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Google makes life easier for mixed-content sysadmins

Rejoice, sys admins with big non-encrypted image databases: Google feels your pain and says the next version of Chromium, 43, will provide some relief. One of the challenges, the Chocolate Factory reckons, is that old sites with lots of non-HTTPS resources can't be migrated with a simple flick of the switch. In current browsers …
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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of Oracle's case against it in the matter of the Java API copyrights, leaving it up to a lower court to decide what - if any - damages Google owes. Google was hoping the Supremes would weigh in on the issue of whether software APIs are copyrightable under current US …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jun 2015

Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

A Google patent uncovered by tech law firm SmartUp seems to describe a toy that will look at and talk to your kids, then update a remote media device, depending upon the child's feedback. The inventor of the evil robot is named as Richard Wayne DeVaul, whose job title is "director of rapid evaluation and mad science" at Google X …
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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

Amazon, Facebook and Google are among those who have been invited to a pow-wow with MEPs over their tax practices – but not all plan to show up. MEPs said on Tuesday that it's regrettable that the multinationals “seem unable to find time to discuss their tax practices in public before the European Parliament’s Tax Rulings …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

Google+ will expand the range of options it offers when it asks users to identify their gender. The Chocolate Factory's social network has, to date, offered “Male”, “Female” and “Other”. Gooogle developer Rachael Bennett writes it's now possible to select a “Decline to State” or “Custom” option. Selecting the latter will mean “ …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2014
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40 states line up with Mississippi in Google Adwords pharma scrap

Attorneys General representing 40 US states have filed an amicus brief backing Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood's investigation into Google. In December, the giant multinational sued the state of Mississippi after it had opened an investigation into Google's business practices (claiming Hood’s complaints did not come under …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2015

UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

Poll The Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board wants pupils to be allowed to use Google to search for answers in exams. The proposal has been put forward by Mark Dawe, the OCR exam board chief executive, who claims that using Google is akin to using a calculator in mathematics and that there should be Google and non-Google …
Simon Rockman, 30 Apr 2015

Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

A 38-year-old Australian woman, who flashed her bresticles at a Google Street View spycar, has been accused of disorderly behaviour. Alarmingly, Oz cops claimed that the alleged fleshy exposure back in January was "the same as someone flashing their genitals and the public expectation is that we take action." An image of Karen …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2015

Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Google has released an experimental plug-in for Chrome that does something odd: sending URLs around the room using sound. The Tone plugin puts a button in Google's browser that, when clicked, makes a sound that other Tone-using Chrome browsers within earshot will interpret as an instruction to open the URL in the Chrome tab you …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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PEAK PC: 'Most' Google web searches 'come from mobiles' in US

The majority of Google web searches in America, and a few other nations, now come from phones and tablets – outpacing PCs for the first time, we're told. According to NetMarketShare, Google owned a 92.22 per cent chunk of the global search engine market for mobiles and slabs, and 65.73 per cent of the desktop search market, in …
Iain Thomson, 05 May 2015
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You have the right to be forgotten 41.3 per cent of the time says Google

Google has published some details of its efforts to comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union's “right to be forgotten” decision that compelled search engines to remove links if citizens ask them to do so. In a new transparency report published a year to the day after the ruling, Google reveals it's received 254,271 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2015

Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

Google has decreed that the “Undo Send” feature in Gmail, which it first unveiled in Gmail Labs in 2009, is ready to go mainstream. Gmail Labs' original Undo Send option gave hot-heads five seconds for the transition from fury to regret. That's been changed in the general availability version, which lets +Inbox users give …
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'Right to be forgotten' festers as ICO and Google come to blows

Google is receiving a telling off from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office and may face legal action after failing to adequately respond to several so-called "right to be forgotten" requests. The ICO told The Register that "since the details of the ruling were first announced, we have handled over 183 complaints from …
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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Google product veep Bradley Horowitz is now heading up the ad giant's fading fast Google+ service, but its name appears to have put the willies up Mountain View's execs lately – to the point where they simply don't mention it any more. Horowitz confirmed in a short statement that he had, in effect, taken over from the "network …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Mar 2015
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Google broke own security with April fool gag

On April 1st Google had a bit of fun by using the com.google domain to display all content backwards, but the folks at Netcraft think that jape backfired by introducing security vulnerabilities to the search engine. Netcraft's security folks say the joke “... inadvertently undermined an important security feature on Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2015
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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google says Chrome 42 will be the last version for phones, tabs and other things running Android 4.0 to 4.0.4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). People using ICS will just get security updates for Chrome after version 42 is released. Users running Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, and later will continue to get major new versions of the …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2015
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Help! DYING Google Helpouts YELPS out the door

