It is currently hot news that Google has punished ebay for not following SEO rules properly, but some SEO experts are saying Google manually checked the pages for SEO and optimization and found out that ebay was making some ‘doorway’ pages which were particularly meant for SEO and (they think) not for SEO. Google mainly focus on one line ‘do it for people, and not for SEO’. This was a very clever step but I think it was overdone.
Google Latest SEO Updates – 2014
Unnamed Update — March 24, 2014
Many of the webmasters reported a change in the ranking of their websites so they made a conclusion that Google has made a soft update in Panda algorithm. But this news was never confirmed from Google
Page Layout Penalty — Feb 6, 2014
Google confirmed to penalize pages with too many ads on website layout above the fold.
These two updates were for 2014.