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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Chrome the 66th is upon us and has added some features that Google previewed in months past. One is the September 2017 decision to stop trusting Symantec’s digital certificates, ending a long dispute over the way the security vendor managed its partners’ PKI activities before June 2016. Chrome 66 will warn visitors to sites …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2018
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Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

Comment Google is planning to add several new security features to its ubiquitous email service, Gmail, but they will come with a cost – literally and figuratively. Among the new features reportedly under consideration are self-deleting emails and a new "confidentiality mode" that would prevent emails from being printed or forwarded …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Apr 2018

Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

Google has inadvertently revealed a new way to use Android phones, to be revealed in its forthcoming Android P update. The new UI option makes a phone more "swipeable", lessening the reliance on navigation bar buttons. The UI was leaked by Google itself in a screenshot previewing Android P. After the 9 to 5 Google blog noticed …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2018
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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

Let's nail this once and for all: Too many Android smartphone makers simply aren't rolling out Google's security bug fixes for the mobile operating system. Germany-based Security Research Labs (SRL) today said that even top vendors – such as HTC, Huawei, and Motorola – leave punters vulnerable by not patching devices for known …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2018
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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

The organization that tries to advance web technology standards – the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C – has run into a roadblock: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Earlier this week, the four major browser makers expressed dissatisfaction with the W3C's DOM 4.1 specification, which defines a variety of new capabilities …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

RTBF trial A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed. The two pseudonymised men were referred to as NT1 and NT2 during the trial and in today’s judgment, delivered by High Court …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Apr 2018
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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Google has publicly revealed more files documenting its Fuchsia operating system. The last time we updated readers on the OS it needed fair amount of work to get going. Now, Google has decided it's time it gave the world something more informative than a bunch of Git-managed open-source code, and this week published what it …
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Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz. Nokia's tech could provide Google with a faster alternative to existing in-flight Wi-Fi. The LTE A2G cellular-based system is intended to forge a direct link between the aircraft and the ground …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2018
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Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

Roundup Here is a round up of this week’s AI news beyond what we've already covered. Get ready for ethical debates around autonomous weapons, a free online AI course, and a cracking video of a Russian drone. Stop killer robots! A large group on internationally renowned AI academics have signed an open letter threatening to boycott …

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

A remote-code execution vulnerability in Windows Defender – a flaw that can be exploited by malicious .rar files to run malware on PCs – has been traced back to an open-source archiving tool Microsoft adopted for its own use. The bug, CVE-2018-0986, was patched on Tuesday in the latest version of the Microsoft Malware …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2018
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Machine learning library TensorFlow can count to potato... I mean, 1.7

Open-source machine-learning boffins rejoice! Numerical computation library TensorFlow 1.7.0 made a discreet appearance this morning, just a month after 1.6 dropped. TensorFlow was originally developed by Google Brain for internal use before going open source in November 2015. The processor-intensive library makes full use of …
Richard Speed, 29 Mar 2018
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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

Comment One piece of paper. Just one lousy piece of paper. That's the difference between success and a potential $8.8bn payout. Google's lucky streak finally ran out this week. Its defense for using Oracle's copyrighted Java code in Android – without paying the database giant a penny in royalties – collapsed in a US Federal appeals …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2018
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Chin up, SMEs. You might get crumbs from Big Tech tax clampdown – UK MPs

Small businesses could be handed hundreds of millions in tax cuts out of the cash raised by forcing the likes of Google to cough up more to HMRC, MPs heard in a debate about digital tax yesterday. Tory MP Neil O'Brien, who brought the debate, said international tax treaties had been designed in an era of physical premises …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2018
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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC has revived Oracle's bid to bill Google for billions over its use of copyrighted Java APIs in its Android mobile operating system. On Tuesday, the appeals court reversed a 2016 jury finding of fair use that deemed Google's actions acceptable, and sent the case …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Mar 2018
Acer Chromebook Tab 10

First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Google and Acer have given the world its first Chromebook Tablet. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 takes Google’s OS, slices off its keyboard and runs it on a 9.7-inch tablet that has an utterly anodyne design. Under the hood you’ll find an OP1 CPU that bonds dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53 silicon, plus 4GB of RAM …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2018
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Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws – using dodgy stats

Analysis As blowback against Facebook and its business model enters its third week, with netizens railing against the amount and type of personal data the social network has on them, calls for new privacy laws have started growing. And in response so has a secret lobbying effort, spearheaded by Google, to head those calls off at the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2018
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We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack

Around 2003, a computer security portent that had been cheerlessly simmering away for years suddenly came to the boil. This was an era stricken by malware attacks on a scale few had prepared for, running software beset with flaws some vendors seemed disinclined to acknowledge let alone fix. Vulnerabilities, including high- …
John E Dunn, 26 Mar 2018
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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

It was the weekend that had it all: promiscuous permissions dragged Google into the Facebook privacy row, Facebook apologised again while at the same time denying anything's wrong with its Android apps, and Tim Cook was totally not smug when he chimed into the privacy debate. It's long been understood by people in tech (less …

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