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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users. This means people will no longer be forced to use the ghost-town social network: you'll be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015

Google Google GOOGLE! Cloud cloud CLOUD! These prices are INNNSAAAANE!

Google is cutting prices on its Cloud hosted computing service. The Mountain View Ad server said it would be offering lower prices on cloud compute instances and virtual machines. Under the new pricing model, cloud compute instances will be cut anywhere from 5 per cent (high CPU instances) to 30 per cent (micro CPU instances) …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2015

Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

Google+ has not only, er, joined Twitter in the past few days – it also unveiled a desperate-looking new feature dubbed Collections. The move is Mountain View's latest attempt to create some buzz around its ID-slurping "network thingy", which the ad giant has failed to successfully market as an alternative to Facebook or Twitter …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 May 2015
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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

Pic A friend of The Reg today spotted something rather interesting in downtown San Francisco: an empty van bearing a sign reading “Google VW Group Summit.” We're pretty sure “VW Group” is the automobile manufacturer Volkswagen and that Google, despite the off-brand sign, is the Alphabet subsidiary dedicated to advertising, web …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2015

Google Cloud in nine-hour storage SNAFU

Google's suffered another cloud storage outage. The Alphabet subsidiary's cloud outfit recently suffered very slight data loss after four lightning strikes took out power flows to a Belgian data centre. This new incident is global and has impacted Google Cloud Storage XML API signed URLs. Google what? The Chocolate Factory …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015
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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Logowatch Paradigms were shifted and the Earth possibly wobbled a little on its axis yesterday as Google announced a new logo to brand its continuing drive towards total world domination. According to a blog post, the revamp includes a fresh face and an "identity family", all suitable for deployment across the bewildering and exciting …
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2015
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Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

As Google killed off its Windows Google Talk client, it was feared the web giant would soon drop Google Talk support completely – in hope of forcing everyone over to Hangouts. The death of the Windows desktop app was seen was a signal that Google will, in the near future, axe Google Talk for all XMPP-based clients, not just …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015

Choc Factory patches zero day Google for Work hack hole

Google has patched a vulnerability in the Google Admin application that could allow attackers to steal enterprise accounts. MWR Labs researcher Rob Miller reported the sandbox-hopping hole, rated medium severity, which can be exploited by malware residing on a user's device. The flaw can be used to steal Google for Work …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2015
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Google burnishes Chrome to patch over 43 bugs

Google has pushed out a new cross-platform version of Chrome that fixes no less than 43 security bugs. Chrome version 44.0.2403.89 for Windows, Mac and Linux addresses 12 potentially “high-impact flaws”, several of which revolve around buffer overflow bugs. A pair of universal cross-site scripting bugs also rate towards the …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015

Google's Euro-cloud in lengthy disk degradation drama

Users of Google Compute Engine's Persistent Disks in the europe-west1-b region have endured an anxious few hours, as the service has experienced a lengthy brown-out. Persistent Disks are data stores that exist independently of virtual machines and retain data whatever the state of the VM. One can store data in a Persistent …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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Google swallows, but won't digest, mobile app prototyping biz Pixate

The Chocolate Factory has snapped up mobile app prototyping biz Pixate for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Google will make the software that allows developers to collaborate and share prototypes with their team, free to use. Previously, the software licences cost around $150 (£96). Pixate is now promising to reimburse …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Commish grants Google two more weeks to work on EU antitrust defence

Google has been given another deadline extension as it prepares to mount a defence against antitrust charges in Europe. The search monster will now have until the end of the month to get its affairs in order, EU Competition Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed on Friday. Google had already been given an extra six …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Aug 2015
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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

Google's Cloud Platform has offered any operating system you want, so long as it's Linux. But as of this week you can also run Windows Server in the company's cloud. The company's spinning the addition as a hybrid cloud play, writing that many of its customers “ deploy and operate diverse sets of technologies in mixed Linux …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015
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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

Workers at a Google Express warehouse in San Francisco have filed to form a union, citing poor conditions, low wages, and lack of benefits. The Teamsters Local Union 853 announced that 140 workers at the facility have filed for a representation election. Google Express Services, operated by Swiss HR biz Adecco, provides …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

Google could uncloak plans for a mobile network in the US today, possibly running on two networks, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. While a lot of the brouhaha over the plans – which were referenced in a presentation at Mobile World Congress in March – has been over the cost of data, perhaps the most interesting aspect is …
Simon Rockman, 22 Apr 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results. The California goliath faces a fine up to $1.4bn – a tenth of its annual profit – if it is found to have broken monopoly laws in the country. The Competition …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

