Zhiheng Wang and Doantam Phan, posting on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog:

The “Speed Update,” as we’re calling it, will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries. It applies the same standard to all pages, regardless of the technology used to build the page. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.

You can check here whether your website is mobile-friendly. It’s time to start shedding that extra weight.

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Over on BirchTree, Matt has a modest proposal for Apple’s upcoming release for Apple Watch software:

It strikes me this year that we’re hitting the 5th major version of watchOS. This is not a brand new platform anymore, even though the Apple Watch feels relatively new in the grand scheme of things.

Some of the items on Matt’s list have been requested since watchOS 1.0, but we’re yet to see them. I see myself buying the next Apple Watch Series only if it has an always-on display and custom watchfaces.

The internet is a global, public resource. It relies on the core principle of net neutrality (that all internet traffic be treated equally) to exist. If that principle is removed — with only some content and services available or with roadblocks inserted by ISPs to throttle or control certain services — the value and impact of that resource can be impaired or destroyed.

Ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it. That’s why we are committed to fighting the order.

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Dan Goodin, reporting for ArsTechnica:

There’s a critical weakness in the widely used Transmission BitTorrent app that allows websites to execute malicious code on some users’ computers. That’s according to a researcher with Google’s Project Zero vulnerability reporting team, who also warns that other BitTorrent clients are likely similarly susceptible.

The issue is explained here and is said to likely affect other BitTorrent clients too.

Although the flaw was reported to the Transmission developers back in November 2017, an update with a patch has still not been issued. If you’re a Transmission user, you can temporarily disable the “Remote Access” option to mitigate any attacks.