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‘GoogleGuy’ Matt Cutts Leaves Google, Will Continue with the US Digital Service

Matt Cutts, who was once believed to be the mysterious GoogleGuy on Webmaster World forums and later became the main conduit of information to webmasters about Google search updates, has resigned from Google. For the last few years Cutts has been on leave from Google and has more recently worked for the US Digital Service. He announced on his blog that he had resigned from Google as of December 31, 2016:

When I joined the US Digital Service, I only planned to stay for three months. That quickly turned into six months after I saw the impact of the USDS. In the last month, I made a big decision. On December 31, 2016, I resigned from Google. I’m currently serving as director of engineering for the USDS. Mikey Dickerson, the first administrator of the USDS, is a political appointee, so he’ll step down on Inauguration Day. When that happens, I’ll serve as acting administrator of the USDS. The work that the USDS does is critical to the American people, and I’m honored to continue that tradition.

The USDS played a pivotal role in rescuing the Obamacare website healthcare.gov that was beset by huge cost overruns while still not working. Cutts also notes that “the US Digital Service has helped veterans get their health benefits, brought bug bounties to the federal government, and helped the IRS protect taxpayer info.” He posted this video to illustrate the important work and accomplishments of USDS:

“Working for the government doesn’t pay as well as a big company in Silicon Valley,” writes Cutts. “We don’t get any free lunches. Many days are incredibly frustrating. All I can tell you is that the work is deeply important and inspiring, and you have a chance to work on things that genuinely make peoples’ lives better. A friend who started working in this space several years ago told me “These last five years have been the hardest and worst and best and most rewarding I think I will ever have.””

For those in the search engine space Cutts is very familiar, having attended many Pubcon, SearchEngineStrategies and SearchEngineLand conferences. WebProNews has video interviewed Cutts and written about things he has said hundreds of many times over the years while covering the search industry and Google. Here are a few of our WebProNews exclusive video interviews with Matt Cutts:

PubCon: Exclusive Interview With Matt Cutts (2006)

PubCon Las Vegas 2007: Matt Cutts of Google and Vanessa Fox (2007)

WPN Exclusive: Matt Cutts Apologizes on Behalf of Google’s Penalty against Google Japan (2009)

Breaking News: Matt Cutts Explains “Canonical Tag” from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft (2009)

Matt Cutts on Changes at Google (2008)

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Tori Spelling Reveals Shockingly Disfigured Face, Medical Spa Leaves Actress Red And Blotchy

Tori Spelling was spotted leaving a spa with an irritated skin on Saturday. Those who have seen the actress were shocked to see her face red and blotchy. Tori Spelling was spotted leaving the spa with an especially red, blotchy face — find out what happened: http://t.co/IdrltMul2u — Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 26, 2015 According to a source, the actress …

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Uniontown Standoff Leaves One Suspect Dead

As North Union Township police officers attempted to pull over a vehicle near Ohioplye State Park, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the situation immediately escalated to a dangerously violent one. Earlier, police were alerted to be on the look-out for a vehicle with West Virginia license plates, in which this vehicle matched the description. Yet, what initially began as a traffic stop quickly erupted into a pursuit, shoot-out, and an extensive standoff.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, at approximately 12:00PM, two occupants of a pick-up truck with West Virginia license plates were ordered to stop and pull over. They did not adhere to the officers’ orders, and a pursuit was initiated as the occupants of the vehicle slid open the back window and began firing shots toward them, as well as the state troopers, who began pursuing the vehicle on Bute Road. Fortunately, no officials were injured.

As police barricades were set in the area, a lock-down of the schools in the Laurel Highlands School District was issued, which consisted of Laurel Highlands High School, as well as Clark and Marshall elementary schools. The pursuit came to an end when the driver crashed the truck into a house on North Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown. The occupants of the vehicle escaped into the home of Norma Sherlock, at 216 Center Avenue, where they barricaded themselves inside. One of the occupants surrendered and the woman, identified as Jessica Lynn Phillips, was taken into custody. At the time, the police and state troopers, who were surrounding the home, also believed that the suspect took the home-owner hostage. Thankfully, soon after, they realized that she was safe at a neighbor’s house after volunteering at a senior citizen center.

While the standoff was still in progress, the lock-down of the schools was lifted and the students were able to return home, with the exception of those who lived in the surrounding area of the scene, until the situation was resolved. The standoff lasted several hours, but ended Friday evening. The police confirmed that the suspect, believed to be Donald Ray Brown, was found dead inside the home. Brown’s cause of death is currently under investigation, but it is believed to be suicide. Phillips is being charged with four counts of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, three counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude the police, and a number of other charges. She is currently in Fayette County Prison and is being held on a $ 1 million bond.

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Social Signals & Search – Reading the Tea Leaves

There is more speculation than definitive direction on how search engine algorithms are weighing social signals in search. Here’s what we can learn search engines value by dissecting and interpreting search results from Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
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