A week before Apple launches its streaming music service, Google has sneaked out a free-to-use rival. Youtube Video Google's new advert-crammed streaming service won’t cost you a penny to tune into. Be aware, though, that you won’t be able to pick artists directly; instead, you have to stream from playlists (or "stations") with …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2015
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Google MURDERS Google Code, orders everyone out to GitHub and co

Google killing off its own software projects is nothing new, but the Mountain View goliath will soon kill your software projects, too, if you host them on Google Code. The online ad titan said on Thursday that it was shutting down its code collaboration service, which was launched in 2006, effective immediately. The service …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
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Google creates cloud code cache

With an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, Google has decided to hang around the kitchen at the code repository party. With Microsoft, AWS, and Atlassian and BitBucket already eyeing off the popularity of GitHub, it's probably no surprise that the Chocolate Factory would also like a piece of the action. Google has been quietly …
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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

Pirate Party captain Rick Falkvinge has weighed into the Google Chrome 'listening blob' debate, saying Mountain View silently downloaded an 'eavesdropper' to Chrome users' machines. The row arose last week, when Debian users first noticed that The Chocolate Factory was dropping the blob on their machines. Falkvinge rejects …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2015
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Google wraps search designer in Cardboard

Google luminary Jon Wiley has taken a sideways jump that's seen as signalling a serious move on the virtual reality market. The change was noticed when Wiley updated his Twitter profile. Previously head of user experience in Google's search business, his profile now describes him as “Principal Designer, Google Cardboard and VR …
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

Google doesn’t always take the threat of anti-trust charges too seriously. After the Wall Street Journal implied that the FTC opted for less aggressive action against Google because of political pressure, Google responded with references to a laughing baby, and by personally attacking the newspaper’s owner. After all, when you’ …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2015
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Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace. The Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar in reporting that the new version of Glass will be a clip-on system designed for specialized tasks. Google execs have previously said that the Chocolate Factory was looking to …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015
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Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

Google has reportedly been attempting to develop batteries that last longer. The world's largest ad broker apparently has a small team of four people beavering away at lithium-ion technology and solid-state batteries in its Google X research lab. According to the Wall Street Journal, erstwhile Apple battery bod Dr Ramesh …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015

Google's Moto-v-Microsoft appeal denied

A US appeals court has said that yes, Motorola/Google had chased Microsoft in bad faith over WiFi patents and that the Chocolate Factory still owes Redmond US$14 million. In among the mass of messy patent litigation of recent years was a suit that saw Motorola sue over how much Microsoft should be paying it for using WiFi and …

Google endures wobbly Wednesday in the cloud

Google's endured a wobbly week in the cloud, suffering three brown-outs of varying severity. On Wednesday, the company's App Engine had trouble with its task queues that meant some users had trouble deploying applications. Later that day, the Big Query streaming API struck trouble. Next came trouble connecting to Cloud SQL. The …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2015
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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

The UK's Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal against a ruling giving Apple Safari users the right to sue the Chocolate Factory over its adbot tracking. Google had been accused of unfairly circumventing users' privacy settings in Safari, allowing it to follow Safari users around the internet and show them …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

Google has emailed users of its Calendar service to advise them that “Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent.” The Chocolate Factory's reasoning for the cessation of TXT reminders is that “SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world with …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2015
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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

NSFW Google's turned on speech recognition for Google Docs users, but only if you're polite. That's the conclusion of blogger Gretchen McCulloch, who writes about swearing at Strong Language (while the blog is probably NSFW, it's got some gems, such as a thorough trawl of Australia's Hansard to record “unparliamentary language” …

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015
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Google: Hey startups, want in on our patent gang? First hit's free

Google is looking to recruit 50 startups to participate in its patent licensing network. The Mountain View ad giant said its Patent Starter Program would offer startups free Google Patents as well as the ability to view Google's entire portfolio with the option of acquiring further patents. In exchange, the startups will be …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
Google Cardboard VR

Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

Google's VR face goggles, dubbed Cardboard, were being given away for free, plus shipping by OnePlus. Until – that is – the smartphone maker sold out of the devices. The marketing stunt appeared to have paid off for the Chinese firm, at least in shipment fees ($5 a pop) and publicity. OnePlus was offering a modified version …
Team Register, 04 Jul 2015
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Google: Are you BIG? Be welcome at the Bigtable, chomp and scoff data

Google has opened up its Bigtable database – which, among other things powers the ad giant's search tech – to businesses handling vast amounts of data. The multi-billion dollar company claimed in a blog post this morning that its Google Cloud Bigtable would help enterprises and big orgs to deal with "the coming age of the …
Team Register, 06 May 2015
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OK Google, how much of my life do you observe and disturb?

