Google enlists outside help to clean up Android’s malware mess

Ron Amadeo Android has a bit of a malware problem. The open ecosystem’s flexibility also makes it relatively easy for tainted apps to circulate on third-party app stores or malicious websites. Worse still, malware-ridden apps sneak into the official Play Store with disappointing frequency. After grappling with the issue for a decade, Google is calling
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Google’s parent Alphabet is investigating how the company has managed sexual harassment and misconduct claims, some of which have targeted its own executives. The company’s board created an independent subcommittee to oversee the investigation. David Drummond, Alphabet’s chief legal officer, is reportedly among the executives included in the investigation, according to a report by CNBC,
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Enlarge / Mozilla’s office in San Francisco. Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent today to the chairs and ranking
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Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu Comcast has gone on the record to say that it does not track its broadband users’ Web browsing histories, even though the company is lobbying against a Google plan that could make it harder for ISPs to track their
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Google’s claim on Wednesday to have made a major breakthrough in computing called “quantum supremacy” is just an early step in the long road to perfecting its nascent technology. The tech giant next hopes to expand on its announcement—that it had used a quantum computer to make a calculation at speeds far exceeding current technology—to
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Samsung and a sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates are leading a new $55 million funding round for IonQ, a startup that uses “trapped ions,” or charged particles suspended in a vacuum, as the basis for its hardware. IonQ’s approach holds promise as a possible path toward achieving a so-called general-purpose quantum computer,
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Google is working to fix a security flaw in its new Pixel 4 smartphones after a journalist discovered that the phones’ facial recognition system, used for unlocking the device, works even when its owners’ eyes are closed. The problem has raised concerns that people’s phone could be opened while they sleep, allowing anyone to snoop
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Google introduced a new Pixelbook Go Chromebook laptop on Tuesday that promises plenty of power—and a new color. The new Pixelbook Go, unveiled at the Made by Google event in New York City, has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and runs on Google’s Chrome OS software. The laptop, which is designed for portablility, has case that’s just
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Google is exerting a growing presence in the country’s classrooms. On Thursday, the company announced plans to offer its homegrown Information Technology support course to community colleges in eight new states via a $3.5 million education grant. The program will now be offered through community colleges in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia
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