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Google’s Year in Search shows what the UK cared about in 20…

Google’s Year in Search shows what the UK cared about in 20…

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As we approach 2019, it’s time for Google to reveal our search habits for another year. And while you’d imagine a late flurry of searches for “no-confidence motion” with today’s political drama, it didn’t quite come in early enough to make the cut. Unsurprisingly it was sporting drama that mainly dominated UK search engines, with England’s unexpectedly strong performance in Russia fueling searches for “World Cup” – the most searched for term of 2018. Elsewhere, Prince Harry’s wedding led to the second and third most popular search terms – “Royal wedding” and “Meghan Markle,” while “Black Panther” and “Roxanne Pallett” rounded out the top five. Surprise gaming hit Fortnite narrowly missed out, fini
5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google’s Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google’s Sundar Pichai

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Before they hand control of the House of Representatives over to Democrats, House Republicans are mounting one more effort to hold Silicon Valley giants accountable for what they say is rampant liberal bias at tech companies. In the hot seat this time: Google CEO Sundar Pichai.On Tuesday, Pichai will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing focused on transparency, data collection, and filtering. Until now, Pichai has mostly avoided the public lashings in Washington that his contemporaries, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, have received. In September, Google declined to send either Pichai or Larry Page, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, to testify alongside Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg before the Senate
With move to rebuild Edge atop Google’s Chromium, Microsoft…

With move to rebuild Edge atop Google’s Chromium, Microsoft…

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After a years-long pummeling, Microsoft this week surrendered in the browser war, saying that it will junk Edge's home-grown rendering engine and replace it with Blink, the engine that powers Google's Chrome.With Edge pulling code from the Chromium project, the browser will also be able to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well as macOS."We intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," wrote Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the Windows group, in a post to a company blog.Belfiore's announcement was a stunning humiliation for Microsoft, which in the early years of this century ruled the browser world...
Google’s John Mueller on Why Some Sites Rank

Google’s John Mueller on Why Some Sites Rank

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Google’s new plan: Eliminate mosquitoes around the world

Google’s new plan: Eliminate mosquitoes around the world

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It’s the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet Inc.: eradicating mosquito-borne diseases around the world. Photo: ReutersSan Francisco: Silicon Valley researchers are attacking flying bloodsuckers in California’s Fresno County. It’s the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet Inc.: eradicating mosquito-borne diseases around the world. A white high-top Mercedes van winds its way through the suburban sprawl and strip malls as a swarm of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes shoot out of a black plastic tube on the passenger-side window. These pests are tiny and, with a wingspan of just a few millimeters, all but invisible.“You hear that little beating sound?” says Kathleen Parkes, a spokesperson for Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Alphabet. She’s trailing the
Google’s New Smart Home Patent Is A Direct Attack On Our Pr…

Google’s New Smart Home Patent Is A Direct Attack On Our Pr…

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Google is famous for tracking users and showing them targeted advertisements even if users do not want to see it. The search giant’s new patents for smart-home technology suggest that Google now wants to enter your bedroom to track you more efficiently. The first patent talks about a smart device that could scan and analyze the surroundings of your home, and offer targeted ads on the basis of it. For instance, the device would be capable of scanning Will Smith’s face on a T-shirt lying on the floor of a closet. The device would then offer you suggestions related to Will Smith’s movies. Using object identification technology, this smart device would categorize users into different categories on the basis of the data collected. The patented device would also detect the gender and age of
Cross-site search attack applied to snoop on Google’s bug t…

Cross-site search attack applied to snoop on Google’s bug t…

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XS-Searching takes advantage of timing-based attackA security researcher has refined a known but slightly obscure hacking technique and applied it to trawl Google’s bug tracker and extract examples of juicy zero-days.The cross-site search attack (XS-Searching) was harnessed by security researcher Luan Herrera to unearth details of vulnerabilities from a Google’s bug-tracking database.Herrera exploited several low-grade vulnerabilities in Google’s Monorail issue tracker system to obtain sensitive data (vulnerable source code files and line numbers) from private bug reports held on the system.Monorail is an open source issue tracker used by several Chromium-related projects as well as by Project Zero, Google’s zero-day bug-hunting crew.The system
Google’s sneaky new iPhone feature

Google’s sneaky new iPhone feature

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Remember in Primary school when you sent your friends to give a message to the girl you liked? Well now you can have that same feeling all over again when you talk to your iPhone. A cheeky update to the Google Assistant app on iOS has opened up a new way for iPhone users to access the search giant's voice-enabled digital assistant. The latest version of Google Assistant adds support for Siri Shortcuts, and as a result iPhone users can now use their voice to ask Google Assistant to do things for them — but they still have to go through Siri. Essentially, by saying something like "Hey Siri, get Google" you can ask Siri to call up Google's AI helper and start issuing your demands to it instead, news.com.au reported. It's a little clunky, not to mention a rather amusing marriage of
Google’s EU shopping comparison rivals say their situation …

Google’s EU shopping comparison rivals say their situation …

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Roughly a month ago European Commission (EC) competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that Google’s efforts in shopping search were making progress and that the company would likely be able to avoid additional antitrust penalties. However in a new open letter to Vestager, EU shopping comparison rivals argue that things are actually getting worse for them. The backstory. In June, 2017 the EC fined Google roughly $2.7 billion for alleged abuse of market position in vertical (shopping) search. Following that decision, which Google is in the process of appealing, Google implemented a number of changes to provide “equal treatment” for rival Comparison Shopping Engines (CSEs) in Europe. The major change Google made was to treat Google Shopping as a separate busi