Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet

 Google, which has accused Symantec and its partners of misissuing tens of thousands of certificates for encrypted web connections, quietly announced Thursday that it’s downgrading the level and length of trust Chrome will place in certificates issued by Symantec. Encrypted web connections — HTTPS connections like those on banking sites, login pages or news sites like this one… Read More

Google Play pilot test in U.S. introduces a “free app of the week” section

 Apple began offering a “free app of the week” back in 2012 as a means of highlighting some of the App Store’s best titles, and encourage users to start downloading. Google, belatedly, is following in Apple’s footsteps with its own newly launched “free app of the week” section on Google Play. However, we understand that Google has not yet committed to make… Read More

What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google

 TOTALLY PANIC. Just kidding; please don’t do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on WikiLeaks. Don’t freak out if you get one of these notices — it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has… Read More

Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together

 While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets Google’s… Read More

Google redesigns its mobile app and website with tappable search shortcuts

 Google this morning announced a redesign for its iOS and Android search application, as well as its Google.com site on the mobile web, which now includes tappable shortcuts to areas like sports, weather, food and drink, entertainment, and other interests. The idea here is to give users a different way to explore Google, instead of requiring the entry of a voice or text search query. As… Read More

Piwic raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics

 You know when you set up a website and you add a Google Analytics tracker to see how many visitors you have? What you’re actually doing is giving Google and other parties access to your stats and users. Sure there are privacy protections in place and things aren’t all that bad but what if your website or app is particularly sensitive? Then you use something like Piwik or, now,… Read More

Google’s fight with Uber over self-driving cars is heating up

 Google’s legal battle with Uber over the development of self-driving cars is already off to an ugly start. Lawyers for the two tech firms spent the last two days bickering over which attorneys should be allowed to view the trade secrets Google claims were stolen by their former employees who went to work at Uber, and a lawyer for Uber said today in court that the company has been unable… Read More