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Google replaces Flash with HTML5 in Chrome

Google told us in May that it would eventually block Adobe Flash Player content on Chrome. And today, the company is making good on its promise. Google is slowly rolling HTML5 out to users over the next couple of months, starting with one percent of users on the current version of Chrome. Everyone should have an updated Chrome by February, when the most recent...

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Google working on Invisible reCaptcha

Google engineers are working on an improved version of the reCAPTCHA system that uses a computer algorithm to distinguish between automated bots and real humans, and requires no user interaction at all. Called “Invisible reCAPTCHA,” and spotted by Windows IT Pro, the service is still under development, but the service is open for sign-ups, and any webmaster can help Google test its upcoming technology....

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Google to punish mobile sites with hard to dismiss popups

Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages. In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company will start punishing...

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Google reverses Pixel reseller ban

Google has now lifted a controversial ban which wiped out the digital identities — meaning Gmail accounts, access to photos, voicemails and files — of those consumers who used a tax loophole to profit from reselling their Pixel smartphones. The affected people were, in fact, in violation of Google’s Terms of Service, which prohibits you from commercially reselling any device. However, Google’s disproportionate response to...

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Google acquires LeapDroid and cancels emulator

Google has added another company to its ever-growing list of acquisitions and this may actually be a step towards the marriage of Android and Chrome. Game-specializing Android emulator LeapDroid has made the announcement that they are joining the tech giant. They have not made specific plans as of yet and as of this writing they are still “not affiliated” with Google, but it will...

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Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds

The Google Pixel fell to a team of Chinese hackers alongside Apple Safari and Adobe Flash at the PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul on Friday. Mountain View’s latest offering was smashed by white-hat friendlies from Qihoo 360, who used an undisclosed vulnerability to gain remote code execution for $120,000 cash prize. The exploit launched the Google Play store before opening Chrome and displaying a...

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Google denies Android violates competition rules

Google has denied the way it handles its Android mobile operating system is anti-competitive. In 2015, the European Commission said it would investigate whether Google “abused its dominant position” and “hindered the development” of rivals. Google argued Android was a “flexible” platform that had “expanded competition” rather than hurting it. The European Commission told the BBC it would carefully consider Google’s response before making...

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Chrome said to have 2 billion active installs

Google is hosting its Chrome Dev Summit today. Rumors have it that Chrome has 2 billion active installs. Aside from that, there hasn’t been a lot of news out of the event. But one number that stood out in today’s keynote by Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher was that there are now 2 billion Chrome installs in active use across desktop and mobile. This...

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Google introduces YouTube HDR support

For some millennials, YouTube stars are more important than popular pop musicians or famous Hollywood actors. Older folks may not understand this phenomenon, but it actually makes a lot of sense — YouTube is a platform where many young people spend their time. Today, Google announces that it is making YouTube even better. The service can already stream video in 4K, and is available on...

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Google Fiber halts service in several cities, CEO steps down

Google’s ambitious plan to spread high-speed internet service across the US has hit a bump in the road as the group leading the charge scales back its operations and is roiled by a management shake up. Craig Barratt, the head of Google Access, is stepping down and the company is freezing plans to roll out the high-speed Google Fiber broadband service to 8 new cities, company announced on Tuesday. Access, which...