Google has killed its Helpouts service less than two years since it first launched, because the ad giant failed to generate big bucks from a community of tipsters seeking to make small change from the venture. As we noted at the time, Google was attempting to move in on the bottom-feeding "how to" publishing market and hoover up …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015
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Google's chief finance officer quits to go backpacking

Google's chief finance officer Patrick Pichette has quit his job to go backpacking. In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, Google said Pichette, who is 52, had told the company he will retire. "The effective date of his retirement has not yet been determined," it said. "Patrick indicated that he …
Kat Hall, 11 Mar 2015
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Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

Google looks to have signed a deal with the Indian State of Telangana that will see the company splash down a colossal campus in Hyderabad. Telangana's technology minister KT Rama Rao has been doing the rounds of Silicon Valley this week, Tweeting as he goes. At Google, he squeezed out these three missives: Excited to announce …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
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Google creeps up on another sector: Adds car insurance to Compare

Google has added car insurance to its "Google Compare" suite of products, which are "designed to help people make confident, more informed financial decisions." Insurance providers have been told by the Chocolate Factory that "people searching for car insurance on their phone or computer can find you along with an apples-to- …
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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Update The Obama administration is backing Oracle in its long-running legal battle against Google over the Chocolate Factory's alleged infringement of Java copyrights. Oracle brought the case against Google in 2012, claiming it had breached copyright in its Java software when creating its Android mobile operating system. Google …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015

Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

From Tuesday, Google is cutting user edits from its Maps after admitting that it simply can't prevent online tricksters from abusing the system. A much less creative attempt, although more to the point Last month, the firm was forced to make some quick edits after a user noticed that someone had created a mythical park in …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2015

Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online. …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2015
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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

The last time Google tried to “reinvent the way you get things done”, the term it uses to describe its heir-to-email app "Inbox", it wiped out with the solving-a-problem-people-didn't-know-they-had "Wave" service. But there's still clearly some demand for something other than email, as The Chocolate Factory says demand among …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

Netizens who have been scrambling to upload their photo libraries into Google's new cloud-hosted Photos service could find themselves sharing more than they wanted to with the Mountain View advertising giant. A clause in the Google Terms of Service notes that The Chocolate Factory reserves the rights to use anything you decided …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2015

Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

Google's revealed that it has once again borked its own cloud with an update. The latest incident hit last Thursday, when the company made what it's calling “A routine software upgrade to the authorization process in BigQuery”. That update “had a side effect of reducing the cache hit rate of dataset permission validation … …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2015
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Google offers universal cloud benchmarking tool

Google is trying to establish an independent cloud benchmark, driven by a new tool called PerfKit Benchmarker. The tool's open source, but Google's not being entirely charitable: it says it created the tool because customers struggled to compare apples to apples when assessing the performance of Google's cloud and rival …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2015
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Samsung takes Google into third dimension of flashy storage

It's a 3D flash flood: Korean 3D flash-furtler Samsung has landed Google as a customer, according to the Korean Times. The report says Google's data centres will use Sammy's 3D NAND, which the paper has previously reported will also be used in forthcoming MacBooks from Apple, and which we understand is also utilised by Amazon, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2015

Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

Back in 2013, Google felt the Dart language deserved a native virtual machine baked into Chrome, because it felt JavaScript couldn't deliver the speed it craves. It therefore started the process of getting Dart turned into a standard to help things along. Fast forward to Wednesday and the Dart team, which Google supports but …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
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Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington

Mudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory. While it's not yet clear exactly how the once-famed L0pht member, real name Peiter Zatko, will approach the “CyberUL” (as he put it in the Tweet announcing the move), …
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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm and will make the web less diverse, a study into search engine users’ behaviour has claimed. Heavyweight law prof Tim Wu, who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, is one of the authors of the study, which was supported by data from Yelp, a Google rival. “ …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2015
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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

One of Google's top privacy wonks was killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday. The snowslide was triggered by a massive Nepal earthquake that has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people in the region. Dan Fredinburg had worked at Google since 2007 as a product manager, software engineer and the ad …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2015

White-listed phish slip through Google Apps

Security probers Patrik Fehrenbach and Behrouz Sadeghipour have found a (since-patched) flaw in Google Apps that allowed criminals to register corporate domains and send white-listed phishing emails from admin addresses. The Choc Factory patched the flaw and handed the duo US$500 by way of thanks. the flaw meant attackers could …
Darren Pauli, 10 Mar 2015
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Blurred vision: Google dreams of a campus mixing buildings with nature

