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2016: Robo-butlers, flying cars, and Google's internet Terminators hunting SHA-1 SSL certs

Google Chrome will flag up websites with SHA-1 SSL certificates as insecure – and that's a huge policy change which ought to kick businesses into action, says an expert in digital certificates. Only 15 per cent of sites use SHA-256 certificates, the replacement for SHA-1, according to stats from SSL Pulse. This means plenty of …
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2014

Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

Rupert Murdoch's minions have written to the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, urging him to mete out stern punishment to Google in the ongoing search market dominance probe. The minion in question is News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson and his urgings are detailed in a letter he sent to Almunia last …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
Street View spymobile captures Street View spymobile on Street View

Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Google is scrubbing out the homes of Blighty's rich and famous from its nosey Street View site. It has been reported that the likes of former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Beatle Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin axeman Jimmy Page have had their houses blurred on the mapping service. Popstar Lily Allen and former RBS …
Team Register, 07 Jul 2014
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DARPA wants to out-Google-Google

The military, researchers, and spooks have long known of the value of public domain information, and now DARPA wants to create a search engine to out-Google-Google in the business of organising that information. The agency has put out a call for developers to work on “domain-specific indexing, domain-specific search, and DoD- …

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Amazon is taking a former employee responsible for managing its cloud partners to court over an alleged breach of contract after he joined Google. The e-tailer claims former AWS strategic partnerships manager Zoltan Szabadi joined Google too soon after leaving. The company alleges that by doing so, Szabadi broke the non-compete …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2014
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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

Google's hopes of operating a floating technology showcase in the San Francisco Bay appear to have sunk, with word that the online ad-slinger has sold off at least one of two mysterious – or merely hare-brained? – Google Barges. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google has confirmed the sale of the barge that has sat idle …
Neil McAllister, 02 Aug 2014
Image from Google's Street Art collection

Put down that sandblaster: Google adds street art to online gallery

Google is adding a street art collection into its Art Project archives. The company said on Tuesday that it will be opening up the Art Project, part of its Cultural Institute site, to a collection of 5,000 pieces of street art. The Street Art collection, currently featured as a special project on the site, will include location …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014
Google Doodle honoring Honinbo Shusaku

Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

Google has apologized for publishing a Google Doodle honoring a Japanese Go player on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, blaming a technical glitch. "We always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our homepage," the online ad-slinger said in a statement. "Unfortunately a …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jun 2014

PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

Worldwide government requests for access to Google's user data leapt by 15 per cent in the last six months, the ad giant said in its latest "Transparency Report" published on Monday. The company added that the demands from national authorities had ballooned 150 per cent since Google first made details of the requests public in …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2014

Google chair Eric Schmidt reportedly visits Cuba

Nixon in China it may not be, but Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly visited Cuba. Cuban blog 14yomedio.com reports that Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and other senior Googlers dropped in over the weekend to promote “the virtues of an open internet”. Freedom House's 2013 Freedom on the Net 2013 rates Cuba as …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014
Chromebook pixel

Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

Google has released a plugin for its Chrome OS platform that will allow users to view video content from the Play Store without the need for an internet connection. The company said that the Google Play Movies & TV Chrome app will now support local storage and playback of video, allowing users to view content from the Play …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jun 2014

Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

The White House has hired former Google vice-president Megan Smith to take over the role of US Chief Technology Officer. The President on Thursday said that his administration had indeed hired Smith away from her role as veep of Google X, the advertising giant's lab that produced techno-specs Glass and self-driving cars. Smith …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2014
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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google over allegations by a claimed former employee that the Chocolate Factory is defrauding users of its AdSense platform. The legal action, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, claims that Google knowingly canceled the AdSense accounts …
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2014
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Google boffins beat own Captchas

A group of Google scientists working on extracting numbers from StreetView images has discovered that their technology can also match humans at solving captchas. The aim, according to their research paper (at Arxiv, here), was to automatically extract accurate street number data from StreetView images so as to improve Google …
Pinky and the Brain

Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

Google is poised to further its dominance of all things internet with a move into domain-name registration. Plenty of people find companies online by typing their names into Google Search, rather than typing their URLs into their browsers, but the launch of Google Domains will mark the first time the online ad-slinger has dealt …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jun 2014

Google straps on Jetpac: An app to find hipsters, women in foreign cities

Google has bought Jetpac, an image-recognition app that uses Instagram photos to help travelers find what they’re looking for in cities – women or hipster moustaches, for example. The software's website declared that it was joining the internet behemoth and would be taking its apps off the App Store and ending support for them …
The man and his pony on the platform at Wrexham station

Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

Google Maps' UK edition now incorporates data on every train, bus, tram and ferry across England, Scotland and Wales. The Chocolate Factory is using Traveline's data to power its service, so now has access to the schedules of 1,500 operators, 1,700 routes and 330,000 bus stops, train stations and other transport hubs. Traveline' …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014
Qinling panda

Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

Google has updated Panda, the algorithm it uses to weed out what it deems to be low-quality search results. Panda was introduced in early 2011 as part of The Chocolate Factory's never-ending quest to sell more ads ensure search results satisfy searchers' thirst for knowledge. It's been controversial because some web publishers …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West. Worse still, the Mountain View company announced the move during the World Cup football tournament – taking place in Brazil. In a carefully …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2014
Google's project tango

TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

Google has revealed a tablet for Project Tango – the web giant's plan to create devices capable of mapping the space around them in three dimensions. Tango was first floated as a smartphone, but Google was later suspected of instead deciding on a tablet as the best device for the job. The keyword-kings today confirmed the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2014

Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

If you have a disease that you don't want anyone to know about, maybe you shouldn't have it in the first place. Google's exec chairman Eric Schmidt hasn't come out with anything quite so astonishingly insensitive yet – but it can only be a matter of time, since the web giant now wants to become the world's aggregator of health …

Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

One week after Google spotted an SSL certificate issuer dishing out certs that could be used to impersonate Google and Yahoo! websites, Microsoft has taken action to block the illicit certificates from being used on its software. The certs, issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC), were detected on July 2 by Google's …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014

Google Cloud Platform builds Ivy Bridge to new Asian region

Google has created a new “Asia” region and two new zones – “asia-east1-a” and “asia-east1-b” - for its cloudy Compute Engine service. The new region uses Ivy Bridge CPUs, which means it is built on more modern Intel kit and should offer superior performance compared to Google's Sandy-Bridge-using US and Europe regions. Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
Project Tango handsets

Google could make two for Tango with 3D tablet plans

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has already announced plans for a smartphone dubbed Project Tango that can map out 3D environments, but a report suggests the same technology will be built into a line of tablets as well. According to The Wall Street Journal, the boffins at ATAP have designed a seven-inch …
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2014
Star Trek Into Darkness

Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

Google has confirmed its gobble of Zync, a cloud-based special effects rendering service. "Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes. Many studios, however, don’t have the resources or desire to create an in-house …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
Picard Facepalm

We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

Google is already rifling through bug reports on its new product after an unpleasantly short amount of time: just two days after fandroids performed the great unboxening. Android Wear owners are now reporting that the devices won't install paid apps. The money-saving feature bug turned up at Android Police, which theorises that …
Rickmote

Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

Chromecast-owning households may be set to endure Rick Astley's ghastly oeuvre, thanks to a new device that can hijack victims' TV sticks and insert replacement content. Dan Petro's device, the "Rickmote", is a slick Raspberry Pi box that can knock the Google Chromecast video streaming utility off wireless networks allowing …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2014
Google Fiber

Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

Google is in the early stages of planning to roll out its own cellphone network, an upstart tech news wire is claiming. The Information cited a pair of sources who had spoken to Google to discuss providing wireless services, including voice calls and mobile data, where the web giant has built up its US fiber broadband network …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014
Flash Gordon

Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

Google has given admins a far faster medium to store data in when fiddling around with servers on its cloud. The advertising company turned cloud-slinger announced on Monday that it is adding SSD persistent disks to its cloud, along with multi-data center load balancing. By doing this, Google has given admins a way to …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
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Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can now shift their licenses from on-premise gear up into Google's cloud as well as Amazon's. The new licensing option was announced by Google and Red Hat on Monday alongside the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Google's Amazon-killing "Cloud Platform". RHEL had been …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
Google Fiber

Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials

Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri. Local paper The Kansas City Star said that the company is informing businesses in that area of city that they are eligible for a limited trial of the service, which will take place in coming months …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2014

FAKE Google web SSL certificates tip-toe out from Indian authorities

Google is warning that dodgy SSL certificates have been issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC): these certs can be used by servers to masquerade as legit Google websites and eavesdrop on or tamper with users' encrypted communications. According to this blog post by Google's security team, the Googlers noticed …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2014

Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

His name was bandied about during the race to replace Steve Ballmer, but it looks like Microsoft missed out on former Ford Motor Company chief Alan Mulally. The man has just announced his intention to join Google's ranks. Mulally has joined the Google board fresh from a premature departure from his job running the world’s fifth- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2014
twitchpokemon

Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

Google and Twitch were tight-lipped this morning in California – amid swirling rumors that the internet goliath will formally seal a $1bn deal to buy the video-streaming upstart. Twitch spokesperson Chase (just Chase) refused to rule out the speculation, and instead gave us "no comment" when we called. Given that Twitch is a few …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

