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Gazon - the Android virus that SMSes everyone

The Android SMS virus "Gazon" sends itself to everyone in your contact list - including your friends, your mum...

...and your customers.

Not a good look.

Google quietly drops promised encryption by default for Android Lollipop

Google quietly drops promised encryption by default for Android Lollipop

Google has confirmed reports: that sweet encryption-by-default it promised for Android Lollipop left a sour taste when it came to device performance.

Google performs U-turn on Blogger smut rule

Google performs U-turn on Blogger smut rule

Google has changed its mind over a new policy on sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform and will target commercial porn instead.

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge porn antics

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge-porn antics

The guy who ignored women's pleas to take down nude images from his IsAnybodyDown site wants to have his own photos and information expunged from Google.

Google turns Pwnium into an all-year, unlimited-rewards bug-hunting contest

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Google's new thinking around bug hunting: get it to us ASAP, from wherever you are.

Google bans sexually explicit content on Blogger

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Unless the content has "public benefit," it will be bumped out of public view as of 23 March (if it's already been published) and banned outright after that date.

YouTube to launch ad free subscription and a kid safe app

YouTube to launch ad-free subscription and a kid-safe app

YouTube's stripping comments from its upcoming Kids app and adverts from its upcoming paid subscription model.

Forget Google Glass, here's Sony's (not quite as catchy)‏ SmartEyeglass

Those aren't augmented reality spectacles.

THESE are augmented reality spectacles!

But what about the privacy and security side?

SSCC 186 - Just how firm is your firmware? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast - from firmware and Firefox to Project Zero and Lightning conductors.

Chet and Duck are in fine fettle as usual...enjoy!

Google's Project Zero backs off a bit - will now give up to 14 days' grace

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Google's controversial "zero-day dropping machine," Project Zero, which automatically outs your bugs after 90 days, will now give up to 14 day's leeway.

Are Miami cops really flooding Waze with fake police sightings?

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An NBC affiliate seems to think so, but others are dubious. Miami's finest would have to be lacking in tech smarts to think they could game the Google app.

Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus

Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus

Ad-buying big boys Google, Amazon, Microsoft and the content marketing platform Taboola have quietly ponied up the money to keep their ads from being blocked on Adblock Plus, the world's most popular software for blocking online advertising.

Google extends its all-seeing eye, invites third party apps to Google Now

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Google's opened up its Google Now digital assistant to 40 third party apps, including Pandora, Lyft, TripAdvisor, eBay and RunKeeper.

Google redesigns security warnings after 70% of Chrome users ignore them

Google redesigns security warnings after 70% of Chrome users ignore them

You can strip jargon, but in the end, the warnings that work best are those with visual throb: pick the right colors and hide the wrong choices!

Google to change privacy policy after settling case with ICO

Google to change privacy policy after settling case with ICO

Google and the ICO have settled a case over the company's privacy policy being too vague, with the upshot being that policy changes are now in the works.

Google asked to muzzle Waze 'police-stalking' app

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US police are typically the ones to surveil, not the other way around, as Google's crowd-sourced, police-mapping traffic app is doing. Now sheriffs are asking Google to pull the plug on it.

How the Obamacare website healthcare.gov leaks private data

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HealthCare.gov, the US insurance exchange website that is a central component of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), is sending personal information on users to third parties including Facebook, Google, and web analytics companies.

SSCC 182 - What would the Pirate Party do? [PODCAST]

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This week's episode of our quarter-hour security podcast.

Entertaining as well as accurate and educational - why not give it a listen?

Google Glass - going, going, gone...

Google's website is still promising to "bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible."

Until next week, anyway, when it's all over...

SSCC 181 - The Security Duel: "Bug reports at 15 paces" [PODCAST]

Microsoft vs. Google - Google vs. Users - Hackers vs. US Army - the fight is on in the latest episode of our weekly security podcast!

Enjoy...