Google has submitted plans to redevelop four sites at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Chocolate Factory asked the city council to consider its application for an HQ revamp on Friday. Google hopes to design and build the offices from scratch, said the ad giant's real estate veep David Radcliffe said in a blog …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
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Smartphone NOT INCLUDED: Google plays with Mattel – plugs VR into retro toy

Toy manufacturer Mattel has inked an undisclosed deal with Google to turn its View-Master product into a "digital experience" for kids. The retro stereoscopic toy has been rebooted for youngsters as an "immersive 360-degree" virtual reality plaything, apparently. Mattel said it now works with Google's virtual reality headset …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2015
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Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework

Google has open-sourced something called “gRPC” that it says represents “a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls” using HTTP/2. The Chocolate Factory says it has dogfooded gRPC on its own microservices and that it “enables easy creation of highly performant, scalable APIs and microservices” and offers “ …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015
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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

A California woman is suing Google, alleging hackers exploited the ad giant's inadequate security to run up thousands of dollars in charges on her Play Store account. Susan Harvey, of Orange County, also accuses Google of refusing to reimburse her, and then after backing down and agreeing to refund the missing money, has not …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2015
Google Talk shutdown notice

Still using the Google Talk app? You've got ONE WEEK to move on

Google is warning holdout users of its standalone Windows GTalk application that they have one week left before the service will be shut down permanently. Users have, over the past few days, been receiving direct alerts from the Chocolate Factory that 16 February will mark the end of service for an application the company has …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2015

Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

Google's Cloud Engine (GCE) has experienced Total Inability to Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) for about two-and-a-half hours. Incident 15045, as Google describes the outage, kicked off at about 22:59 on the evening of 18 February (West Coast US time) and then rolled on until 01:31 the next day. Virtual machines in the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2015
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Google hopes to add free roaming to its coming cellular service

Another detail has emerged about Google's plan to resell mobile services under its own brand: the Chocolate Factory hopes it will be able to offer free international roaming with its handsets. The UK's Daily Telegraph reports the Chocolate Factory is negotiating its first roaming deal with Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong giant …
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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

Google is about to enter the lucrative revenue stream of advertising to children, with the Chocolate Factory set to reportedly announce a YouTube app for kids. YouTube executive Malik Ducard will unveil YouTube Kids on Monday at the entertainment industry event Kidscreen Summit, according to The Wall Street Journal. A source …
Kat Hall, 20 Feb 2015

Google's broadband-in-the-sky goes TITAN-ic

After a couple of years of selective reveals to favoured media, Google has made an uncharacteristic to-all-comers announcement about its broadband plans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Chocolate Factory bought drone-maker Titan Aerospace in 2014, and has told the conference its solar-powered drones will be carrying …

Google vs. AWS race to the bottom detours into Super SSD Spring Sale

Over the last year or so, Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure have delighted in pointing out that they do just what the other guy does, only cheaper. So even while IOPs, CPU speeds, volume sizes and other metrics have gone up, the big cloud players have made a point of also taking their prices down. Until, …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

Google has announced it will no longer recognise the Chinese Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) as a Root Certificate Authority, following an investigation into unauthorised certificates issued for several Google domains. Adam Langley, a security engineer at the Chocolate Factory, wrote that Google had become aware of …

Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has complained that the end of the Google Glass Explorer program was misunderstood as being the end of the entire Glass concept, “which isn't true”. Following the announcement that Google had shelved the Glass Explorer on January 19th, the assumption was that the techno-specs have seen …

Google Ads go NUCLEAR, foist exploit kit

Security bod Maarten van Dantzig says a large number of Google ads sold through Bulgarian reseller EngageLab have been pointing users to the dangerous Nuclear exploit kit. The Fox-IT binary basher found the campaign, which may at the time of writing have been subject to the Choc Factory's boot, could result in a "very large" …
Darren Pauli, 08 Apr 2015
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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

A couple of related vulnerabilities on the Google Play Store have left Android users vulnerable to malware-slingers. Security watchers warn that an X-Frame-Options flaw – when combined with a recent Android WebView (Jelly Bean) bug – creates a means for hackers to silently install any app from the Google Play store. Tod …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2015
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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

Google's self-driving car engineers have released their first progress report, and they said they will publish monthly updates from now on. "We’ve made a lot of progress with our self-driving technology over the past six years, and we’re still learning," the report [PDF] stated. "Every day we head out onto public streets so we …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2015
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Commish: Pssst, wanna see that Google chargesheet?

Google’s rivals will be given a tiny, sneak preview of the charges ranged against the search monster in the coming weeks, sources have confirmed to The Register. The Commission is, as always, cagey about the details, so complainants in the ongoing anti-trust case will be given only a redacted version of the Statement of …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Jun 2015