SEO industry raises concern after Google quietly published AI web stories

Google began testing a new search feature last week that left providers of SEO services in a bit of a panic. The addition saw extra contextual links included within the featured snippet that appears at the top of search results. Interestingly, the contextual links did not direct users to the original source of the featured snippet but to other sites.

Last week, Australian SEO consultant Brodie Clark spotted that when users hovered over the dotted lines included in Google’s featured snipper, content from a third-party site was displayed – often to provide further information on lesser-known terms. He also noticed that clicking on that link redirected users to the third-party site in question, not the source of the featured snippet.

Although the new feature provides potential benefits for search users, it could also penalize publishers of web content – particularly those that provide the information that Google repurposes in its

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U.K. Privacy Watchdog Faces Legal Action For Quietly Closing AdTech GDPR Complaint

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is facing legal action over its alleged failure to stop unlawful practices by the Digital Advertising Technology (AdTech) industry.

The challenge has been brought by privacy campaigners at the Open Rights Group (ORG), which said on Thursday that it is taking the ICO to court after it took the decision to quietly close a complaint against the AdTech industry and its handling of personal data.

The original complaint, which challenged the industry’s compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was filed in September 2018 by Jim Killock, executive director of ORG, and Michael Veale, a lecturer in digital rights at the University College London.

The complaint centred around real-time bidding (RTB), and argued that the real-time bidding

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Capcom quietly discloses cyberattack impacting email, file servers

Capcom has disclosed a cyberattack that impacted the company’s operations over the weekend. 

The Osaka, Japan-based video game developer said in a notice dated November 4 that two days prior, beginning in the early morning, “some of the Capcom Group networks experienced issues that affected access to certain systems” due to a cyberattack. 

Email and file servers were impacted. 

See also: Marriott fined £18.4 million by UK watchdog over customer data breach

Capcom has described the attack as “unauthorized access” conducted by a third-party. As the security incident took place, the company stopped some operations on its internal networks, likely to prevent the cyberattack from spreading further and potentially compromising additional corporate resources. 

Capcom claims that there is “no indication” that customer information has been accessed or compromised; at least, at this stage. 

“This incident has not affected connections for playing the company’s games online or access to its various

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Apple Quietly Made a Big Change to AppleCare and It’s Very Good News For iPhone 12 Owners

If you’re an iPhone user, Apple just gave you some very good news. Well, that is if you signed up for AppleCare+. By the way, I don’t buy extended warranties on anything, but I buy AppleCare. I don’t have time in this column to get into all of the reasons why, but this one should be more than enough.

See, if you pay for AppleCare+, you get accidental damage coverage on your device. That means that if you drop your iPhone as you’re getting out of the car, and the screen shatters, instead of paying the full cost of a replacement (which can get very expensive), you pay $29.00.

In September, just before the launch of the iPhone 12, Apple quietly made a change. Normally that would be bad news. Normally, when companies change the terms and conditions of a warranty, it almost never comes out in the favor of

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Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp, which has largely evaded Washington’s scrutiny of Big Tech companies and scored a lucrative $10 billion government contract under the Trump administration, has emerged as a significant backer of the Biden campaign.

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The Redmond, Washington-based software company is the fourth largest contributor to Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s candidate campaign committee, according to data from OpenSecrets, a website which tracks money in politics and campaign finance records.

The company’s President Brad Smith is playing a key role behind the scenes, hosting a fundraiser for Biden last year in Medina, Washington. He is also a big dollar bundler – people who help raise more than $25,000 for the Biden campaign – and had a public role during the Democratic National

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Quietly Launch Minimalistic Archewell Website

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a low-key launch for their Archewell foundation’s new website this week. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex debuted the new site, archewell.com, without an announcement. 

The minimalistic site merely features the meaning behind the foundation’s name, which is broken into two parts. 

“Arche” is listed as a Greek word meaning, “source of action,” and “Well” is defined as, “a plentiful source or supply;  a place we go to dig deep.”

There’s also an option for people to subscribe for emails about future activities and initiatives. The foundation’s contact address is listed as an address on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. 

The couple announced the name of their non-profit back in April after the news was leaked. 

“Before Sussex Royal, came the idea of ‘Arche’ — the Greek word meaning ‘source of action.’ We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to

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