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Weekly Update - January 6, 2017: Meltdown & Spectre, Google My Business and more

In this first week of 2018, there aren’t many updates, as Google and the other big tech companies recover from the holidays. Heck, I'm still recovering from the holidays.

The big news was that there are bugs in modern computer processors - dubbed Meltdown & Spectre - that allow programs to steal passwords and other sensitive data. Almost every computer produced in the past 20 years is affected. Chip manufacturers, OS makers, Cloud computing sellers and web browser developers - Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, AMD, ARM, Mozilla, RedHat and others - have released security patches, or at least discussed how their hardware, software or services might be affected. This issue is still developing, and I’m sure there will be more updates in the coming weeks.

There were some smaller updates as well:
  • Google My Business Listings can add video.
  • All existing paid YouTube channels and videos have been made private. Individual purchased videos will be available through January 1, 2023.
  • Google+ has started two free learning series: #CommunityExperts for Community Moderators and #CreateConnections for improving your posted content.
Plus there are tips and news for YouTube, AdSense, Blogger, Google My Business and more.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out my 2017 year in review.

Image: The Winter’s Festival by Willard Metcalf (1913), Public Domain


  • 8 January: Google+ Community Experts: Azlin Bloor on How to sustain long term success in your Google+ Community
  • 9 January: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout
  • 12 January: Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


  • Google+ #CreateConnections: Monika Fuchs on creating better travel Collections
  • Google+ Moderators: Learn from #CommunityExperts (Rachel Bakker)
  • Google+ in perspective: 2017 updates (Leanne Osborne)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • "Fix" Insecure Website warnings caused by Nuffnang ads on your Blogger blog (Irsah InDesigns)

AdSense and advertising

  • Why ad earnings are lower for most publishers in January (ezoic)

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links