Google Sent More Than 50,000 Warnings to Users Targeted by Government-Backed Hackers This Year

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While the amount of cyber attackers and activity alone is alarming, in this episode, the featured villain is a hacker group backed by the Iranian government. If the internet is a digital Wild West, it’s time to lock your doors and close your windows.

Tim Sweeney Warns VR Could Make Tech Companies ‘More Powerful Than Any Government’


“These devices give companies like Google and Facebook terrifyingly specific details about our private lives.” ” During his address on stage, Sweeney urged the audience to consider that, “if we ever allow one company to own the meta-verse, then that company would have more power than any government that has ever existed.” ” Tagged with: exclusives , government , Oculus Home , open , platform , Tim Sweeney.


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Google Doodle recognizes Juneteenth, unlike the federal government

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Your Google homepage is ready for Juneteenth (even if the federal government somehow still doesn't acknowledge the long-celebrated holiday).

Turns Out This Sophisticated Hacker Campaign Was Actually the Work of 'Western Government Operatives'

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A sophisticated hacking campaign that was previously witnessed targeting security flaws in Android, Windows and iOS devices is actually the work of “Western government operatives” conducting a “counterterrorism operation,” according to a new report from MIT Technology Review.

Governments Allege Facebook Practices ‘Illegal Monopolization’, Take Legal Action

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Facebook is facing legal action from the governments of the United States and Germany, with allegations of “unlawful conduct” and an inquiry into the practice of linking Facebook accounts to the use of an Oculus headset.

Australia's PM Suggests Bing Adequate If Google Blocks Searches Down Under

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Google is threatening to block searches in Australia if the country implements a compulsory profit-sharing deal that would force tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay media companies for their content. It used to be a joke, but it’s not so funny anymore.

Facebook's Australian news ban also blocked links to weather, government services, poetry, and Facebook itself

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Facebook followed through on its threat to ban the sharing of news links by and to Australian users, as the country's government moves closer to forcing big tech companies to pay to link media outlets' content.

NSA Denies Tucker Carlson Show Worth Sabotaging

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Juror Hit With 'Extreme' Fine After Googling Suspected White Supremacist Badge on ICE Officer's Uniform

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Word of warning: A simple Google search in defiance of a judge’s order can result in huge fines, one juror learned that the hard way recently when he tried to alert his fellow jurists that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer involved in an assault case may actually a white supremacist.

Covid-19 Data Is Coming to Google Maps

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thanks in part to government dysfunction , Google’s deploying a feature to at least help us avoid covid-19 hotspots. plagues visualized google covid 19While contact tracing flails in the U.S.

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Microsoft Wants U.S. to Adopt Internet Rules From Australia That Google Hates

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government to adopt media rules that would force big tech companies to share profits with newspapers when they link to news content, according to a new blog post by Microsoft president Brad Smith. Microsoft would like the U.S.

Google VR Film Explores Artisanal Gold Mine In Democratic Republic Of The Congo


That’s the opening line of a new VR film from the Google Conflict Minerals Campaign entitled The Journey of Gold. Alyssa Newman, Google’s Conflict Minerals and Sustainability Program Manager, said that the film’s goal is to raise awareness about their efforts to implement responsible practices for sourcing for these metals. ” Google partnered with the Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum and StoryUp XR for this project.

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Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files

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Google announced a new storage policy Wednesday governing user accounts, and while most of the resulting headlines focused of a new price tag for Google Photos, an important change went mostly overlooked. More about Google , Google Drive , Tech , and Big Tech Companies.

What's the Most Significant Hack in History?

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If that day never arrives, it will be largely thanks to the legions of malefactors who, over the years, have hacked this or that government or corporation and thus forced… Read more.

Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad

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President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent critic of Google parent company Alphabet to lead the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the White House announced Tuesday.

Biden's Cybersecurity Summit Will Gather Very Important People to Solve America's Hacking Problem

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President Joe Biden and other White House officials plan to meet with a cadre of business, tech, education leaders and others on Wednesday to discuss a pretty pressing issue: How exactly to keep America from getting hacked so much. Read more.

Google Threatens to Block Searches in Australia But Prime Minister Says 'We Don't Respond to Threats'

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Google threatened to block its search engine for all users in Australia if a controversial new profit-sharing proposal from the federal government moves forward, according to testimony Friday by Google’s top executive in the region.

Bill Barr Is About to Blow Up the Antitrust Case Against Google: Report

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government have been looking to put Google’s head on a spike, and while undoubtedly there’s been some degree of jockeying between them for which will ultimately get the credit, they’ve been proceeding with care and caution in the interest of building an ironclad case against a… Read more.

Social media platforms are finally acting like the mini-governments they are

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Features Social Media Facebook Google Reddit trump Twitter YouTubeIs this burst of proactive community moderation just a temporary trend?

