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How to report a blog post thief using Google Ads to Google?

I have a blog, and found another site which is duplicating multiple posts of mine in their entirety (text, photos, captions, formatting, the works), in violation of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License under which I publish. The blog in question is on Wordpress, but uses Google Ads. How do I report the site to Google? Is it likely that reporting the site to Google will result in the thief losing Google Ads revenue? [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet on Sep 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Why does excluding terms from Google searches increase the no. of hits?

For example, Googling this:
"building works"
...produces "about 405,000 results". Googling this:
"building works" -program
...produces "about 485,000 results". Googling this:
"building works" -"program"
...produces "about 484,000 results". I realize the short answer is "Google is no longer a search company, it's an advertising company, if you're not paying you're the product, silicon valley greed micro$erf etc. etc. etc." but setting aside the snark/bitterness, what's actually going on that excluding terms increases the number of hits?
posted by Bugbread on Sep 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Applying for jobs when you have the same name as a skeevy criminal

I have the same first and last name as a US college athlete involved in a rape case that got some national media attention recently. When googling my name, even verbatim or in quotes, the first several pages of hits are news items about the crime, the trial, etc. I'm now applying for jobs and looking for the best way to preemptively make sure I'm not confused with [demonstrably horrible person]. Worries & details below. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet on Sep 8, 2016 - 35 answers

Why does Chrome's cache max out at 638 MB?

I periodically wipe Chrome's browsing data (usually when it starts feeling sluggish). The window that pops up shows the 'cached images and files' size. It's almost always at 638 MB and I've never seen it go higher. Why 638? Is it truthful? Is it arbitrary?
posted by cichlid ceilidh on Aug 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Glass planner app and Google Calendar question...

This is a long shot, but since I learned about the Glass planner app here, I thought maybe someone here can answer a question or two about it. It looks like everything I’ve been wanting in a to-do app, except that I can’t get it to play nice with Google Calendar. This is on an iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Aug 16, 2016 - 1 answer

Project Fi Users, Are you happy with the service?

I am in need of a new phone and interested in switching to Google's Project Fi. Would love to hear from anyone currently using the service. Is it reliable? Do you like the Nexus phone? Is the billing as straightforward and simple to understand as they claim? [more inside]
posted by pjsky on Aug 3, 2016 - 16 answers

I basically want Google Keep with the ability to do formatting.

Is there an app out there for me? I love the cloud aspect, the ease of use, the beauty+responsiveness+simplicity+speed of the UI... I don't need a complex project management system. Relatedly, an app like Wunderlist is not what I'm looking for -- it is too "to-do listy". I think Evernote might be the closest?
posted by demagogue on Jul 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Maps app with custom route selection

Is there a maps app that will give me time/traffic estimates on the route of MY choice? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 8, 2016 - 3 answers

How to remove a webpage of log-in credentials from Google?

A forum I used to frequent had its log-in credential database hacked several months ago, including user names, passwords, and the email associated with the account. My email is on there, and it includes my full name. The text file of the hacked info was available on tor sites previously, but yesterday I googled myself and discovered that the file had made it to the normal www and was featured prominently in google results. How do I get this removed from google results? Google's help pages for removing content are not super helpful; more details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Change color of tab bar in Google Chrome?

I'm using Google Chrome Version 51.0.2704.106 m on Windows 7. When I launched Chrome tonight the very top bar, where the 'new tab' button is located, is a bright blue. I hate this. I'd like to either change it back to what it was previous (a light grey I guess?) or at least set it to a lighter color via settings or extension or whatever. Is there a way to do this? Thanks.
posted by moxiequz on Jun 24, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I sync events from a Macbook calendar to a Google calendar?

I have been using the Calendar app on my Macbook - running Yosemite - and would now like all the various events (or “calendars” - the color-coded categories in the sidebar of the Calendar app) from it to appear in a Google calendar. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jun 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me understand my laptop + Google

When my laptop (MacBook Air) wakes up from sleep, I have a really hard time reconnecting to Google stuff: my Gmail, my google docs, even just plain old google.com. At the same time that all of this is happening, I can connect to all sorts of other web pages. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Marshmallow Google PLay Services Permissions Question

I didnt think Google Play services should be granted permission to my phone, SMS, biosensors etc on my new Samsung S7. So I switched them off . Now however, when I open a Google app (gmail, camera, Keep, etc) I get a warning pop-up stating that "Google Play Services requires all requested permissions to be enabled. Please click App Setting and review app permissions". I can click cancel and use the app just fine so far, but it is mighty annoying to have to click cancel every time. Assuming i dont want to root my phone, anything i can do about this? Now maybe google play services are totally above the board, but I would rahter not leave it to that as trust seems pretty misplaced these days.
posted by dougiedd on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Using Google Analytics for A/B testing

Using Google Analytics, I've managed to set up page A and page B to do some A/B testing. So far, so good. My sticking point: What I'd like to measure is which page sees more users clicking through to an external site. I can't figure out how to do this. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on May 31, 2016 - 1 answer

Kind of similar to BitTorrent Sync, but for Chrome

I have 3 windows with about 50 tabs open in my Macbook. I now want to go to my iMac and have these same open tabs. How can I mirror that? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on May 30, 2016 - 4 answers

How Do I Edit/Disable Google Playbook Recommendations?

