15 Oct 2020

Border Patrol Spent $2 Million On Google Maps For A Massive Surveillance Tool

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has reportedly spent at least $2 million over the past three years on Google mapping software that supports the Automated Targeting System (ATS). ATS is a technology that creates a profile for every person who enters the US and determines the risk they

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14 Oct 2020

Google warns of severe ‘BleedingTooth’ Bluetooth flaw in Linux kernel

A new vulnerability has been disclosed by Google, a high-severity flaw that affects Linux devices. The bug reportedly lies in the Bluetooth stack within Linux kernel versions 5.9 and below that support BlueZ. Cybersecurity firms are urging users to update the Linux kernel to version 5.9, which was released just

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09 Oct 2020

Waymo Restarts Robotaxi Service Without Human Safety Drivers

Waymo, Google’s robotaxi service, is resuming operations without drivers for the first time since its launch. Autonomous rides will be provided within a 50 square mile area near Chandler, Arizona, where the company primarily operates. The robot minivans will now be dispatched with no backup human safety driver, marking a

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01 Oct 2020

House Democrats to Call for Big Tech Breakups

Democratic lawmakers reportedly plan to introduce legislation that would break up the power of big technology companies that currently rule over the US’s tech industry. This may look like a forced separation of online platforms. The House Antitrust Subcommittee is currently wrapping up a 15-month probe into big tech companies

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04 Sep 2020

Microscopes Powered by Google’s AI Could Change Cancer Diagnostics

New medical technology, AI-microscopes, could change how doctors detect cancer. This would begin the first stage of fulfilling industry goals of applying artificial intelligence to medical imagery in detecting various illnesses and health issues. In the initiatives first step, the Defense Innovation Unit awarded a contract to Google Cloud to

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02 Sep 2020

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

In April, Apple and Google announced that they would team up to combat COVID-19 outbreaks and the ongoing pandemic through developing a contact tracing app utilizing Bluetooth signals from smartphones. The contact tracing was designed to help alert users to potential exposures, as well as help public health officials to

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25 Aug 2020

Google Fixes High-Severity Chrome Browser Code Execution Bug

Google Chrome users will receive a patch later this week that fixes a severe vulnerability that can be manipulated by attackers to execute arbitrary code. The flaw lied in the Chrome 85 stable channel, however, has since been fixed by the company. The flaw is a bug in the WebGL

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24 Aug 2020

Google Offering Near Real-Time Maps of Wildfire Boundaries

Google has announced that it will launch new features that alert California residents to wildfires burning throughout the state. The feature will provide residents with information about the fires, including maps of their boundaries, within the company’s Maps offering, and in the Google search engine. Google plans to use data

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04 Aug 2020

Google Bans Ads Linking to Hacked Political Content

Google has decided to block ads that contain hacked political content in an effort to prevent their platforms from being used for interference in the 2020 US Presidential election. Google’s move appears to be a preventative measure due to the occurrences of the last election in which damaging material was

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03 Jun 2020

Two Critical Android Bugs Open Door to RCE

In June updates, Google and Qualcomm addressed significant vulnerabilities affected Andriod users that could lead to remote code execution (RCE) on applicable devices. The bugs, CVE-2020-0117, and CVE-2020-8597 affect Andriod versions 8 to 10 and can allow for RCE in the context of a privileged process. An attacker could potentially

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