A running list of American antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook

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Christmas has come, like, a week early for anyone who cares about the American government enforcing its antitrust laws. In the last quarter of 2020, states and the federal government have filed multiple lawsuits against Big Tech companies Google and Facebook for abusing their monopoly power.

Google Reportedly Now Facing Antitrust Probes in Every State but One

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Amid ongoing investigations by the federal government and almost every other state, California has reportedly launched its own antitrust probe into the world’s biggest advertising agency, Google, as it continues to face scrutiny by U.S. antitrust google california

Google Doodle encourages people to get COVID vaccine

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The Google letters are lining up to get vaccinated. Google used Wednesday's Doodle animation to spur people to get the COVID vaccine. Each cheerful letter in the Google logo is depicted wearing a mask. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Animated Google Doodles. Credit: screenshot: google.

Google, Facebook, other big tech companies back lawsuit against ICE

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Tech companies including Google, Facebook and others just lent their legal might to a lawsuit against U.S. More about Facebook , Google , Immigration And Customs Enforcement Agency , Tech , and Politics. Facebook Google Immigration And Customs Enforcement Agency Tech Politics

Google tells Australians to get mad about proposed media laws in pointed open letter

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In July, the Australian government released the first draft of a new code of conduct managing the way tech giants deal with local media companies, which includes requiring them to pay for content. More about Google , Youtube , Advertising , Australia , and Media Industry.

Google Doodle celebrates the inventor of surgical masks on his 142nd birthday

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In its latest homepage Doodle, Google celebrates what would be the 142nd birthday of Dr. Wu Lien-teh, inventor of an early version of the multi-layered surgical mask we have all come to rely on. More about Google Doodle , Masks , Social Good , and Health.

Google engineer who criticized company in viral comics on why he finally quit

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Former Google engineer Manu Cornet describes his time at Google in two phases. Some of those topics included Google contracts with government agencies like ICE , making a search engine for China's government that complies with censorship laws, and more.

Google promotes wearing a face mask in helpful Doodle

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Google's latest Doodle is promoting one simple act of kindness : wearing a face mask.

Former Senior Pentagon Official Says China is Kicking Our Ass in Artificial Intelligence

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A former senior Pentagon official recently quit his job over frustrations with the government’s apparent inability to make meaningful headway on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity—two areas he says China will likely surpass us in if we don’t get our s**t together.

Google tests new feature that will warn if your search doesn't have reliable results yet

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In one of Silicon Valley's latest attempts to tackle our online misinformation crisis, Google announced a new feature that warns U.S. However, Google's announcement didn't say exactly what would be considered a reliable source nor how it'd assess the reliability of said sources.

Apple and Google block UK COVID app update for breaking data-sharing rules

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Google and Apple have blocked an update to the UK government's COVID-19 contact tracing app for breaching privacy terms, the BBC reports.

3 things the Facebook, Google, and Twitter CEOs were grilled about in Congress

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Much of the hearing focused on just that: how misinformation spreads on these platforms and how government regulation could step in. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were grilled by the Boomers of Congress on Thursday.

Tucker Carlson Sure Did Pick a Great Time to Tussle With the NSA

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Whether Tucker Carlson is an actual victim of government spying or a fraud trying to rile up his viewers, Americans should remember: no matter how much you hate the smug, punchable face of said Fox News darling, the National Security Agency is not your friend and surveillance in our country is out of control. Read more.

Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. As such, Microsoft will be able to support the association’s policy, advocacy, and government affairs work. News Facebook Global Virtual Reality Association Google HTC Vive Microsoft Samsung Sony XR Association

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Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

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Such a lawsuit would mark the government’s latest crackdown on the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, for … Read more. another one bites the dust facebook google antitrust antitrust laws ftc federal trade commission amazon apple mark zuckerberg

VR Association Formed To Get ‘Ahead of Challenges With Developing and Deploying The Technology Responsibly’


The collective includes Google, HTC Vive, Acer Starbreeze, Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. While seeking to educate consumers, governments, and industry about VR’s potential, the association wants to get ahead of challenges with developing and deploying the technology responsibly. Tagged with: acer , Collective , google , htc vive , industry , oculus , samsung , sony , virtual reality.

Google Says Chinese Hackers Are Impersonating McAfee to Trick Victims Into Installing Malware

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The same Chinese government-linked hackers who targeted the campaigns of both 2020 presidential candidates earlier this year have been trying to trick users into installing malware by posing as the antivirus provider McAfee and using otherwise legitimate online services like GitHub and Dropbox.

Google Gadgets Going High on AI


Instead of making phones with nicer screens, faster chips or polished industrial design, it seems that Google is trying to leverage heavily on Artificial Intelligence. According to Straits Times, Google Assistant, its virtual assistant software powered by artificial intelligence (AI), is on virtually all of Google’s new hardware devices , ever listening and ready to help users with their queries and tasks.