I bought an Agatha Christie book with Google Playbook. Now, it's recommending every Christie book. Ditto Star Wars. I bought one book. Recommendations are awash with hundreds of Star Wars titles. How do I fix this? Google itself is no help.
posted by justcorbly on May 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Are google business reviews anonymous?

I have been looking online for a specific service and came across a company that I had utilized 3 years before. All of the reviews were 5 stars. If I want to leave a review (not a good review) I need to log in to the googles. Is there any chance of blowback for me? [more inside]
posted by futz on May 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Syncing Facebook Events with iPhone

How do I sync Facebook events with my Google calendar and/or iPhone calendar? [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on May 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Why can't I go to Google? Why do I sometimes get redirected to LinkedIn?

This has happened to me off and on for a couple of years, and I've never resolved it. Sometimes, on my Macbook, using both Chrome and Safari, I'll try to do a Google search by typing my search directly into the address bar (my usual way of doing things), and when I press enter, I get this screen (Chrome), or I get redirected to a totally unrelated website - usually LinkedIn like just now, but I think I've been redirected to Facebook in the past. This always resolves on it's own after no longer than a day. I don't have the same problem on mobile, on the same wifi network. I can't seem to find anything about it with a Google search (or maybe I'm not using the ideal search terms?). Anyone know what causes this and how I can fix it?
posted by ohmy on May 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Sick of missing appointments due to quite Android Calendar

I missed an appointment today as I didn't hear any of the FIVE alarms I had set in my phone, despite it being on the desk right beside me at the time. It seems Android's version of Google' Calendar's reminder sound is a meek little beep. My version is a klaxon. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

When did Google's reverse image search change, if it has?

I use Google's reverse image search via right-click in Chrome. Previously it would return some decent results, with useful suggestions. Lately it's been crap. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on May 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Another option instead of Hangouts?

Is there another text app (besides Hangouts) that will let you use your Google Voice number to text from and receive? I use my GV number as my main number, that way, I never have to change my number with people, should I get a new phone number. I just really don't like hangouts.
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 answers

How to get only certain events from a google calendar to sync

I would like to get only events with certain key words in the description to sync with another calendar-- the calendar on my iPhone would be ideal, but another google calendar is fine. [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Some way to send automatic email notifications via Google?

I became cognizant recently that you can put reminders on your calendar in Google, and these reminders will notify you when it's time to get a task done. However, they remind you by flashing a notification on the browser, assuming that you have Google Calendar open in the browser. I'd like it if Google sent me an email reminder for tasks instead. Is there any way to set this up? [more inside]
posted by cielgris on Apr 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Internet etiquette

Is it sociaIlly acceptable to google someone I knew, say 10 years ago, to find out what happened to them (e.g. where they live, what their career is?) I am not planning to contact them, I just get curious about where people ended up. If I search for someone on Linkedin, will they find out information about me at all, seeing as I don't have a Linkedin profile?
posted by EatMyHat on Apr 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Can't hear anything on Google Hangouts

I'm using a new MacBook Air. Audio works fine on every other app, but when I try to use Hangouts I can not hear anything. Other side can hear me. I've gone through the troubleshooting checklist. I've shut down Skype. I've tried Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I can pick up my phone and join the same call and hear just fine, so it's not a firewall issue. "Don't use Hangouts" is not an option as I have a weekly call with a bunch of partner and the call is via Hangouts. Any Mac experts have an idea of what else I can try?
posted by COD on Mar 31, 2016 - 17 answers

Google groups with a non gmail address?

I have been invited to join a google group for work. I do not want to join with my personal email. I have received the invitation via my university address. I cannot seem to accept the invitation. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Mar 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Site lost google search rankings after moving hosts and relaunching

This site is for a very small niche manufacturing company, so not a lot of competition. Switched hosting from a small private compnay to Siteground and relaunched fresh new updated version of the old site. Previous to the switch - all relevant keyword searches returned this website within the top 5-10. Google image searches resulted in tons of images for this site. Now nothing is returned with any of the searches. At all. Installed SEO plugin, followed all suggestions found on the internet, nothing has helped. Please - any advice is greatly appreciated!
posted by slowtree on Mar 15, 2016 - 5 answers

How to see addresses in My Maps (Google Maps) on iPhone

I'd like to see the address of each location I added to My Maps, when I view the map on my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Mar 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Yes, I would like a big camera rig strapped to my rather dodgy boat

