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Google wards off zombies

Google, whose servers constantly crawl the Web, doesn't have anything against spiders. But zombies, well, that's another matter.

Google's robots.txt file wards off brains-devouring zombies.
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Google, whose servers constantly crawl the Web, doesn't have anything against spiders. But zombies, well, that's another matter.

Showing some timely techie humor, the search giant updated its robots.txt file for Halloween. For the uninitiated, search engines trying to index Web sites look for robots.txt files for instructions about whether they're permitted access to particular pages.

The Google robots.txt file on Friday begins with the following exclusion:

User-agent: zombies
Disallow: /brains

— Posted By Stephen Shankland

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