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Google to websites: Be mobile-friendly or get buried in search

Google is introducing a new algorithm that affects how mobile search results appear — a significant change that will take anywhere from several days to a week to roll out.

Moving forward, when you do a Google search on mobile, search results will prioritize websites that the search engine deems “mobile-friendly” — ones that avoid software like Flash and feature larger text, easy-to-click links and a responsive design. Sites that aren’t up to snuff will likely appear lower in search results.

See also: Now Google lets you save your search history

The change will impact millions of sites, more than Google’s last major search ranking algorithm update, Google Panda. Panda, which was launched in 2011 and has been updated several times since then, downranked 12% of all sites that Google rated low-quality. Read more…

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Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The company “cannot say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products “have the potential to be contaminated,” according to the statement. Read more…

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Blue Bell ice cream recalls all its products due to listeria

Blue Bell ice cream recalls all its products due to listeria

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The company “cannot say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued…

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Blue Bell ice cream recalls all its products due to listeria

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The company “cannot say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products “have the potential to be contaminated,” according to the statement. Read more…

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Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized images

Images are a vital element of social media. Set a photo with screwy dimensions as your profile pic or cover photo, and you’ve immediately set the tone all wrong

But don’t worry — we took a look at the optimum image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, so you can make sure your profiles and content look as good as they possibly can

See also: How to make your Gmail address public without going nuts

Bookmark our convenient graphics now, and you’ll have the sizes handy next time you want to redesign your profile

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Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized images

Images are a vital element of social media. Set a photo with screwy dimensions as your profile pic or cover photo, and you’ve immediately set the tone all wrong

But don’t worry — we took a look at the optimum image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, so you can make sure your profiles and content look as good as they possibly can

See also: How to make your Gmail address public without going nuts

Bookmark our convenient graphics now, and you’ll have the sizes handy next time you want to redesign your profile

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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As recently as the 1960s, no one really cared about the Iowa caucus. It was some also-ran contest buried amid other caucuses and primaries somewhere along the way to electing a president of the United States

Now, the caucus in Iowa is the all-important kickoff to election season, followed closely by the first primary in New Hampshire. And New Hampshire is arguably equally important, as it either affirms the frontrunner decided in Iowa or tempers the results of the first event with a different outcome

See also: Ted Cruz is actually the 195th presidential candidate for 2016

Iowa never intended to set the pace of every presidential election season. Though, now that it does, the state wants to stay there Read more…

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Why Iowa and New Hampshire are crucial in election season

Why Iowa and New Hampshire are crucial in election season

As recently as the 1960s, no one really cared about the Iowa caucus. It was some also-ran contest buried amid other caucuses and primaries somewhere along the way to electing a president of the United States

Now, the caucus in Iowa is the all-important kickoff to election season, followed closely by the first primary in New Hampshire. And New Hampshire is arguably equally important, as it either…

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Why Iowa and New Hampshire are crucial in election season

As recently as the 1960s, no one really cared about the Iowa caucus. It was some also-ran contest buried amid other caucuses and primaries somewhere along the way to electing a president of the United States

Now, the caucus in Iowa is the all-important kickoff to election season, followed closely by the first primary in New Hampshire. And New Hampshire is arguably equally important, as it either affirms the frontrunner decided in Iowa or tempers the results of the first event with a different outcome

See also: Ted Cruz is actually the 195th presidential candidate for 2016

Iowa never intended to set the pace of every presidential election season. Though, now that it does, the state wants to stay there Read more…

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Spring clean your credit score in our next #BizChats - http://ift.tt/1ceQiBD

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Winter is over. The snow has melted, the sun is shining. You’ve probably spent the past couple of weekends purging all of your overworn winter gear. Did you know you should be putting in that same effort (if not more) to improve your credit score?

See also: Financial experts share tips to better manage your money in 2015

Credit scores slowly trickle their way into the lives of adulthood and are often overshadowed by other daunting adult responsibilities like filing your taxes, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. Believe it or not, your credit score affects your ability to take out loans, buy a house or a car, or even start your own business. You owe it to yourself and your future to stop sweeping your credit score under the rug and spring into action Read more…

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Spring clean your credit score in our next #BizChats

Spring clean your credit score in our next #BizChats

Winter is over. The snow has melted, the sun is shining. You’ve probably spent the past couple of weekends purging all of your overworn winter gear. Did you know you should be putting in that same effort (if not more) to improve your credit score?

See also: Financial experts share tips to better manage your money in 2015

Credit scores slowly trickle their way into the lives of adulthood and…

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Carrie Fisher's amazing dog should be in 'Star Wars'

It’s cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary

The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers’ co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet

See also: 13 ‘Star Wars’ Etsy finds for the baby Jedi in your life

Gary is a therapy dog that helps Fisher deal with her bi-polar disorder. “Gary is mental also. My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart,” Fisher told The Herald Tribune. “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.” Read more…

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It’s cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary

The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers’ co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet

See also: 13 ‘Star Wars’ Etsy finds for the baby Jedi in your life

Gary is a therapy dog that helps Fisher deal with her bi-polar disorder. “Gary is mental also. My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart,” Fisher told The Herald Tribune. “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.” Read more…

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Carrie Fisher's amazing dog should be in 'Star Wars'

Carrie Fisher’s amazing dog should be in ‘Star Wars’

It’s cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary

The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers’ co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet

See also: 13 ‘Star Wars’ Etsy finds…

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Spring clean your credit score in our next #BizChats

Winter is over. The snow has melted, the sun is shining. You’ve probably spent the past couple of weekends purging all of your overworn winter gear. Did you know you should be putting in that same effort (if not more) to improve your credit score?

See also: Financial experts share tips to better manage your money in 2015

Credit scores slowly trickle their way into the lives of adulthood and are often overshadowed by other daunting adult responsibilities like filing your taxes, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. Believe it or not, your credit score affects your ability to take out loans, buy a house or a car, or even start your own business. You owe it to yourself and your future to stop sweeping your credit score under the rug and spring into action Read more…

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Beyoncé has an Apple Watch Edition with extra gold

How can you improve the bling factor of a $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition? Beyoncé has a pretty good idea.

In a photo recently posted on her website, she’s wearing an Apple Watch Edition with what looks like a golden band, which is not available through Apple’s standard retail channels

See also: Freshest 4-year-old ever breaks it down to Beyoncé on ‘Ellen’

In Apple’s online store, the Apple Watch Edition is only available with a fluoroelastomer sport band, or a variety of leather bands. And even though all of these come with a gold pin or buckle, you won’t find an Edition that’s available with a band that’s entirely gold. Read more…

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