Seems a long shot, but: A friend and I are planning on doing the Falls to Statue (Buffalo NY to NYC) route by canoe this summer, and we're intrigued by the prospect of bringing a Google Street View rig with us. What would be the best way to get in touch with Google's Maps team to see if they would be interested in letting us take a Streetview rig on the route? I've poked around Google's "Contact US" site without much that inspires confidence.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Changing a restaurant menu URL in Google Places -- there has to be a way

Google Places is listing a menu URL for my restaurant, and it's *wrong*. Can you please tell me how to provide a new restaurant menu URL to Google Places. Something this simple shouldn't be impossible! [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Feb 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Show Google tasks on my phone calendar (iOS edition)

My question is pretty much what it says on the tin: I use Google tasks to manage my life, because being able to pin tasks to a specific day and shuffle them around depending on life/work/etc is really handy (also, I'm a professor, so I lay out my class schedules and then lay out my todos for the semester). [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Feb 18, 2016 - 5 answers

How to get out of the AdSense infinite loop?

I tried to finish setting up AdSense monetization on my YouTube account after having tried to set it up a few years ago and giving up when I never heard back from YouTube . . .now: [more inside]
posted by pt68 on Feb 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Changing google auto-suggestions

I am helping someone freshen up their google results. As per previous asks we are registering Linked-In accounts etc to push the juicier results down to the second page. Much good that does while Google auto-suggests Bob Bobsworth conviction when you start typing his unique name. Anything to be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Best 2016 IPhone photo backup

Looking for the most reliable and easy to use automatic photo/video backup solution for iPhone. Contenders include Dropbox, Amazon, Flickr, icloud, Google, and probably others. We take tons of photos of the kidlet, and want to ensure they're backed up somewhere between syncing to the computer. Bonus points for a solution that can easily be imported to iPhoto for wife and Lightroom for me. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 15, 2016 - 7 answers

What is Google Sites?

On my Google Dashboard, it says I have an insane number of views for my "Google Sites". I don't know what this is or why this would be the case or even what "sites" are. I have tried using the developer module to research this, but honestly it is over my head. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
posted by null14 on Jan 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Forwarding email from Google Apps at the admin level

Is there a way to have an employee's email forwarded to another email in our business domain, at the admin level? Google Apps. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jan 5, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I export Google search results (URLs) to a text document?

A Google search for this turned up several methods that no longer work. Do you know one that does?
posted by frantumaglia on Jan 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Any way to search which local businesses do not have websites on google?

I'm looking to freelance web design for local restaurants in my area. Is there a way to sort businesses with a website from those without? Obviously you can just click through but it's not very efficient. Thanks!
posted by bigspoon on Dec 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find a calendar app

I need a better calendaring option. Must be as simple as possible or I won't use it. Super long details inside. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 2, 2015 - 7 answers

What does this message from Google really mean?

I recently started getting emails every day from Google with this message: "Someone just tried to sign in to your Google Account XXX@gmail.com from an app that doesn't meet modern security standards." What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Dec 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Search is a search is a search...

Back in the olden days I had a whole slew of search engines I would use to find stuff on the interwebs, some engines were better than others, some were slanted in areas, science, images, etc. These days I just use Google and it seems to do me pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Centering histogram labels in Google Sheets

How do I get the x-axis labels on my Google Sheets-generated histogram to be centered under the bars? [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Nov 2, 2015 - 3 answers

How to create a dynamic Google Form for entering tutoring logs

Our students attend tutoring before and after school, and we need documentation of their attendance. We currently use a paper-based system and would like to move to a system based in Google Forms. [more inside]
posted by allison00 on Oct 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Google is Freezing.

Why is Google search always freezing? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Google Analytics alternatives - what do you get using something else ?

Alternatives to Google Analytics - why and what ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

The g stands for get off my lawn, football doodles.

I'm sure there's a setting tweak for this, but how can I set my Google homepage so that I still see Google Doodles but get whatever cool stuff the world outside of the U.S. is getting instead of these stupid, stupid American football animations every single Sunday from now until January? Google Doodles are generally so awesome, and these are so lame that I hate them and never want to see them again. I'm using chrome on both my android phone & PC.
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Sharing Google calendar in iOS without sharing email

How can my ex-wife and I share our Google calendars with each other in iOS so they're available on our iPhones, but without having access to each other's email? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Can my two Google accounts get Google married?

Back in 2012 when I set up my gmail account, I stupidly signed up for a Google account, forgetting that I already had one. Now my gmail and YouTube accounts are registered to one account while my blogs are registered to the other. It drives me crazy to have to be signing in and out several times a day to access whatever service I need. Is there any way I can merge the two accounts or transfer everything to the one account?
posted by orange swan on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Upgrading Google Drive Storage Quandry

Google Drive wants me to upgrade my storage by the beginning of October or I will lose my data. But I have a 1 TB promo that lasts until 2017. Should I buy the extra storage? (screenshots included below) [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

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