Not OK, Google

0108 At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Read More

DeepMind wants its healthcare AI to charge by results — but first it needs your data

DeepMind Health Mark your Google calendars because from today ‘Don’t be evil’ rides again, via the DeepMind AI division of the Alphabet ad giant, as a hippocratic assurance to ‘Do no harm’… Read More

Issue with Facebook spam filter shuts down social sharing for hours

Some Facebook users encountered a major glitch Monday.

Early in the morning, a technical problem prevented people from posting articles via the share buttons on a number of websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters.

A Facebook spokesperson blamed the technical difficulties on an issue with a spam filter, ZDNet reported. That filter is designed to prevent the spread of malware on the social network, but it produced "Message Failed" dialog boxes for some people sharing legit content on Monday.

Sharing links directly on Facebook — as opposed to from an outside website — still worked.  Read more...

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Chrome is helping kill HTTP

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Dashlane, Google launch ‘OpenYOLO,’ an API-based password project for Android apps

generic_code_hack_security Password management is one of the key defenses — or key weaknesses — when it comes to protecting your data and identity online, and today Dashlane — the digital wallet and password manager startup — announced that it has teamed up with Google to develop another route to trying to fix that. The two have unveiled OpenYOLO — not this YOLO, but short for “you… Read More

Google says 97% of connections to YouTube are now encrypted

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Android will now send push notifications when new devices are added to your account

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Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, shows a sign outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google unveils its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers, beginning Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Google saw a record number of data requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide during the second half of 2015 as the request total passed the 40,000 mark for the first time. That’s up from 35,365 in the first half of the year and 30,140 one year previous, according to the tech giant’s latest transparency report. Read More

Pokemon Go wants to catch (almost) all your app permissions

Pokemon Go Let’s be honest, players of Pokemon Go aren’t going to care a Joltik or a Flabébé about the app permissions required to roam their neighbourhoods garnering the disproving glances of seniors as they fling invisible poke balls at the rose bushes. Read More

Google starts experimenting with quantum-secure connections in Chrome

d_wave_486 smaller If quantum computing ever lives up to its promise (and that’s still a big ‘if’ at this stage), somebody could use this technology to retroactively break any communications that were encrypted with today’s standard encryption algorithms. To guard against this, Google today announced that it will now start experimenting with using post-quantum algorithms to encrypt… Read More
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