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Google paid out $1,337 bug bounties in a programming joke

Google paid out $1,337 bug bounties in a programming joke

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Google is notorious for having fun with numbers. On Friday, the search giant said that it paid a security researcher an award of $1,337 — a stylized way of writing "leet," as in "elite," a reference to a programming joke that goes back to the '80s. This came as part of Google's annual report on its bug bounty program, where it pays security experts to find flaws and vulnerabilities in its software. The program paid out $3.4 million to 317 total security researchers in 2018. Google often plays little tricks like this with its bug bounty program: It once paid out $6,006.13 — or, Google spelled-out numerically — to the researcher who managed to buy the "Google.com" domain for one minute. Google is notorious for having fun with numbers, and it looks like the company'
History, Stats and Importance – Facts Chronicle

History, Stats and Importance – Facts Chronicle

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It has revolutionized web searching to the point where its name has become synonymous with it. Even with a simple webpage design, it has managed to become one of the most popular domains on the internet. I bet even the browser you’re using is made by it. If that didn’t give it away I don’t know what will. For those who guessed it, yes, I’m talking about Google. Google, as you all are familiar with, started off just as a search engine. Now it’s grown into a multi-billion dollar company that’s worth over $270 billion. It’s also much more than a search engine now. It owns YouTube, has its own mobile operating system, has the best navigation software and so much more. You get the picture. So how did a mere search
Labour wants to fine or break up social media companies tha…

Labour wants to fine or break up social media companies tha…

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Fresh from a highly publicised call to banish mascots from cereal packaging, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has come out fighting once more, this time with US social media platforms firmly in his sights.Addressing a future Labour government’s approach to the sector during a major policy speech later today, Watson is expected to outline how a new regulatory watchdog could be given the powers to break up or hand multi-million pound fines to companies like Facebook and Google.The politician says the government should step in to protect children from online harms under a legal duty of care proposed by Labour.“For the duty of care to be effective we need penalties that seriously affect companies’ bottom lines,” he will say.Watson is expected to argue that politicians will be forced to "st
Why can’t Alexa and Google Assistant coexist on one device?

Why can’t Alexa and Google Assistant coexist on one device?

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Last month, Sonos started beta testing Google Assistant support for its Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers. While both devices already work with Amazon Alexa voice commands, adding Google Assistant is without precedent. With every other smart speaker–whether it’s made by Google, Amazon, or a third party–you’re locked into one assistant or the other.Still, the feature in its current form has one major limitation: There’s no way to use both assistants interchangeably by saying either “Alexa” or “Hey Google.” Instead, you must assign a single assistant to a speaker, and use the Sonos app to switch between them.Being able to use both assistants without a cumbersome switching process would have some clear benefits: You could shop on Amazon without giving up Google Assistant’s superior search
Trade Secrets: A Valuable Tool in Your IP Protection Strate…

Trade Secrets: A Valuable Tool in Your IP Protection Strate…

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Introduction One of the most important things that a company can do to maintain its value is to take thoughtful steps to protect its intellectual property, its “secret sauce,” so to speak, that sets the product or company apart and makes it valuable to consumers and investors. There are four main types of protection for intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The type of intellectual property protection used depends on a variety of factors, but most importantly on the type of asset that a company is looking to protect. For instance, copyrights apply to original works of authorship such as poetry, films, or books, but can also cover things like computer software or architecture. Trademark protects slogans, logos, and brand names that help users identif
Google vs. Apple — The Motley Fool

Google vs. Apple — The Motley Fool

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They are unquestionably two of the most powerful companies that the world has ever known. One is the maker of the iPhone, the original smartphone -- the device that fundamentally changed the way we interact with each other. The other has taken all of the world's information and put it at our fingertips. I'm talking, of course, about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), often known by the name of its largest subsidiary: Google. Investors in both companies have experienced enormous gains over the past 15 years. But which is the better stock to buy today? Image source: Getty Images....
Understand the Relationship Between AI and 5G, Edge Computi…

Understand the Relationship Between AI and 5G, Edge Computi…

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Dublin, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) Market: General Purpose Artificial Intelligence, AI Agent Platforms, and Software 2018 - 2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Also known as Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), General Purpose Artificial Intelligence represents silicon-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) that mimics human-like cognition to perform a wide variety of tasks that span beyond mere number crunching. Whereas most current AI solutions are limited in terms of the type and variety of problems that may be solved, AGI may be employed to solve many different problems including machine translation, natural language processing, logical reasoning, knowledge representation, social intellig...
Why CAPTCHAs have gotten so difficult

Why CAPTCHAs have gotten so difficult

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At some point last year, Google’s constant requests to prove I’m human began to feel increasingly aggressive. More and more, the simple, slightly too-cute button saying “I’m not a robot” was followed by demands to prove it — by selecting all the traffic lights, crosswalks, and storefronts in an image grid. Soon the traffic lights were buried in distant foliage, the crosswalks warped and half around a corner, the storefront signage blurry and in Korean. There’s something uniquely dispiriting about being asked to identify a fire hydrant and struggling at it. These tests are called CAPTCHA, an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, and they’ve reached this sort of inscrutability plateau before. In the early 2000s, simple images of text we