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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Google has withdrawn from bidding on a multi-billion US military cloud contract, citing corporate values.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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UK High Court blocks iPhone Safari privacy suit against Google

The UK High Court has blocked an attempt by British consumer rights advocates to fling a multibillion-pound class-action sueball at Google over iPhone handset tracking allegations. The full judgment (PDF) was handed down in London today. cash Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha READ MORE The case was …
Jude Karabus, 8 Oct 2018

Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

US Vice-President Mike Pence has harsh words for Google over its involvement in the Dragonfly search platform, reportedly under development for use in the Middle Kingdom. The criticism came on Thursday in a scathing speech against China that the Veep gave to the Hudson Institute, a DC-based public policy organization. Shortly …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2018
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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

Huawei last year denied reports that it's developing its own mobile OS to lessen its dependence on US giants like Google. The South China Morning Post had reported that Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei blessed the doomsday project, to be activated in case of a "worst-case scenario". The Alibaba-owned paper said Huawei has such …

Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

If you thought the monster battle between Google and Uber over alleged theft of its self-driving technology was over, you'd be wrong. The two companies were involved in an extraordinary legal battle earlier this year that revealed a series of shady goings-on at Uber, including a special unit whose job it was to steal …

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

Opposition to the Australian government's proposed crypto-busting legislation is gathering pace, with internet and telco giants deciding to speak with a single voice. Local companies like Telstra and Optus have added their names to the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, which is opposed the Australian government's plans …
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Windows 10 transition props up business box revenues in Western Europe

The ongoing transition to Windows 10 by corporates offset weak consumer demand to keep PC sales ticking over with a modest 3 per cent increase over this time last year, according to figures released by channel box-counters Context. While Germany bought the most gear in the first two months of Q3 (665,548 notebooks and desktops …
Richard Speed, 2 Oct 2018
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UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has blamed US tax reforms for slow progress towards an international levy on tech giants' revenues, and warned that the UK is considering going it alone. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is working on a global agreement that would ensure that …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Oct 2018
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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

Weary of dealing with malicious Chrome extensions and user complaints, Google is asking developers to lock down their accounts and tightening up security in its Chrome Web Store. On Monday, the Chocolate Factory announced a handful of changes to reduce the amount of dodgy code in its marketplace and to make the hijacking of …
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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

WWW creator Tim Berners-Lee has taken aim at the internet giants with his new decentralised web project Solid, which pushes for individuals, not firms, to control their data. The inventor is no stranger to public proclamations about the future of his creation, which he has long fought to keep open to all. But in recent months …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Oct 2018

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

Comment Google has received massive fines for its recent stewardship of Android, but there was no conspiracy or underhand tactics about how it got there: Google won this monopoly on merit. Shutterstock molten chocolate Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets READ MORE Today, 10 years after the first Android phones launched*, …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2018

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

Stung by criticism over its creepy cookie hoarding and automatic sign-in in Chrome, Google has pulled a swift U-turn. Kind of. kids drink milkshake That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought READ MORE Chrome 70, due in October, walks back controversial changes in the browser that …
Richard Speed, 26 Sep 2018

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

If you tell Google's latest version of Chrome to delete all of its cookies – surprise, you may still end up with Google cookies on your computer. Christoph Tavan, CTO of publishing biz Contentpass, pointed out this week that when netizens tell the browser to remove all cookies from their machines, Chrome 69 keeps users logged …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2018

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