13 Nov 2018

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

“An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and

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10 Oct 2018

Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts

“Google has announced that they are closing the consumer functionality of Google+ due lack of adoption and an API bug that leaked the personal information of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts. While no evidence was found that indicates this bug was ever misused, it was determined that the complexity of protecting

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21 Sep 2018

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail

Google and the U.S. Senate have announced that the Gmail accounts of U.S. Senators’ and their aides are being “targeted by foreign government hackers.” While no information has been given regarding the political entity behind the attempts or whether specific political parties or staffers have been especially targeted, the attempts

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28 Aug 2018

Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

“The real difference between the old and the new ages of data-intelligence-driven consumer marketing, and the invasion of privacy they entail, is that lots of people are finally aware that it is taking place. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the recent reports about Google, and related events have contributed to that

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22 Aug 2018

Gmail’s Confidential Mode Lets You Send Self-Destructing Emails

A new Gmail feature allows users to send self-destructing emails that recipients are not able to forward or print. Senders can detail the length of time before the email expires and whether to include a password protection. Analysts have raised fears that the style Google uses provides an easy platform

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16 Aug 2018

Google tracks users who turn off location history

Researchers have found that Google still collects user location data even when location tracking has been disabled. The company does through by storing a location snapshot when the Maps application is opened, as well as through weather updates and even Google searches not related to location. In order to prevent

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03 Aug 2018

After a decade, Google finally agrees to censor search results in China

Nearly ten years ago, Google decided to leave its 1/3 share of the Chinese search-engine market rather than censor its search results as mandated by the Chinese government. New reports indicate, however, that Google has been working with Chinese officials to release a censored search engine platform that could me

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27 Jul 2018

Marco Rubio: Google, other US companies are aiding Chinese surveillance

During a congressional hearing on China’s repression of Muslim ethnic minorities, Senator Marco Rubio accused Google and other American companies of providing important services in China that are used as part of the Communist Party’s “efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state.” He further stated that “It is

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18 Jul 2018

Google hit with record $5 billion EU antitrust fine

Antitrust regulators from the EU have fined Google a record $5 billion dollars for its use of “Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.” While the fine would hardly dent the $102.9 billion in cash reserves held by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., Google must

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28 Jun 2018

Google’s Withdrawal from Pentagon AI Project Risks U.S. Lives, Says former Deputy Defense Secretary

“Google’s decision to withdraw from some Pentagon business following an internal revolt is creating a moral hazard for itself and its employees, former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.” At the Defense One Tech Summit this week, Work argued that the company should also consider the ability of A.I. to

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