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New Flaw Lets Attacker Control Gmail “Change Password” Function

New Flaw Lets Attacker Control Gmail “Change Password” Function

A researcher today released a proof-of-concept for a vulnerability he discovered in Google Gmail that lets an attacker change a Gmail user's password, wage a denial-of-service attack on the account, or even access other Gmail users' email. The cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaw -- which researcher Vicente Aguilera Diaz from Madrid-based [...]

Google regarding Twitter: A “Poor Man’s Email System”

Google regarding Twitter: A “Poor Man’s Email System”

Real-time microblogging and messaging services like Twitter could potentially become a threat to Google -- whose search index doesn't keep up with conversations as quickly as Twitter's. So what does Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt think about Twitter? "Speaking as a computer scientist, I view all of these as sort of poor man's email systems," he [...]

Google Maps uncovers the long lost city of Atlantis?

Google Maps uncovers the long lost city of Atlantis?

The site lies 620 miles off the west coast of Africa near the Canary Islands — a location for Atlantis seemingly suggested by the ancient philosopher Plato. He believed it was an island civilization sunk by an earthquake and floods around 9,700BC — nearly 12,000 years ago. The “grid” showed up on Google Ocean, a Google Earth [...]

Google Maps face-blurring technology in action

Google Maps face-blurring technology in action

We may never know who the man on that sign is. (more…)

Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps

Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps

With an upgrade to its mobile maps, Google Inc. hopes to prove it can track people on the go as effectively as it searches for information on the Internet. The new software to be released Wednesday will enable people with mobile phones and other wireless devices to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends. The feature, [...]

Chrome growth slows to a crawl

Chrome growth slows to a crawl

Judging by the 1.0 release of Chrome in November and two minor updates that followed, uptake of Google's browser appears to have lost steam. It's as if Google lost its edge in the innovation arena. Despite a cosmetic removal of the "beta" label that was deemed purely a marketing move, Chrome remains rough around the edges and still lacks [...]

With Cheney gone, Google Maps gains sky view of VP’s home

With Cheney gone, Google Maps gains sky view of VP’s home

Google Maps has a clear satellite view of the US vice president's home available online in a development that curiously coincides with the departure of secret-prone Dick Cheney. The abode in Washington, DC, that has served for 25 years as official residence for US vice presidents had been digitally blurred at Google Earth during George W. [...]

Man, I love Google Maps

Man, I love Google Maps

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4chan strikes again with push to make symbol top Google search

4chan strikes again with push to make symbol top Google search

Offering a "snapshot of what’s on the public’s collective mind by viewing the fastest-rising searches for different points of time," Google Trends is a regular stop for those of us who spend the day searching for fresh meat to feed the beast we call the Posted news blog. Today's Hot Trends page, pictured to the right, serves up the usual [...]

Consumer advocacy group demands Google stop keeping data against users’ will

Consumer advocacy group demands Google stop keeping data against users’ will

One of the most controversial topics online is privacy.  On the one hand there are the advertisers and content providers (and those who do both) like Google. They say that keeping user statistics is essential to offering more effective advertising, which in turn is key to generating more revenue and being able to provide users with more [...]

Google Hands Out “Dogfood” as Christmas Bonus

Google Hands Out “Dogfood” as Christmas Bonus

In holidays past, when money flowed like hot Santa tears and melted gum drops, Googlers looked forward to cash bonuses that topped $20,000. This year, they're getting $180 worth of "dogfood"—a G1. Yep, they're all getting G1s—even Google, who prints money as a hobby, is feeling the financiapocalypse: "This is a chance for us to once again [...]

Yahoo To Anonymize Logs After 90 Days (compared to Google’s 9 Month retention)

Yahoo To Anonymize Logs After 90 Days (compared to Google’s 9 Month retention)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kevin Bankston discusses the news that Yahoo! will radically reduce the retention period for its logs, anonymizing them after just 90 days (compared with Google's 9 months). It's a pretty radical development: for years, I've been skeptical of claims that tech companies would compete on privacy, issuing press [...]

Here’s my password Gmail Team

Here’s my password Gmail Team

Sad thing is, so many people fall for this crap... You better include your Social Security Number too, just to be safe.

Gmail Labs Adds Text Messaging Feature… KTHXBAI.

Gmail Labs Adds Text Messaging Feature… KTHXBAI.

We don’t see it in our Gmail settings (yet), but Webmonkey reports that Gmail Labs has added a very useful opt-in feature for sending text / SMS messages to mobile phones using the built-in Chat functionality. Turning the option on in your Gmail account settings apparently enables you to send an SMS as soon as you start typing a phone number [...]

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

T-Mobile's new Google Android phone, the G1, is not as open as you'd hope -- all the good hardware is sandboxed off from the development environment and requires a signature to run. But hackers are already working to crack open the firmware. From the #android channel on Freenode: I hacked my camera's firmware manually by using an exploit to cause [...]

Google’s GeoEye-1 Super Satellite Captures First Image

Google’s GeoEye-1 Super Satellite Captures First Image

This bird's-eye view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania was the first image ever seen by the GeoEye-1, the world's highest-resolution commercial satellite sponsored by Google, when it opened its camera door earlier this week. The 4,300-pound satellite collected the image at noon EDT on Oct. 7 while moving from the north pole to the south [...]

GMail adds feature to stop users emailing while under the influence

GMail adds feature to stop users emailing while under the influence

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called [...]

Street View operatives object to being snapped

Street View operatives object to being snapped

Edinburgh's Evening News has discovered that, when it comes to personal privacy, Google's Street View is a strictly one-way thoroughfare. The paper was alerted yesterday that several examples of the Orwellian spycar fleet were being prepared for action at a disused garage site in Drum Brae South. It duly dispatched a snapper to record the [...]

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Free application Iron is a slightly modified version of the Chromium source of Google Chrome that removes components of Chrome that report your usage habits to Google. In practice, that means it removes your unique user ID, doesn't send user-specific info to Google, skips crash reporting, and doesn't check with Google for updates. Some [...]

Cuil market share drops to next to nothing

Cuil market share drops to next to nothing

When Cuil launched just a couple of months back on the 28th July, it jumped right in there with the ridiculous claim that it was already the biggest search engine on the planet right from the get go. This was, apparently, based upon some clever math which ended up with Cuil indexing some 120 billion web pages, or more than three times as many as [...]

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