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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

In an effort to placate Europe's regulators furious at its anticompetitive tactics, Google has overhauled its Android licensing practices for the continent. And it involves paying the ad giant money. In short, Google's Search App and Chrome browser are being unbundled from the rest of the the Chocolate Factory's suite of …
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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

Google's decision to shove Java everywhere it can may be as catastrophic as Microsoft's "Windows everywhere" from the 1990s. Huawei unveiled a smartwatch today. This isn't really news, but Huawei making a smartwatch based on its own open-source embedded OS very much is. The new Huawei Watch GT uses the open-source LiteOS with …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2018
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Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

Google's parent has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to disclose to investors a bug – secretly fixed in March – that could have exposed half a million users' data. Last week Google admitted that it had discovered and patched a bug in one of its Google+ People APIs that meant third-party apps could access profile fields …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Oct 2018
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Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

Teardown demon iFixit has pulled Google's shiny new flagship Pixel 3 phone to pieces, revealing more glue and glass than strictly necessary. The Pixel 3 and its oversized sibling, the 3 XL, made an appearance last week after so many leaks that its IP68 rating could have been put in jeopardy. iFixit chose the Pixel 3 XL as its …
Richard Speed, 16 Oct 2018

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

Sysadmins and netizens, it's time to get serious about killing off old, buggy and insecure versions of Transport Layer Security (TLS) – the encryption used to secure connections to HTTPS websites like your bank, El Reg, and so on. For one thing, web browser makers are laying out coordinated deprecation plans, meaning if your …
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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

Roundup This week we caught wind of another Facebook blunder, a dodgy Patch Tuesday bundle, and more China trouble. Here's the rest of what went down. Fake Flash, fake money, real malware Stop us if you'd heard this one before: but unsolicited Flash download pages on random sites can be a bit dodgy. Palo Alto Networks says it has …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2018
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GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

In a US Senate hearing that went little reported this month, America's antitrust chiefs warned that Europe's tough General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had benefited the companies it was designed to tame. A study out this week tracking activity on the top 2,000 sites used by netizens in Europe confirms it: in one respect …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2018
Robot holding shopping trolley asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you?

Twenty years ago, the internet was promised to level the playing field allowing small fry to compete with the bigger, entrenched players. But online digital markets have tended towards monopoly, or a small number of dominant firms. The British government wants to know why. In August it established an expert panel headed by …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2018
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Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

Google Cloud Next Google has released another handful of networking features for its cloud, including Cloud NAT, which lets devs build cloud-based services that do not have public IP addresses. “With the beta release of Cloud NAT, our new Google-managed Network Address Translation service, you can provision your application instances without …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Oct 2018
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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

Comment Common sense says you can't make a Veblen good out of a dumb computer terminal – but that isn't going to stop Google trying. A Veblen good is a luxury item where demand increases the more expensive* it is. A dumb terminal such as a tablet is now a commodity good sold in supermarkets. Sales follow a conventional demand curve, …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2018
Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud, speaking at Google Cloud Next 2018

Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

Google Cloud Next At the Google Cloud Next conference in London today the adtech company's enterprise tech arm declared that business clients would soon enjoy location restriction policies and other new tools of control freakery on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google, photo by lightpoet via Shutterstock What's holding you back from Google …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Oct 2018
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Google and Microsoft boffins playing nicely together to stop replay attacks in their tracks

Google and Microsoft engineers have pooled their efforts to propose a protection against what are known as "replay attacks". These occur when an attacker steals something like a victim's OAuth token and uses it to impersonate them to access otherwise secured resources. The Token Binding Protocol is the next instalment in the …
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Rap for WhatsApp chat app chaps in phone-to-pwn security nap flap

WhatsApp has patched a vulnerability it its smartphone code that could have been exploited by miscreants to crash victims' chat app simply by placing a call. Google Project Zero whizkid and Tamagotchi whisperer Natalie Silvanovich discovered and reported the flaw, a memory heap overflow issue, directly to WhatsApp in August. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Oct 2018

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

Analysis Google has joined the battle to create a single-supplier smart-home with the release of a new product called the Home Hub. The Hub – launched today amid the official unveiling of Google's Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones – is a semi-moveable dashboard with a screen that will communicate with smart home products from its Nest …

Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

The day after Google confessed to almost exposing the private data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ accounts to app developers, the ad giant unveiled perhaps the most-leaked phone in recent memory. The Pixel 3 and 3XL was actually available for purchase, in a way, before its launch event in New York today. First prototype …

Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

Google will appeal the €4.34bn fine imposed in July by the European Commission, according to a report. In July, the Commission determined that Google illegally used Android to maintain its search monopoly. It requested Google provide remedies. Companies have the right to appeal against competition judgements to the General …

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

Google has withdrawn from bidding on a multi-billion US military cloud contract, citing corporate values. And a lack of certification. The Chocolate Factory confirmed in a statement on Monday that it has dropped out of the race against tech giants to bag the Pentagon's US$10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) …
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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

Google has surprised Google+ users – all two of them – by vowing to shutter the service over the next ten months in the wake of a potential data leak. In what has become an all-too-familiar scenario, the decision is subject to claim and counter-claim: The Wall Street Journal today alleged that Google covered up a programming …

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