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Gmail and Google Inbox can search text inside images, including your handwritten notes https://www.labnol.org/internet/gmail-image-recognition/31062/
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Big news -> We knew this was coming. The "Speed Update" arrives in July 2018 -> Google announces that it will use page speed in mobile search ranking. But... "Will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users & will only affect a small % of queries" via +Google Webmasters

And more -> "The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content."

Seems like page speed will continue to be a lightweight ranking factor.
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Time to send up some potatoes.
Future Martian explorers may have a more accessible supply of water thanks to a new discovery from our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Eight sites of thick, relatively pure water ice deposits, likely accumulated as snow long ago, have been found in faces of eroding slopes on Mars. Get the details: http://go.nasa.gov/2mjOSPQ
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This is lined up for tomorrow - if you're up for some pre-holiday websearch fun :)
Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Dec 22, 9am CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20171222T09&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. 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 YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixPFGXYUwNM
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This wonderfully minimalist piece of tech poetry showed up in work Slack today:

can you hear me
I can hear you
you can't hear me
I can hear you
I need to reboot sorry

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The "trailing-slash or not" question comes up from time to time, so I thought I'd write something short up.
tl;dr: the slash after a hostname or domain name is irrelevant, you can use it or not when referring to the URL, it ends up being the same thing. However, a slash anywhere else is a significant part of the URL and will change the URL if it's there or not. This is not SEO-specific, but just how websites work :).

The first part comes from https://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec5.html#sec5.1 , where every request you make to a server must contain a URI, and if you're asking for the homepage, that would be "/". You can try this out with "telnet" if you want to feel like a hacker (they're just normal requests, nothing hacker'y about them :-)): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P4xnu5xEA7qtQGQRImoUkg1RA0ftTMR8x9pKov-5mE4/view

The second part is essentially a question of asking for a subdirectory or file. Many servers automatically redirect there, which makes it look like the same thing, but you can easily see it by asking for a file with an unnecessary slash, eg. https://www.google.com/humans.txt vs https://www.google.com/humans.txt/ .

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What the damned hell is wrong with people? How the blazes is anyone supposed to be able to read this without going blind? It's an obscenity. And you know what -- this isn't a Google site but Google has played a big role in this, by using low contrast unreadable fonts on their own services, providing a "Golly, if Google does it we should imitate it!" incentive for more of this crap, that is just begging for the government to get involved with associated accessibility regulations that would almost certainly make things even worse.
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Weiter geht's mit dem naechsten deutschen Webmaster-Hangout heute Mittag -- bis bald!
Donnerstag, 30. November, 13:00, gibt's hier wieder ein Google Webmaster Central Hangout auf Deutsch

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpUfO9IGL-s
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The next Office Hours hangout - last one in November! - is lined up for later today.
Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Nov 28, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20171128T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. 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 YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lJmpuaa-x0
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My latest blog post just went live -> How To Quickly Remove A Rogue Subdomain From Google Using The Remove URLs Tool In GSC – And Then How To Make Sure It Stays Out (Case Study)

In my post I explain how a rogue subdomain was activated during an https migration, how over 7K duplicate urls were indexed, and how we handled it (both for the short-term and long-term). It's an interesting case study for sure. You should check it out. :)
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