States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

The touchless phone-gestures of the future are here, the Capital One hacker didn't cover her tracks, and we've got some suggestions for cleaning up your air.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Now Nokia is launching a new version of the router, one that’s supposed to appeal to more cost-conscious people who don’t need a bunch of beacons in their home.

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

With a few seconds of physical access to a phone, even apps as common as Google Maps and Apple's Find My Friends can be tweaked to persistently share a user's location with another contact while offering the phone's owner no notification or warning, the researchers told me.

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

"The net result is that we can perform this computation without exposing any individual data and only getting the aggregate result," says Amanda Walker, a privacy tools and infrastructure engineering manager at Google.

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News. There's a new scam getting after your Google Calendar, you can now control TVs with your eyes, and it's time to get your smorgasbord of cell phone photos organized.

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

A Tour of How We clean stuff .The advanced features inside Google Photos leverage Google's computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically organize your photos, bridling the never-ending torrent of images like Kahleesi taming the Dothraki horde.

Tricky Scam Plants Phishing Links in Your Google Calendar

Tricky Scam Plants Phishing Links in Your Google Calendar

Scammers are taking advantage of default calendar settings to try to trick users into clicking malicious links. "For the calendar attack, the scammers use a prepared email list to send their fraudulent invitations," says Maria Vergelis, a security researcher at Kaspersky who has been following the method.

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

The point of a Pixel device has never been how it looks, but the features it packs in.“What they’re doing is leaking a design,” says Tuong Nguyen, a tech industry analyst for the research firm Gartner.

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

In those moments, Google has to triage among not just user traffic but also the network’s control plane, which tells the network where to route traffic, and management traffic, which encompasses the sort of administrative tools that Google engineers would need to correct, say, a configuration problem that knocks a bunch of the internet offline.

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. Vesset says business intelligence software is a $12.7 billion market that IDC expects to continue growing.

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's New Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News. Google is taking preorders for its wireless gaming service, a new report shows our elections could be in trouble, and Dark Phoenix apparently sucks. The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix is apparently terrible.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

Both are structured in the same way as Voice & Audio Activity , with options to erase records one by one, a day at a time, or all together via the Delete activity by link, if you click Manage activity .You do have options when it comes to temporarily stopping Google tracking you, as well—staying signed out when using YouTube for example, not signing into Google Chrome, or using incognito mode when searching and browsing in Chrome.

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

It happened again: Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. But a bug in G Suite's password recovery feature for administrators caused unprotected passwords to be stored in the infrastructure of a control panel, called the admin console.

Security News This Week: Oh Great, Google Tracks What You Buy Online With Gmail

Security News This Week: Oh Great, Google Tracks What You Buy Online With Gmail

Security News This Week: Oh Great, Google Tracks What You Buy Online With Gmail. Google says it doesn’t use the information to serve ads, and that the page exists “to help you easily view and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place.” Honestly, it’s no surprise that Google’s machines can read your email.

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Details about the Stop Leaks program came to light as part of a lawsuit—filed in December 2016 by an unidentified Google employee—claiming the company’s confidentiality policies amounted to an internal “spying program” that illegally infringed on employees’ rights to discuss working conditions, report illegal conduct or product defects to authorities, or talk to other employers about job opportunities.

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

When Google Serves Ads in Iran, Advertisers Pay the Price

Advertisers say that Google makes it far too easy to accidentally run ads in countries under US sanctions like Iran, North Korea, or Syria. And yet, Google still serves ads in these places, which means advertisers can inadvertently spend money reaching people in countries where they’re largely barred from doing business.

Google Recalls Titan Security Key Over a Bluetooth Flaw

Google Recalls Titan Security Key Over a Bluetooth Flaw

With the right timing, she could trick the victim's laptop, for instance, into pairing with her own Bluetooth dongle rather than the Titan key, thus gaining access to both a user's Google account and that computer.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

A spokesperson for Google said the company had no similar feature like this to announce at this time, but that the company is “always looking for new ways to improve transparency and give users helpful control over their privacy.”.

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

CEO Sundar Pichai called that a “milestone” because it means software that traditionally lives in Google’s cloud servers can be installed in Pixel smartphones Google will launch later this year, allowing the devices to respond to a person’s voice much more quickly.

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

“We’re first trying to solve the user problem here," said Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR, said it was too soon to discuss whether the helpful new services would use the same ad-based business model as search.

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