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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.

Keep scrolling. Using a data set about homes, we will create a machine learning model to distinguish homes in New York from homes in San Francisco.

This is very, very cool and well done.

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What is machine learning? See how it works with our animated data visualization.
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Yahoo to Acquire Polyvore

Polyvore is a leading social shopping site that enables its users across the globe to shop their favorite products, discover new inspiration and express their style. The acquisition will accelerate Yahoo’s digital content growth strategy across the areas of social, mobile, and native.

A style acquisition before labor day? I don't know about that or whether this match is going anywhere.

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By Simon Khalaf, SVP Product & Engineering, Publisher Products Polyvore has perhaps the most amazingly engaged digital community of passionate style lovers creating shoppable content anywhere. Which is why I’m so excited to announce today that Yahoo has agreed to acquire Polyvore and the wonderful team who built the business. The combination of Yahoo’s exclusive, premium content with Polyvore’s expertise on community-driven experiences and reta...
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Bloodline

If you haven't watched Bloodline yet, I'm sort of jealous because it's just that good.
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Game Changing New Home Service Ad Format

Dr. Pete Meyers of Moz was one of the first to notice the new ad format on Twitter yesterday and called it a “potential game-changer” – and I can’t help but agree. This new ad format is definitely going to help local advertisers get the most out of Google by allowing them to take the top of the SERP with a rich ad format and lead capture opportunity.

If Google gets this to work and they invest in expanding to other service providers you're going to see some serious fireworks. 

#google   #search   #makespopcorn   #disintermediate  
Google is testing a new ad format for local home service providers like plumbers and locksmiths. This is game-changing for local advertisers.
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Baidu on Online to Offline (O2O) services

Each company has its own DNA. The Google guys are really good at hardcore technology. In order to be successful in O2O, you need that determination in operational experience. You need a large salesforce. You need to talk to those mom-and-pop shops face-to-face. You need a lot of people who are paid one tenth of a Google engineer, you need to manage that kind of workforce to do that.

So, this is the Baidu that cheated in a machine learning competition so they could claim to beat Google and now seemingly doesn't see their mapping division as 'operational experience' or even their AdWords sales team. Not to mention that they're investing in Uber but Google's actually further ahead on the self-driving car thing. 

It would just be nice if the folks at Baidu would just be happy doing what they do. But it seems clear to me that they have a massive inferiority complex with Google and it threatens to cloud their judgement.

#baidu   #jealousmuch  
CEO Robin Li talks to Re/code about the partnership with Uber, e-commerce and self-driving cars.
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Everything In Its Right Place

So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.

The focus on interests seems like an overdue pivot for Google+ and, frankly, I never thought the idea of Circles was workable. But I'm a bit surprised to see Google essentially abandon Google+ as an identity platform. 

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App Interstitials Mobile Usability Errors

Having a full-page interstitial popup on a web page began to be logged as a mobile usability error. Websites with these popups may see their mobile usability error rate jump starting that date.

First the blog post, now this, and then ...

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Google is taking the first step to reduce the number of app interstitials presented to mobile users when visiting a website.  Starting August 14th, Google will begin treating webpages that serve users with a full page app interstitial as a mobile usability error in Google Search Console. August 14 Having a full-page interstitial popup on …
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And you did. RIP Roddy.
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Google Indexing More URLs From Websites

Have you notice an uptick in the number of URLs that Google is reporting as indexed in Google Search Console?  Well, there is a good reason for that.  Google is now indexing more URLs.

I think the response to why from +Gary Illyes is hilarious but also points to the real resource constraints involved in crawling and indexing an ever expanding corpus of URLs. What I don't think is well understood is that your index budget just went up and that means you should be thinking about how to optimize the additional index space. 

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Have you notice an uptick in the number of URLs that Google is reporting as indexed in Google Search Console?  Well, there is a good reason for that.  Google is now indexing more URLs. Glenn Gabe was the first to notice the huge increase in URLs, which seemed to start on July 26th.  One site …
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Facebook Fires Warning Shot at Google

There are more than 1.5 billion searches on Facebook per day. Most are non-commercial, for “people and posts.”

But for how long will those searches be limited to non-commercial queries? 

#facebook   #search  
Facebook announced second quarter earnings this afternoon. The company posted revenues of $4.04 billion and beat analyst consensus revenue estimates for th
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This Post Was Handwritten By A Neural Network

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Except this. This is the only part the neural network did not write. Blame our CMS.
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Drop in Bing Search Due To Encryption Roll Out

In short, we found that analytics tools showed a widespread drop in traffic being reported from the Bing Organic Search source. At the same time there was a spike in Bing referrers coming from referring sites, as opposed to organic search.

Ugh. Time to set up an advanced filter? #analytics   #search  
Bing says the drop in organic traffic you see in your analytics might be related to their HTTPS migration. Expect the drop to continue as they push more searchers over encrypted search.
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