Google launches Project Shield, to protect news sites from DDoS attacks

animation

Insecure desktop operating systems (and even server/CMS vulnerabilities) has led to the creation of enormous, powerful botnets comprised of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of machines -- and thanks to the law of supply and demand, it's remarkably cheap and easy to rent time on a botnet and blast any site of your choosing off the Internet. Read the rest

Google Ideas think tank becomes Jigsaw, Alphabet's new technology incubator

REUTERS

Google's Eric Schmidt today broke the news that the 'Google Ideas' thinktank will become a technology incubator to be called Jigsaw.

Read the rest

Gmail will warn you when your correspondents use unencrypted mail transport

Unencrypted Message

A basic best-practice for email servers is to use TLS (Transport Layer Security) when they connect to one another, which guards against "man in the middle" attacks that would allow attackers to read or change emails while they travel between mail-servers. Read the rest

Superb investigative report on the fake locksmith scam

1.06-key_operation_(side_view)

If you've ever locked yourself out of your home and googled for a locksmith, you've seen that it's virtually impossible to reach a real local locksmith. Read the rest

Awesome tips for getting cheap airfares with Google Flights

we8fecmvpvm17myjtpqj

I'm a hardcore traveler and Google Flights is my tool of choice for figuring out my weird, complex, ever-changing plans. Read the rest

Google parent Alphabet surpasses Apple as 'world's most valuable company'

Reuters

With the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report today, Google parent company Alphabet became the world's most valuable company, and kicked Apple out of that coveted spot.

Read the rest

Die Gstettensaga: a science fiction movie about the Google Wars

animation

Johannes writes, "'Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl' -- our award-winning feature-length post-apocalyptic agitprop nerd comedy extravaganza -- is finally online on Vimeo! Free (as in lunch)! Enjoy!" Read the rest

DoJ forced Google to turn over Jacob Appelbaum's email, then gagged Google

800px-Jacob_Appelbaum_in_2010 (1)

Google's lawyers fought strenuously against the DoJ's demands for access to the Gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum, a journalist, activist and volunteer with the Wikileaks project; they fought even harder against the accompanying gag order, arguing that Appelbaum had the right to know what was going on and have a lawyer argue his case. Read the rest

Google steps up to defend fair use, will fund Youtubers' legal defenses

2484502-5886812082-YouTu

After years of missteps, blunders and disasters in which Youtube users have been censored through spurious copyright claims or had their accounts deleted altogether, Google has announced an amazing, user-friendly new initiative though which it will fund the legal defense of Youtube creators who are censored by bad-faith copyright infringement claims. Read the rest

Seriously, try "view source" on google.com

g8

This week's XKCD has a hell of an Easter Egg, and it's not even in the tooltip. Read the rest

Google releases critical AI program under a free/open license

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x830

Tensorflow, a sophisticated machine learning program that underpins Google Translate, speech recognition, image recognition and many other critical Google services, is now available under an Apache license, one of the least restrictive free/open licenses. Read the rest

Predatory lenders trick Google into serving ads to desperate, broke searchers

Bernardino_Mei_(Italian_(Sienese)_-_Christ_Cleansing_the_Temple_-_Google_Art_Project

Google bans ads by predatory lenders who promise foreclosure prevention and high-rate short-term loans, but they do allow payday loan ads; when you search for "need rent money fast," the predatory lenders target you with payday loan ads that collect your information and turn it into a lead for a high-pressure sales-call from one of Google's shitlisted usurers. Read the rest

Chrome won't trust Symantec-backed SSL as of Jun 1 unless they account for bogus certs

why-symantec-ssl-certificates-are-1-1-638

In September, Google caught Symantec issuing a fake google.com cryptographic certificate that could have been used to seamlessly intercept encrypted Google.com traffic. Symantec is one of the participants in Certificate Transparency, through which all new certificates issued and seen in the wild are logged to append-only, cryptographically provable logs, which create irrefutable audit trails for any bogus certs issued/discovered. Read the rest

Youtube's pay TV service makes video-creators a deal they literally can't refuse

youtube-red-logo

As part of the launch of Youtube Red, the company's new porny-sounding ad-free pay TV service, top creators are being told that they must allow their work into the paywalled/ad free zone, or be excluded from Youtube altogether. Noncommercial Youtube creators get a choice (for now). Apparently, the punishment for making Youtube into a success is losing the right to choose how to make money off your stuff. Read the rest

The new Nexus phones: beautiful, secure, and a shot across the bow

1-eGQqrUi3nJdrZmIx9HLwEg

Dan Gillmor has been playing with Google's new Nexus phones, the humungous 6P phablet and the smaller 5X, and he's written a shrewd and thorough review of what these phones do -- and more importantly, what they mean. Read the rest

Newly disclosed Android bugs affect all devices

1443658669609635

The newly released bugs are part of the Stagefright family of vulnerabilities, disclosed by Zimperium Zlabs. Read the rest

Symantec caught issuing rogue Google.com certificates

why-symantec-ssl-certificates-are-1-1-638

Your browser trusts SSL certificates from hundreds of "Certificate Authorities," each of which is supposed to exercise the utmost caution before issuing them -- a rogue cert would allow a criminal or a government to act as a man-in-the-middle between you and your bank, email provider, or employer, undetectably intercepting communications that you believed to be secure. Read the rest

More posts