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Google late to the encryption party

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‘Allo’ the new messaging service to be launched by Google this summer is to feature an ‘incognito’ setting which will provide total end-to-end encryption. This new system is called ‘Signal’ and will also be available on Google’s new video app, ‘Duo’. Signal encryption will prevent Google from accessing any conversation… Read more »

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Lobbying for driverless car-friendly legislation

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Internet giant and early champion of driverless car technology Google has joined forces with manufacturers Ford and Volvo as well as well known taxi firm Uber. The idea is to guide and influence the legislation that will govern this emerging market and also to promote the concept of driverless cars… Read more »

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Google Play still affected by malware

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Google Play store has fallen victim to malware. Security experts in Russia discovered a malware which would infect users’ devices with spyware, hidden in various Android apps on the Play store. A wide range of apps have been infected, and once installed on end devices they would be ready to… Read more »

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Mass roll-out of encrypted emails soon?

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Some of the biggest players in internet technology have collaborated to develop encrypted email, aimed at preventing so-called MITM attacks – man in the middle hacks. Experts from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, amongst other leading technology firms, have are proposing a more modern take on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol,… Read more »

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Android and Samsung Pay to hit the UK

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Several financial institutions have shown an interest in the plans by Google for Android Pay to become available in the UK in the coming months. Nationwide Building Society, Lloyds Bank and HSBC have all welcomed plans for the introduction of the facility which allows an Android device running 4.4 or… Read more »

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Voice recognition apps may be used for advertising

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A recent thread on the community website Reddit seems to indicate that mobile phones may be getting used for some rather dubious advertising methods. Smartphone users have been reporting that their phones seem to be listening in on their personal conversations and then serving up advertising or newsfeeds which relate… Read more »

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Google.com mistakenly sold, for a time, on Google’s domain-buying service

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Google has offered a cash reward to a man who bought and briefly owned the web domain Google.com after he spotted that it was mistakenly on sale on the web giant’s own website-buying service. Google spotted the mistake within about a minute and cancelled the transaction, which took place on… Read more »

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Rogue app briefly available on Google’s Play store

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Google has recently discovered malware in its Play store which has been imitating the genuine app BatteryBot Pro, an app which monitors power consumption on Smartphones. The rogue app gained access to the Smartphone functionality like any other app – by requesting permission to access phone functions. Once the permission… Read more »

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Google encrypts China’s searches

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Google has started to encrypt searches made by people in China. This type of encryption is widely seen as a way for users of the search engine to avoid official scrutiny of where they go online. It is also seen as a reaction to continuing revelations about the extent of… Read more »

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US parents seek legal action against Google

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Google is facing legal action from parents in the US angry over purchases their children have made in games without their consent. The case is being filed by a New York mother on behalf of other parents. She was furious that her five-year-old son was able to spend $66 (£39) within… Read more »

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