Google is abusing its monopolistic power. So What?

The US Congress yesterday published its long awaited INVESTIGATION OF COMPETITION IN DIGITAL MARKETS report. The investigation was carried out by the Committee on the Judiciary, and examined the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, and their business practices.

Unsurprisingly they concluded that these companies hold far too much power over the digital marketplace. The report is highly critical of the conduct of these companies, and their impact upon the digital marketplace and indeed upon democratic accountability. The following quote from the report introduction encapsulates the findings of the Committee very well:

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Google to Sponsor Joomla from 1st October 2020

Google has recently announced it is to sponsor the Joomla CMS from October 2020.

Multi-award winning Joomla has long been our most favoured CMS for websites. We had already adopted its predecessor Mambo before Joomla forked away, and long before the young upstart Wordpress appeared on the scene :-). That's not to say we dislike Wordpress, and indeed use it for many sites, but Joomla has a number of 'designed in' advantages that make it faster and more robust than Wordpress. Designed as a 'framework' as much as a CMS, with its own built-in ACL (Access Control Level) system, it is an ideal solution for bigger websites that need a better way of organising and managing content.

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New Spanish Site for RN Electronics

RN Electronics - Spanish WebsiteOne of our long standing clients, RN Electronics continues to expand its activities in the EU.

With updated branding and a refresh of their international .com website in 2019, RN have been targeting new customers with advertising campaigns across Europe.

The logical extension is the creation of new websites targeting national audiences, and the first of these is a new Spanish language website.

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Wash and Brush Up for Bournemouth Avionics

After 4 years, the Bournemouth Avionics website was in need of a bit of a tidy up, and a bit of re-modelling, which has just been completed.

When originally conceived and built, the site was mainly focused on the 'services' aspect of the business: avionics sales, installation and service; aircraft engineering, maintenance, and storage. The then new online store selling avionics and accessories was secondary to these services.

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Major changes to Google Search Console

As of January 2018 Google are rolling out significant changes to their Search Console, with a new 'Beta' product and interface.

The launch statement from Google states: 

"Search Console is introducing a redesigned product to help you manage your presence on Google Search. The new Search Console was rebuilt from the ground up to provide the tools and insights that site owners and SEOs have been asking for. You can now confirm which of your pages are indexed and get information on how to fix indexing errors. You can also monitor your performance on Google Search with 16 months of data (to enable year over year comparisons)."

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