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  1. Phishing Attack Uses Fake Google reCAPTCHA Zscaler Says it Prevented Over 2,500 Phishing Attacks Attackers steal login credentials via fake Google reCAPTCHA screens. Photo: Pixabay A Microsoft-themed phishing campaign is using phony Google reCAPTCHA in an attempt to steal credentials from senior employees of various organizations, a new report by security firm Zscaler says. The company adds it prevented more than 2,500 phishing emails tied to the campaign. Zscaler's threat research team, ThreatLabZ, which identified the latest campaign, notes the
  2. Google announces Flutter 2 with support for the web and desktop apps Google LLC pushed out a major update today to its open-source Flutter framework that’s used to build applications that can run on multiple computing platforms. The big news is that Flutter 2, as the release is called, has been expanded to become a portable framework rather than just a mobile framework, which means it can now be used to create slick, feature-filled web-based applications. Flutter is a framework that’s used by developers to build “native” apps on operating system
  3. Google plans to stop targeting ads based on your browsing history It's a big step towards becoming more privacy focused. NurPhoto via Getty Images In a major change for its core business model, Google said today that it plans to stop selling ads that rely on your individual web browsing history. Additionally, it won't build any tools to track your data across its products in the future. The announcements come after Google has committed to removing support for third-party cookies in Chrome, a move that would effectively kill the main source of data tracking
  4. What are these suspicious Google GVT1.com URLs? Certain Google-owned domains have caused Chrome users, from even the most skilled researchers to regular users, to question whether they are malicious. The domains I am referring to are redirector.gvt1.com and gvt1/gvt2 subdomains that have spun many questions on the internet. After receiving multiple concerned questions over the years, BleepingComputer has dug deeper into the domains' origin and whether they should be something to worry about. What are these suspicious gvt1.com domains? The doma
  5. How Google's Grand Plan to Make Its Own Games Fell Apart The tech giant hired 150 game developers for Stadia Games and Entertainment, only to lay them all off. Sources say it never gave the studios a chance. Google announced that it would make first-party games for Stadia in March of 2019. Less than two years later, that dream has collapsed.Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images In March 2019, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage at the Gam
  6. Google funds Linux maintainers to boost Linux kernel security Together with the Linux Foundation, Google announced today that they would fund two Linux kernel developers' efforts as full-time maintainers exclusively focused on improving Linux security. "While there are thousands of Linux kernel developers, all of whom take security into consideration as the due course of their work, this contribution from Google to underwrite two full-time Linux security maintainers signals the importance of security in the ongoing sustainability of open-source softw
  7. Samsung to supply foldable OLED panels to Google, OPPO, and Xiaomi Samsung is by now a veteran in the foldable smartphone space, culminating with the company’s excellent Galaxy Z Fold 2. It’s no wonder competitors would look to the company as they look to develop their own foldable devices. According to The Elec, Samsung is going to supply foldable OLED panels for devices from Google, OPPO, and Xiaomi. All of the panels are expected to be “in-folding,” with sizes ranging from 7.6 inches to 8.03 inches. As of now, all three of these companies are said to be
  8. Microsoft throws Google under the bus in European news fight Google has blasted "link tax" proposals as antithetical to the open Web. Robert Scoble / Flickr Microsoft is throwing its weight behind a European effort to force Big Tech companies to pay for the right to link to news articles. Google and Facebook have strongly opposed such proposals in both Europe and Australia, describing them as an attack on the open Web. Microsoft disagrees. "Access to fresh, broad, and deep press coverage is critical to the success o
  9. Google tweaks diversity, research policies following inquiry Jeff Dean. Photo: Google Google told employees Friday it has wrapped up its investigation into the ouster of prominent AI researcher Timnit Gebru. The company declined to say what the internal inquiry found, but said it is making some changes to how it handles issues around research, diversity and employee exits. Why it matters: The treatment of Gebru, both before and after she was forced out of the company, has outraged people within Google's Ethical AI team and others inside and outsid
  10. Google’s Nearby Share now lets you share Android apps with friends Google’s Nearby Share feature in Android is a convenient way to share links, photos, and more with friends and family. Now, you can also take advantage of a new feature that will allow you to easily share Android apps. First announced at the end of 2020 and widely available today, Nearby Share will let you share apps from Google Play with other Android users. The cool thing is you don’t need a cellular or Wi-Fi connection for Nearby Share to work. “Simply open Google Play, go to the ‘Sh
  11. Big Tech opens wallet for publishers as Australian news code looms Google and Facebook strike deals in effort to stymie rules on paying for content. Enlarge / Close-up photography John Lamb | Getty Images Google and Facebook are rushing to agree to deals with Australian publishers, offering them the most generous licensing terms in the world in an attempt to persuade Canberra not to apply rules forcing tech groups to pay for news. MPs began debating legislation on Wednesday to enact the news media ba
  12. Google is working on a “One-Handed Mode” for Android 12 Over the years, smartphone makers have made taller and taller devices. While that has made media consumption more enjoyable on mobile, it has resulted in making many phones impossible to use one-handed. To compensate, several phone makers have developed software solutions to improve one-handed usability: most notably Apple with its Reachability feature. Now, Google is set to bring its own version of one-handed mode in Android 12. XDA has now learned that Google has been developing a one-handed mode fea
