04 Jan 2023

Google to Pay Indiana $20 Million to Resolve Privacy Suit

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has confirmed that Google will pay Indiana roughly $20 million to resolve a lawsuit regarding alleged deceptive location tracking practices. The state of Indiana sued the technology giant due to an investigation that concluded Google continued to track users’ location data after they opted out.

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05 Dec 2022

Google shares details of newly found commercial spyware threats

On Wednesday, tech giant Google released details regarding a recently identified exploitation frameworks that it capable of deploying spyware. Google has dubbed the exploits “Heliconia.” The exploits appear to have ties to Variston IT, a Spanish company. Google’s Threat Analysis Group detailed the exploits, which target n-day vulnerabilities in Chrome,

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31 Oct 2022

Google Introduces Cloud-Based Blockchain Node Service for Ethereum

Tech giant Google said Thursday it will be launching a cloud-based node engine for Ethereum projects. The company said its Google Cloud Blockchain Node Engine will be a “fully managed node-hosting service that can minimize the need for node operations,” meaning that Google will be responsible for monitoring node activity

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24 Oct 2022

Google Unveils Open Source Project to Improve Software Supply Chain Security

Last Thursday Google called for contributors to collaborate on an open source project titled Graph for Understanding Artifact Composition (GUAC). The project is part of Google’s efforts to improve software supply chain security. GUAC is still in the early stages, but Google hopes that the project will change how the

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12 Oct 2022

Google’s Cloud Business Targets Web3 With Cryptocurrency Payments

Google-parent Alphabet’s cloud computing business will accept customer payments using cryptocurrencies starting in early 2023. Google stock edged down a fraction amid the news, which came Tuesday at the company’s annual cloud computing conference. The crypto payment platform involves a partnership with Coinbase. Crypto stocks have been under pressure. But

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01 Sep 2022

Google’s new bug bounty program targets open-source vulnerabilities

On Tuesday, tech giant Google announced that it is launching its own bug bounty program that will focus specifically on detecting flaws in open-source software. According to Google, payouts will be anywhere from $100 to upwards of $31,000. The program is titled the Open Source Software Vulnerability Rewards Program. The

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29 Aug 2022

Privacy Activists Target Google Over French ‘Spam’ Emails

A group of French activists issued a complaint to regulators on Wednesday, alleging that Google is breaking EU law by sending Gmail users direct advertising messages. This is the latest complaint in a long series filed by None of Your Business (NYOB), a French activist group battling the tech giant

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26 Aug 2022

The Quantum List Updated: Companies leveraging quantum effects for real world functionality and security

OODA is tracking almost 1300 firms that leverage quantum effects to provide real world functionality. Of these we have selected 23 to bring to our network’s attention because of our judgment of the importance these firms are already playing in domains of Quantum Computing, Quantum Security, Quantum Communications and Quantum Sensing. 

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23 Aug 2022

In Crypto: Google’s $1.5bn cryptocurrency investment

Google is the world’s biggest backer of cryptocurrency and blockchain companies. The tech giant’s parent company Alphabet invested $1.5 billion into just four crypto startups since September 2021, according to a report from Blockdata. The companies backed were digital asset custody platform Fireblocks, Web3 game company Dapper Labs, Bitcoin infrastructure tool Voltage

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19 Aug 2022

Google Patches Chrome’s Fifth Zero-Day of the Year

Google has patched an insufficient validation input flaw along with 11 other security vulnerabilities. The flaw allows for arbitrary code execution and is currently under active attack, according to Google. This marks the fifth zero-day vulnerability discovered and subsequently patched in Chrome this year. The patch was released on Wednesday

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