Is there a Google update happening?

Apparently, a number of third party sources are claiming there there is some shuffling of rankings in Google:

The New Google Patent For Controlling Your Car Without Touching A Thing

This is actually scary:

Google clarifies and expands on Reconsideration Request documentation

From Search Engine Land:

How to Prevent Social Media from Being a Huge Time-Suck

When it comes to small business, almost every day someone is pitching them on the value and importance of social media.

Should people be allowed to be anonymous on the web? China doesn't think so.

In an article on TechCrunch, it was stated that starting March 1, 2015 China will begin forcing users of web services to register with their real name and their ID.

Google Can Now Help You with Your Mortgage?

Google recently launched their version of a mortgage calculator.

Adblock Plus whitelists Google; Google disables 500M ads

It's Tuesday and it's already "The Week of Ads." First we had the Super Bowl, which brought us some great commercials.

how slack went from $0 to $1bln using this strategy

this great article shows slacks amazing and inspirational growth story

Entertainment + Emotional Engagement = Best Combo For Successful Advertising

One of the keys to great, successful advertising is to be both entertaining and emotionally engaging. Advertisements are often successful at being entertaining but this is where many fall short.

Google Seeking Alpha Testers

Google is looking for volunteers to test out a new way to report search queries in Webmaster Tools.

The Marketing Impact of Facebook Out of the $227 Billion Economic Impact

Can you believe it? A social network caused an economic impact of $227 billion on the world!

Robot can now stand on its own without support or a wired power source

TechCrunch recently posted an article about the latest incredible humanoid robot, citing how the robot can now stand and move on its own without a wired power source.

It's Time to Let Google Back In

You might rank for your phrase but if you block Google’s crawlers, you might not get what you were hoping for in mobile search results, causing users to move on.

Customer "selfies" prove to be assets for brands

"Selfies" can be extremely valuable to a brand.

Are you a "guy" brand? Might want to revisit Pinterest

Pinterest has long been thought of as a network with a very strong female user-base but in an effort to expand they're trying hard to capture the male demographic and become a social platform with

Web marketers can learn from Chipotle's "disposable literature"

Chipotle launched a "disposable literature" campaign called Cultivating Thought.

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

Twitter recently purchased Indian startup ZipDial, which helps to build brand equity through on going mobile engagement.

YouTube to host its own Superbowl Halftime Show

The Superbowl Halftime Show is at the point where it (arguably) overshadows the actual game, with the performers and ads discussed long before and after the big day.

Google Pushes Mobile Usability on to Webmasters Even More

Unless you have looked at your Mobile Usability tab in the Search Traffic section of Google Webmaster Tools, you may not have even noticed you have a Mobile Usability issue.

Five (5) Under-Appreciated Sources for Local Link Building Success

The original Google algorithm of the late 1990's and early 2000's didn’t prioritize local intent and geography when ranking websites.