  13. Google will pay €1.1 million for misleading users with hotel ratings in France Google is being fined by the French government due to its use of a proprietary hotel rating system in search results and Google Maps. The fine adds up to €1.1 million, roughly $1.33 million. In 2019, the French consumer and competition agency, the DGCCRF launched an investigation into the company's star rating system for hotels following a series of complaints from hoteliers. In France, the star rating is standardized by the local tourism organization, Atout Fr
  14. Google proposes way for Fuchsia OS to run Android and Linux programs ‘natively’ For years now, Google has been developing Fuchsia, an operating system that is distinctly not based on Linux. The latest proposal for Fuchsia OS shows how this “not Linux” operating system could run “unmodified” programs for both Android and Linux. One of the bigger issues with making a new operating system, particularly one that’s being built from scratch like Fuchsia, is that people will rightfully want to be able to run their favorite apps on that OS. In the case of Fuchsia,
  15. Google launches App Quality to aid developers in building engaging Android apps Empowering developers to build high-quality Android apps is an important part of Google's business. It recently released a new Android development curriculum which gives instructors a plan to follow when teaching students how to write apps for Android devices in Kotlin. Now, it has unveiled the new App Quality section on its dedicated website, which essentially offers a checklist that developers can utilize to build engaging apps. You can view the App Quality website here where
  16. This may be our first look at Android 12, Google’s next Android OS Google is set to release its next major version of Android — Android 12 — later this year, following a series of Developer Previews and Betas that will likely start rolling out later this month. Ahead of the stable release, Google shares documentation and source code with its major partners in order to give them time to prepare for the release. Today, an alleged early draft of a document that Google made to summarize changes in Android 12 leaked online, and screenshots showcasing the new UI and function
  17. Google Launches Database for Open Source Vulnerabilities Google last week announced the launch of OSV (Open Source Vulnerabilities), which the internet giant has described as a vulnerability database and triage infrastructure for open source projects. OSV should make it easier for the users of open source software to find out which vulnerabilities impact them. It can also help maintainers of open source software accurately identify all versions and commits impacted by a flaw across all their branches. For consumers, Google says OSV provides a database
  18. Google starts paying Australian publishers under its News Showcase program Google suspended in October of last year the launch of its News Showcase program in Australia amid regulatory hurdles in the country. News Showcase was introduced last year in an effort to pay publishers whose articles are curated for story panels across Google's services. However, Australia was removed from its list after the country's antitrust regulators demanded that the search giant pay royalties to all publishers for their content. Today, Google announced that
  19. Google's Payout to Bug Hunters Hits New High Over 660 researchers from 62 countries collected rewards for reporting bugs in Chrome, Android, and other Google technologies. Google paid $6.7 million in reward money last year to security researchers from around the world who found vulnerabilities in Chrome, Android, and other Google technologies. The amount is the highest Google has paid out under its Vulnerability Research Program (VRP) since launching it in 2010. In fact, the reward money it paid in 2020 is almost double the $3.4 million it paid bug hunters in
  20. Google may be working on a folding Pixel phone Samsung dominates the folding smartphone market, but nearly every other company are working on their own challengers, and it appears Google’s Pixel team is also planning to join the growing list. WindowsUnited has uncovered a number of patents describing the most important element of a folding phone – the hinge, and Google appears to have two ideas, with both inward and outward folding designs. The more traditional inward-fac
  21. Google salvaged Robinhood’s one-star rating by deleting nearly 100,000 negative reviews Unhappy users have been review-bombing the app Google is actively removing negative reviews of the Robinhood app from the Google Play Store, the company confirmed to The Verge. After some disgruntled Robinhood users organized campaigns to give the app a one-star review on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store — and succeeded in review-bombing it all the way down to a one-star rating — the compa
  22. Google shares its view on the impact of Apple's Privacy Policy changes on its partners Apple’s new app privacy notifications and user tracking changes introduced with iOS 14 have seen mixed reception from companies that rely heavily on ad revenue. Facebook, for instance, said that the changes will affect its business adversely since the challenges with collecting identifier for advertisers (IDFA) data affects the ability to serve personalized ads for users. Today, Google has shared its view of what the impact of the changes will be not only on it
  23. Google Cloud boosts security with general availability of zero-trust BeyondCorp Enterprise With enterprises rapidly reconfiguring their workforces and IT systems, new complexity is being introduced that risks expanding security vulnerabilities. Throw into the mix the growing resources being devoted to cyberattacks, and the global pandemic has created conditions that are ripe for hackers to exploit. To counter that, over the past year Google has been releasing BeyondCorp, a version of its internal security that it developed over more than a decade. Now, Goog
  24. Weeks later, Google still hasn’t added privacy labels to its most popular iPhone apps Some of the apps that have the disclosures are unexpected Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Three weeks after Google promised it would add Apple’s mandatory app privacy labels “as soon as this week,” none of the company’s main apps have the labels, including Gmail, search, Photos, Docs, and YouTube. There have been some questions about whether Google is purposefully not updating its
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