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theEweekly Wrap: 9 Dec

60 per cent of SEOs think Cutts will not return

This week, a Search Engine Roundtable poll has found that 60 per cent of SEOs believe that Google's Matt Cutts will not return to his position as the head of web spam.

The poll received over 500 responses to the question "Will Matt Cutts ever return to Google?"

On Wednesday, Barry Schwartz, who posted the poll, said "Personally, I think he will eventually return to Google but not resume in his role at the web spam team. I think he will take more of a role of pushing political change to better the internet in some ways."

Cutts took leave In July last year citing family as the main reason. He said "When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years... and now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more."

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Facebook privacy hoax continues

Next up, a viral hoax has been doing the rounds on Facebook. It is designed to convince users that Facebook is planning to grab and sell all of their photos and videos. However, this hoax has something special about it.

No matter how many times it is debunked, it proliferates around the site again and again. In fact, the BBC says that the hoax has been doing the rounds on the site since 2012.

When he addressed the situation, Facebook's spokesman Andrew Noyes said "We wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts - when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them."

Marie Brewis, managing editor of PC Advisor, said "You should take no notice of these posts, they do absolutely nothing."

It's not the first time Facebook has addressed concerns from the public. In November last year Zuckerberg did his first QA in which he addressed a number of issues about the company, such as the forced change to Facebook Messenger.

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Gadgets of the future unveiled at CES

And we wrap up this week with the spectacle at CES. Thousands have been entertained by geeky reveals at the Consumer Electronics Show, where tech companies display what might become the gadgets and gizmos of the future.

The conference has been held 6th – 9th January in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Two devices which have attracted a large amount of attention both relate to mobile: a device that can to charge a phone from zero to full in seconds, and a light switch controlled by your phone.

The new charger uses special organic batteries to perform the feat. Doron Myersdorf, Storedot's chief executive, said "We have reactions in the battery that... allow us to charge very fast, moving ions from an anode to a cathode at a speed that was not possible before".

The new light switch attaches magnetically to any current switch so it doesn't need rewiring – a pretty convenient device for the sort of person who doesn't want get out of bed to turn off the light bulb, which in these winter temperatures, might be most of us.

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