Google's I/O dev conference is traditionally a time when the company basks in the love of its community: but some other Bay Area residents have been making their displeasure with the Chocolate Factory known in a very vocal fashion. Occupy Google protestors "Give me a G..." A group working under the hashtag Occupy Google …
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Google bit barge ordered to set sail for safe waters

The San Francisco member of Google's mystery barge fleet has sailed into stormy waters, with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (SFBCDC) ordering the ad giant to find a new dock for the craft. At issue, says Associated Press, is zoning for the dock where Google shipwrights are working on the bit barge …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2014
Screaming kid

If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

Google has promised to return at least $19m (£11.6m) to parents who were unexpectedly billed for in-app purchases made by their kids. The web giant today agreed to the payout in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission. According to the watchdog, children could to go on spending sprees with mummy or daddy's credit card …
Iain Thomson, 04 Sep 2014
Bots

Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

One in every 24 Googlebots is a imitation spam-flinging denial of service villain that masquerades as Mountain View to sneak past web perimeter defences, according to security chaps at Incapsula. Villains spawn the "evil twins" to hack and crack legitimate websites and form what amounted to the third most-popular type of DDoS …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2014
Evil Android

Columbia U boffins HACK GOOGLE PLAY to check apps

It's the app developer's equivalent of hiding the door keys under the mat: researchers from Columbia University have found Android apps containing the developers' secret keys. That's a more serious issue than the old “don't re-use passwords”: the thousands of credentials embedded by developers, blithely assuming they're not …
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Google uses disruptive 'poem' tech to announce new Chromebook availability

Google has announced that Chromebooks will soon be available to buy in nine more countries. The advertising company said on Monday that its eponymous key-slabs would soon be available in New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain, and Italy. "Chromebooks are coming to nine more nations to …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014

Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

Google has taken the astonishing decision to stay partly true to its founding promise after deciding to stop scanning kids' emails. Until now, Google automatically rooted through all users' mails so they could be targeted for advertising. But now Mountain View has decided to abide by its "don't be evil" maxim and stop the …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014

EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

The EU's advisory panel on privacy and data protection has warned Google to comply with Europe's laws in an unusually strongly worded statement. The Article 29 Working Party vowed to investigate if Google refused to abide by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling – Google Spain v Gonzalez et al – that decreed Google was not …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2014

'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

A futile attempt to convince Google to reverse its decision to lock its ID-tracking, data-mining Google+ product into YouTube comments has helped to generate more ad revenue on the vid-sharing site. A sweary, well-spoken young woman from Essex has had more than half a million hits on a YouTube video she posted just two days ago …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2013
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Page through Page's page page-views: Google+ shows how many saw your profile

Google has added a new feature to its Google+ kinda-social network that identifies how many people have looked at your profile page, blog and photos on Google+. "Starting today you’ll see a new number on your Google+ profile or page: total content views," said Eddie Kessler, a Google engineering manager. "This number is the sum …
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2014

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Google is attempting to shunt users away from old browsers by intentionally serving up a stale version of the ad giant's search homepage to those holdouts. The tactic appears to be falling in line with Mountain View's policy on its other Google properties, such as Gmail, which the company declines to fully support on aged …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2014

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same. Should VMware be worried? Probably not, but the tech pioneered by Google is making inroads into a certain class of technically sophisticated companies. That …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014
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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

Google is trying to migrate its Chrome browser away from the buggy OpenSSL cryptography library toward BoringSSL, its homegrown fork, but swapping out the crypto code is proving more difficult than it sounds. Google engineer David Benjamin posted a revision to the Chromium source code version control system this week with a …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014
Google Docs for iOS

Google sees Microsoft's iPad bet, raises with fondleslab Docs and Sheets

Google is bringing its Docs and Sheets applications to Apple's iOS as a pair of standalone apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The company said that the two productivity apps will be tailored for both Apple's handset and tablet lines with the ability to function with online, or offline as local tools. Both Docs and Sheets …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2014
Nest Protect

Google's too-smart-for-own-good Nest Protect alarm is back on sale

Google's Nest smart smoke alarm is back on sale at a lower price after being withdrawn from store shelves for nearly a month because of a safety issue. "We're very pleased that Nest Protect is once again available to customers," Nest marketing chief Doug Sweeny said in a blog post. "And now, the price is $99 to make it …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014

YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

Google will nuke its bridges with independent record labels and pull their music videos from YouTube, the advertising giant has told its favourite newspaper – the Financial Times. The dispute is over royalty terms for Google's forthcoming and as-yet unannounced music-streaming service, believed to be a Spotify clone. Two weeks …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014