Weekly Digital News Roundup May 22-26
Google Begins Rolling Out Panda 4.0 Now
- According to SearchEngineLand, Google’s Matt Cutts announced Wednesday on Twitter that the company has released version 4.0 of its Google Panda algorithm.
- Google’s Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results.
- Panda 4.0 is a major update to the actual algorithm versus just a data refresh. Meaning, Google has made changes to how Panda identifies sites, and it sounds like this update will be gentler for some sites.
Some Privacy, Please? Facebook, Under Pressure, Gets the Message
- According to the New York Times, the company announced on Thursday that it would give a privacy checkup to every one of its 1.28 billion users worldwide, conducted by a cartoon dinosaur.
- Facebook will also change how it treats new users by initially setting their posts to be seen only by friends. Previously, those posts were accessible to anyone. And it will explain to both current and new users that setting their privacy to “public” means that anyone can see their photos and posts.
- The change in default settings and the person-by-person review is a sharp reversal for Facebook, whose privacy settings are famously complicated. For most of its 10-year history, Facebook has pushed and sometimes forced its users to share more information more publicly, drawing fire from customers, regulators and privacy advocates across the globe.
eBay hacked, requests all users change passwords
- According to CNET, the e-commerce site confirmed Wednesday that its corporate network was hacked and a database with users’ passwords was compromised. While eBay says there is no evidence that users’ financial information was accessed in the hack, the company is telling all users to change their passwords.
- The database, which eBay said was compromised in late February and early March, held eBay customers’ names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth.
- The eBay hack could prove to be the biggest security flaw to affect users since last year’s Target data breach, which is believed to have impacted 110 million customers and left personal information open to hackers.