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Google to stop supporting noindex directive in robots.txt

Effective September 1, Google it will stop supporting unsupported and unpublished rules in the robots exclusive protocol, the company announced on the Google Webmaster blog. That means Google will no longer support robots.txt files with the noindex directive listed within the file. “In the interest of maintaining a healthy ecosystem and preparing for potential future …

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Google lobs invective at EU Copyright Directive

The EU’s new Copyright Directive is waiting to be ratified by the European Parliament and member states. Ratification in the next couple of months is all but certain; however, it’s not yet formal law across Europe. The Directive creates a single digital market across Europe. Google speaks. This weekend Google’s SVP of Global Affairs, weighed …

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EU copyright directive poised to become law, includes licensing fees for search engines

The European Union’s hotly debated Copyright Directive is set to become law. The final language has been agreed upon and all that is now required is formal European Parliament and member-state approval, which are widely expected. The Directive will govern copyright rules across Europe and is intended to create “a single digital market” and compensate …

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EU copyright directive nearing final form as Google tests stripped-down news SERPs

The final language of the EU Copyright Directive will reportedly be released next week. The directive seeks to “harmonize” copyright law across Europe. However there are two provisions (Articles 11 & 13) that are highly problematic and have caused free-speech advocates and many online publishers grave concern: Article 11 would require Google, Bing and other …

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Coding Error Causes Google to Ignore Noindex Directive

A not commonly known coding bug that’s easily overlooked will cause Google to ignore robots noindex meta tags. This can happen when copy and pasting code from a non-coding environment (like a document editor or a web page). A website was discovered that has a noindex,no follow directive that Google is ignoring, resulting in the …

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EU approves controversial copyright directive aimed at Google, Facebook, Twitter

The European Parliament has backed a highly restrictive copyright directive intended to benefit traditional European news publishers and copyright holders at the potential expense of user-generated content and U.S. internet companies, including Google. An earlier version of the directive was rejected in July. The new rules must be approved by member states before they can …

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