Google would like netizens to believe that the vast multinational has bolstered "privacy" controls on its services today. But you'd be wrong to swallow that line. In fact, no changes have been made to the company's data-slurping and scraping policies. Instead – in a move reflecting Facebook's somewhat disingenuous claims to be …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2015
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Hey Google, what’s trending? Oh, just the death of journalism

Mountain View has announced "the biggest expansion of Google Trends since 2012" in a move set to thicken the already impenetrable walls of its media-baiting echo chamber. "Every journey we take on the web is unique" began the traffic consolidator's announcement. Offering churnalists the opportunity to find real-time data on …
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Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th. The company says its autocomplete API has found an audience among “a number of developers” who have used its ability to predict a query before a user finishes typing for uses other than Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Scrubbing Chrome with Google's Brillo

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed, Greg and Sarah get together to digest Google's IoT operating system (is there a hidden agenda, and will it be open source?), creepy teddy bears (Ted made real, maybe, or just an Android phone with some …
Team Register, 27 May 2015
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Giddy Google Glass gazers, beware! FCC filing obscures view on new gadget

Google has been quietly beavering away at a new Bluetooth-enabled product with the not-exactly discreet ID tag of A4R-GG1. The "GG" in that name could point to a reworked version of Google Glass, as first noted by the Droid Life blog. Details of the mysterious device were revealed in FCC filings that were published on 1 July …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2015

Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

Google's new Photos software automatically labelled images of black people as "gorillas". The ad giant has since apologised. Mountain View's hugely embarrassing blunder comes just one month after it launched its cloud-hosted photo storage service, and made a big deal out of its machine-learning features. Google also warned that …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2015
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Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

Google has begun public road tests for a line of self-driving cars designed to be free of such fripperies as a steering wheel or pedals. The Chocolate Factory kicked off the tests in its hometown of Mountain View, where it has been running them on private tracks up until now. The cars will be driving on the local roads away from …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2015

Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

Security Explorations hacker Adam Gowdiak says three partial Java sandbox security holes still exist in Google App Engine. Gowdiak says the problems stem from buggy implementations and lax security checks that mean evildoers could gain access to the Google cloud's Java environment. He dropped exploitation code after the ad …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2015
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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's Nexus 7 slab, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront over the weekend. A visit to the Google Store reveals that the tablet has now been axed. Anyone searching for a Nexus 7 will be told that it "is no longer available for purchase …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2015

Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

Google has been ordered to remove links referencing a story it had already removed, Blighty's information watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, said late Thursday. The search engine had previously removed links relating to an individual's minor criminal offence from more than ten years, following a take-down request …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

Google has flicked the switch to take its “Nearline” archival cloud storage service live, and tossed in an offer of 100 petabytes of free storage to set the snowball rolling. Nearline is Google's competitor for Amazon Web Service's Glacier. Unlike Glacier, which is thought to rely on Blu-Ray, Nearline uses disk and flash*. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Google, Alphabet spelling out their plans

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's Ed and Greg talking about big moves for Google, EMC and VMware, and a seemingly bad move for Nutanix. Our special guest this week is Brad O'Neill, co-founder of TechValidate, fresh from being acquired by …
Team Register, 12 Aug 2015
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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

Google's Chromebooks are about to undergo an overhaul that puts the Chocolate Factory's creepy, predictive search tech – Google Now – at the heart of the firm's OS. François Beaufort, who describes himself as Mountain View's "Happiness Evangelist", said that Chrome OS fans would soon be able to access a beta version of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2015
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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

Google has an extra six weeks to prepare its defence against European Commission charges that it abused its dominant position in the search engine market. Google spokesman Al Verney said: “We have asked the European Commission for additional time to review the documents they've provided us. The Commission has extended our …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015
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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

Uninstalling the Google Photos app from your Android device will not safeguard your pictures from being slurped up by Google, it turns out. Picture Nashville Business Journal journo David Arnott's horror upon discovering that the advertising giant had been collecting private photographs he had taken of his wife and daughter …

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process. Netizens can right-click over the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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Google shares optical layer SDN with its friends

Google's getting more cozy with the world of SDN, opening up some of its network configuration models to give things a kick along. LightReading reports that Chocolate Factory network architect Bikash Koley wants more SDN adoption at the transport layer. To that end, the company has shared its multivendor optical terminal …