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Tax Google and Facebook for a job subsidy scheme? Sigh

Comment As British politicians are urged to target Facebook and Google with a new tax and pour the profits into a scheme for funding public interest journalism, it’s worth taking a close look at the vested interests demanding this course of action. At a Society of Editors conference held last week, former Minister of Fun* John …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jan 2018

Squeezing more out of slippery big tech may even take tax reforms

Over the next few weeks Facebook, Amazon and Google’s owner Alphabet report full-year results. Inevitably, this will reopen debate on whether big technology companies pay enough tax in countries outside the US bases, something that's been discussed for several years. The difference is that now politicians in several countries …
SA Mathieson, 22 Jan 2018
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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Usenix Enigma It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it. In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 security conference in California, Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka today revealed that, right now, less than 10 per cent of active Google …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018
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Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store

A security researcher has claimed that a cumulative half a million Chrome users have been hit by four malicious browser extensions pushing click and SEO fraud. Icebrg's Justin Warner and Mario De Tore spotted the extensions while investigating a spike in outbound traffic from a workstation in a customer's network. The company …
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Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption. An experiment from 2012, Google's Quick UDP Internet Connections hit the internet standards track with this draft, and an IETF …
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Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019. First up is the Curie Cable System, which will link the United States and Chile. This one's all Google's: the company says it will “control the design and construction process”, so when the cable is in service it can “ …
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'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

Researchers have found a batch of over 60 malware-carrying apps in Google's Play Store designed to rob mobile users or show them pornography, all with a kid-friendly theme. The malware, dubbed AdultSwine by security shop Check Point, was found in apps like "Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars", "Fidget spinner for Minecraft" and " …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018
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Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages

Google’s come up with a way to kick itself out of URLs served to mobile devices from its cache, an effort that will mean pages from around the web no longer score an unwanted google.com address. URLs appear to come from Google thanks to the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project the company championed. Like so many Google …
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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

James Damore, the software engineer fired from Google after ironically firing off a neurotic memo about "neurotic" women, has launched a class-action lawsuit in the US against his former employer. The sueball was lobbed into the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara on Monday by Damore and fellow former Googler David …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jan 2018

Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

Analysis Nothing expresses Silicon Valley's cynicism about privacy like its fondness for rewarding its friends from privacy class-action settlements – while class members get nothing. Now the US Supreme Court has been invited to consider whether such settlements are fair. These so-called cy pres settlements exploit a legal quirk, ("as …
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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

The class-action lawsuit accusing Google of deliberately paying women less than men has been revised and brought back to a US court. Attorneys representing women who worked at the American ad giant as engineers, software managers, program managers, sales staff, and early childhood education (at Google's pre-school/day care …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jan 2018

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

Despite dire predictions from tech industry leaders about the risks posed by unfettered artificial intelligence, software-based smarts remain extremely fragile. The eerie competency of machine-learning systems performing narrow tasks under controlled conditions can easily become buffoonery when such software faces input …

ALPHABET TOTALLY LOSES ITS SCHMIDT: Exec chairman Eric quits

Eric Schmidt has quit as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's post-restructuring parent. Schmidt – who served as Google's adult supervision and CEO from 2001 through 2011 before stepping back to enjoy time as exec chairman of the board and billionaire – will remain a board member. After officially stepping down from the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Dec 2017
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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

From February 15, Google's Chrome browser will begin zapping ads that don't conform with new taste guidelines. But what those guidelines mean exactly is anyone's guess. Google confirmed that blocking would begin in a developer blog post. Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads – a group launched last year to …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017
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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Microsoft has bounced a Google Chrome Installer out of its Windows Store, just hours after making it available for download. Google's "Chrome" app was a minimalist offering – merely sending the user to the official Chrome download app. In a statement to the press, Microsoft said it had removed the Chrome Installer because it …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017
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How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

Comment When Knowledge Graph – Google's apparently authoritative box to the side of the search results – sneezes, the world catches a factoid flu. This was vividly dramatised with a recent NYT article where writer Rachel Abrams found she had "died" four years ago – according to the Infobox. She then tried to convince Google she was …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2017
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2017 – the year of containers! It wasn't? Oops. Maybe next year

2017 was a big year for containers. One of the biggest container events came from the Linux Foundation, and it was – by its own admission – one of the most boring. The Foundation’s Open Containers Initiative (OCI) finally dropped two specifications that standardise how containers operate at a low level. Chris Aniszczyk, vice …
Danny Bradbury, 19 Dec 2017

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

Google asked rival browser Vivaldi to add uninstall instructions on its website download page – something Google doesn't do itself – after deactivating Vivaldi's advertising account earlier this year. Vivaldi is among the many software vendors that advertise products with the search giant. AdWords customers appear at the top …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2017

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