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Here's another office-hours hangout that's coming up today -- this time the first one from the Google News Lab team. Come and drop by, it's especially interesting if you public news content. Feel free to add your questions to the event listing.
 
The News Lab at Google is launching a new monthly "Open Office Hours" Hangout series, where journalists and storytellers interested in using Google's tools for journalism can ask questions, get advice, hear from specialists within Google and from journalists already using Google tools for news. 
Our first session on Aug 28th at 9:00am PT will give you an introduction to the News Lab, our new site at g.co/newslab, as well as some of our friends at Google News and the Webmaster's central team. We will also announce a few special programs we are working on that might be of interest.
 
Leave your comments and questions here on the event page, via Twitter @googlenewslab, or email us at mediatools@google.com
We will select a few questions of similar theme to address in the Q and A portion of the Hangout. We want to hear from you! 
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Google News Lab. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I don't know why they're making such a fuss about this Martian movie .. I'm sure nothing will go wrong, and it'll just be like those relaxing wilderness documentaries. 
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Non-blocked link: youtu.be/-fdKyszL1Zo
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Is the color of the sky or the phase of the moon a ranking signal?

For the answer to this headline, and many others, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines
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Ps my dog poo'd on the carpet doest that mean I've been penalised? +John Mueller​
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A Google engineer went to Indonesia to do a user-study, here are some of the insights he came back with.

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The US-centric mindset is that the phone is a "second screen" and that laptops, desktops, etc. are the main device that people use. Not so here. It's not just "mobile first", it's "mobile only".
A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Jakarta to understand mobile (and especially mobile browser) usage in Indonesia. Indonesia is a huge country with a population of nearly 250 million people and a vast number of them are get...
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Yes +Adam Zale , Now I visit websites that takes me 3 times more clicks to do the same actions I did before them become "mobile-friendly"; they also waste much more space  on my screen. 
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What year is this? o_O

Another good reason to go HTTPS.
AT&T hotspot "tampering with HTTP traffic" to serve ads, researcher says.
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2015.
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Magnificent collection of classic paintings altered adding Star Wars characters.  :-)

In the post image you can see Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Can you spot the modification?  :-P

(h/t +Yonas Kidane)
The force is strong with these twenty classic paintings 'modified' with Star Wars tropes and characters, courtesy of artist David Hamilton.
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This must be a caption contest, right? (h/t +Jens Oliver Meiert )
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Interesting Blob URL blob:https://vine.co/a280f989-6e1e-4eec-94d1-cd54ff128d32 (Chome dont show video, Firefox Yes)
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The next office-hours hangout is lined up to start in about an hour. If there's something on your mind around websites & websearch, please leave a question in the event, or vote on those that you find interesting! 

As always, if you haven't had a chance to join these, and want to join us live, please leave a note in the event entry. 

See you soon!
 
Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout :)

Add your questions to this event page, this session is open to anything webmaster related like crawling, indexing, mobile sites, internationalization, duplicate content, Sitemaps, Search Console, pagination, duplicate content, multi-lingual/multi-regional sites, etc. 

This is a Hangout on Air on Google+. It works best with a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours 

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.
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Should you encode spaces in URLs as "%20", "+" or as a space (" ")?

(the answer is not "no" :-)) I run into this question every now and then, maybe this will help someone get it right too :). 

TL;DR: use "+" or "%20" in the query-string, use "%20" within the rest of the URL.
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One good thing about this is that so many sites get it wrong that most of them are pretty tolerant regarding their input. 
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Heute Nachmittag gibt's das naechste deutsche Webmaster-Hangout. Ihr koennt gerne eure Fragen eintragen, oder auch live mitmachen!
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Donnerstag gibt's hier wieder ein Google Webmaster Central Hangout auf Deutsch

Thema: Fragen koennt ihr hier auf der Event-Seite erfassen. Ich bin offen fuer alles Google/Webmaster-bezogene, z.B. Google’s Crawling & Indexing, Duplicate Content, Sitemaps, Search Console, Mehrsprachige & internationale Websites, usw. 

Wo: Hier auf Google+. Mehr ueber Hangouts findet ihr unter https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours  -- eine Webcam ist praktisch, aber nicht notwendig. 
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We didn't watch live due to the time in Australia. nice hangout though so thank you .
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Live in 30mins! Ask your security questions in this live Q&A session as we wrap up #NoHackedhttps://goo.gl/U8htqZ
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Deleting those pages is good enough, provided the links aren't also going to legitimate pages on the site (eg, the homepage, or other from hackers modified pages). We'll generally drop links from our graph if they lead to a 404 page. 
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Good overview of where we're at with RWD images: bit.ly/1JtFlaI - plus some good best practices tips.
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