advertising revenue. Others think it is all about Google trying to boost Chrome’s market share.

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Google Hits Out At Fake News

Fact Check feature introduced to counter spread of fake news stories

Google Fake News Image

Apart from the fact there may be no World War Two Bomber On The Moon type of stories on Google, the search engine’s clampdown on fake news could see improvements to its news section, with stories backed up by linked sources.

Hands up who used to have a paper round? All these mornings or evenings carrying The Daily Telex or The Daily Moon to the top of the world? Sometimes, disgruntled of 56 Rochdale Road would give you an ear bashing over her missing copy of Yesterday. Ah, those were the days where yesterday’s fake news would become chip paper. On the internet, things are different: tomorrow’s chip paper is still on the internet. Five years on. Or longer.

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Are You Oversharing Your Office 365 Documents?

Reports of Office 365 documents being seen on Bing and Google results

Office 365 password security image by ValterZ (via Shutterstock).

Beware of identity theft: oversharing on Office 365 could divulge sensitive information on search engines like Google and Bing. Image by ValterZ (via Shutterstock).

Sometimes on social media sites, we might share a few items that other would regard as embarrassing. For example, the debauchery of a Saturday night out. Or our political and spiritual beliefs. Or saying that Mr Blobby’s eponymous Number One single was several times better than The Specials’ Ghost Town. Imagine if something personal was seen on Bing or Google? It has been revealed that some Office 365 users had shared their private documents publicly. Read more »

New Location Sharing Features for Google Maps

A good way of keeping in touch or a tool for stalkers? Could location sharing be a useful feature for Google Maps?

Net Sixty Six Location Sharing Google Map

Some time this year, Google Maps will come with a new feature. One that can be handy and creepy in equal measure depending upon how you use it. Being rolled out is Google Maps’ new location sharing features.

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The 2017 Google Doodle for St. Patrick’s Day

Net Sixty Six SEO looks at the Google Doodle for St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Skellig Michael, the inspiration behind this year's St. Patrick's Day Google doodle. Image by Andreas Juergensmeier (via Shutterstock).

Skellig Michael: the Irish island that inspired this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Google Doodle. Image by Andreas Juergensmeier (via Shutterstock).

Yes, it is that time of the year: St. Patrick’s Day. A time of the year associated with wearing green clothes, drinking Guinness, and healthy doses of Irish folk music. In truth, it commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The story of St. Patrick remains a source of legend. Read more »

A Look at the Manchester Irish Festival

Net Sixty Six SEO’s look at this year’s Irish Festival in central Manchester and surrounding area

Manchester Irish Festival 2017, market stalls, Albert Square (towards Net Sixty Six SEO HQ).

Manchester Irish Festival 2017: market stalls on Albert Square, facing Brazenose Street.

In Manchester city centre, the first three weeks of March are dominated by the city’s Irish Festival. From the 03 – 19 March, countless events take place in and around central Manchester. The high point of which is the parade in the centre of ‘town’ which takes place on the 12 March (Sunday) at noon.

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Ash Wednesday: The Things We Do For Lent

Our team at Net Sixty Six HQ have chosen at least one geek-related item they would like to give up for Lent

Lent image by SDecoret (via Shutterstock).

The person in this image has taken part in our Forty Days Without Gadgets campaign. She is pining for her iPad. Image by SDecoret (via Shutterstock).

40 days. Could you imagine forty days without the internet? Forty days without Greggs (yes, there are one or two of them near Net Sixty Six Towers)? Well, if we gave up any of the two for Lent, none of us at Net Sixty Six HQ could do our job properly. The internet is part of our Yin and Yang alongside the bacon butty which sets us up for most of the day. It is our life force.

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Metrolink’s Second City Crossing Arrives

Net Sixty Six welcomes its new neighbours on the Second City Crossing

Metrolink Second City Crossing image by M.V. Photography (via Shutterstock).

Happy New Trams: the Second City Crossing will boost journey options and reduce congestion on the city zone routes. Image by M.V. Photography (via Shutterstock).

Today, Metrolink’s Second City Crossing begins operation and we at Net Sixty Six are happy to welcome our new neighbours. For us and our visitors, the second line from Victoria to St. Peter’s Square will offer another way of getting to Net Sixty Six HQ.

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Net Sixty Six’s Street Smart Signage Solution

Net Sixty Six’s new signage stands head and shoulders above the rest

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An artist’s impression of the swish Net Sixty Six signage that will be displayed in the front window.

If you’re familiar with Central Manchester or have found us via Google Maps, you would know that Net Sixty Six SEO’s base is slap bang in the middle of our city. Unless you know where we are physically, it is a case of ‘blink and you miss it’ if you miss our HQ at 40 – 42, John Dalton Street. You may have seen our offices through the window of a Bolton-bound 37, or a Leigh-bound Vantage V1 bus. From this month, spending the best part of half an hour trying to find Net Sixty Six Towers will be over. One of our first floor windows will be adorned with Net Sixty Six’s spiffy signage. Read more »

Matt Cutts Cuts Ties With Google

Matt Cutts officially resigns from search engine and media behemoth

The Pentagon, Matt Cutts' new workplace. Image by David B. Gleason (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

The Pentagon, Matt Cutts’ new workplace. Image by David B. Gleason (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

An end of an era for Google was marked this week by a high profile departure. That of Matt Cutts, one time head of Google’s Webspam team. Today, he is now the Director of Engineering at USDS (US Digital Service). Before taking on his new role, he joined Google in 2000 where he became part of the furniture.

On the 31 December 2016, Matt Cutts handed in his resignation to the search engine and media behemoth in Stanford. A few months before then, he took a leave of absence to work for the US Digital Service. He enjoyed his brief stint and has decided to stay there. On his blog, he said:

“When I joined the US Digital Service, I only planned to stay for three months. That quickly turned into six months after I saw the impact of the USDS. In the last month, I made a big decision. On December 31, 2016, I resigned from Google.”

In 16 years, Google has changed beyond recognition. Back in 2000, its clutter free interface won new friends among internet users. With the average PC user having dial-up internet at the time, this was a Godsend. Today, the company that Matt Cutts has left is in better shape than ever. Not only in the field of search engines but also with its Android operating system and the Google Pixel smartphone.

With Matt Cutts announcing his departure days before the inauguration of Donald Trump’s presidency, the challenge he has will be a departure from his previous employer. Instead of Mountain View, his offices will be the Pentagon Building in Washington D.C. Rather than fighting spam on Google’s terms, his role will affect the USA’s 318.9 million people: from war veterans to IRS payment details.

We at Net Sixty Six SEO wish Matt Cutts well in his latest endeavours. We think he is more than capable for his role as Director of Engineering. If you’re reading this, Mr. Cutts, you are more than welcome to pop into Net Sixty Six HQ for a brew.

Net Sixty Six SEO, 20 January 2017.