Report: Google AMP results in Google News more than double

A report from RankRanger, a toolset that tracks the Google results, shows that the AMP results shown in the Google News section for mobile users have more than doubled in the past several days.
A week or so ago, AMP content was showing in Google News for about 30 percent of the news results. Now it is more than double that in the Google News US-based mobile section, with 70 percent of the news results returning AMP content.
Mordy Oberstein from RankRanger said, “[T]he number of AMP optimized news articles appearing within Google’s Top Stories on mobile has skyrocketed across the globe.”
On January 25, RankRanger reported about 30 percent of mobile Google News box results in the US showing as AMP. On January 29, that number hit 70 percent.

Here is a chart showing the rollout and increase by country:

It is unclear if this is a glitch or a change in the algorithm where Google is showing more AMP for

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How Google is tackling fake news, and why it should not do it alone

Fact-checking and preventing fake news from appearing in search results will remain a big priority for search engines in 2017.
Following the US election and Brexit, increased focus is being placed on how social networks and search engines can avoid showing “fake news” to users. However, this is a battle that search engines cannot — and more fundamentally, should not — fight alone.
With search engines providing a key way people consume information, it is obviously problematic if they can both decide what the truth is and label content as the truth. This power might not be abused now, but there is no guarantee of the safe governance of such organizations in the future.
Here are five key ways Google can deal (or already is dealing) with fake news right now. They are:

Manually reviewing websites
Algorithmically demoting fake news
Removing incentives to create fake news
Signaling when content has been fact-checked
Funding fact-checking organizations

1. Manually reviewing websites
Google does have the power to determine who does and does

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The trouble with truth

Since the election, there’s been a lot of discussion about fake news and its ability to sway masses into potentially false perceptions. Clearly, creating false perceptions in mass media is a dangerous thing, and it can sway public opinion and policy greatly.
But what about search engines and other content distributors? Even before the US election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that search engine algorithms, “when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they can shrink our expanse of information.” What responsibility, then, does a search engine have to produce truthful information?
Is Pluto a planet?
Getting at truth can be tough because not everything is black and white, especially in certain subjects. Take, for example, good old Pluto. Many of us grew up learning that Pluto is a planet. Then, in 2006, astronomers ruled that it was no longer a planet.
But in the last few years, Pluto’s planetary designation seems to have been in dispute. As I

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Google Introduces Candidate Cards In Search For Presidential Election Season

Google is giving Republican and Democratic candidates a privileged place in search in 2016. The company has launched what it says is an experimental feature that will create a prominent placement for the candidates’ own messages and content in a horizontal carousel in search results.
This is not an ad unit. The structured results will appear basically in the way that Twitter posts currently appear for candidate-related queries. However, the module is more flexible:

Candidates will be able to publish text with lengths up to 14,400 characters.
Candidates will be able to add up to 10 images or videos per post.

Google said in a blog post about the upcoming Republican debate that “political search interest spikes 440 percent on average during live televised debates as people turn to the web to learn more about the candidates and their platforms.” The new candidate cards will allow candidates to speak directly to voters and control some of the content in search about

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German Newspaper Publisher Trying Bring Failed “Google Tax” To All Of Europe


Disruptive technologies are often met with lobbying efforts to block them by vested interests trying to preserve the status quo. One such example is the unsuccessful effort by taxi companies to use the law to hold back Uber’s advance, especially in Europe. Another is the European newspaper industry’s efforts to boost sagging revenues with strict “anti-piracy” laws that are effectively a “Google tax.”
The strategy of trying to force Google to pay publishers for their content, in the form of restrictive copyright laws, has been tried in Germany and Spain with unwelcome and unintended consequences for the publishers. In Germany, publishers saw traffic and ad-revenue declines; in Spain, Google shuttered its News site rather than be subject to the copyright scheme. It’s mysterious, then why the publishers are trying to expand this strategy to the entirety of Europe.
According to Politico, German publishing giant Axel Springer (which just spent $400+ million for Business Insider) is leading the charge to

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