Google has fixed a bug in its Gmail account retrieval and password reset process that could have allowed an attacker to fool a user into handing over their details.
While we won’t go into the technical details of how Hafif pulled off the hack, you can see a quick overview of the spear-phishing attack in the video below.
One of the worrying things is that as part of the process, the user is actually directed to a genuine HTTPS Google.com webpage at one point.
While it’s a concern to have any password reset system go awry, it is particularly troubling when it’s also your Gmail password, as with access to your account an attacker could initiate further password resets for any other accounts registered to that address.
On this occasion though, it seems to be one of the good guys that found it first.
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Real-time social software platform Livefyre has made its second acquisition, this time picking up social application provider Realtidbits in a move that establishes an analytics offering for Livefyre’s customers. As part of the deal, all of Realtidbits’ customers will be migrated over to similar products in the ‘coming weeks’. In addition, Livefyre will be expanding its operation by opening up its fourth office in San Diego.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
If you’re not familiar with Realtidbits, it provides a slew of applications that, to an extent, mirror the offerings of Livefyre. However, what makes it unique is the analytics aspect of things — and it’s own set of customers. While it’s likely that Livefyre’s own suite of products, such as its StreamHub for Enterprise, Social Native Ads, and its commenting platform have some analytics, Realtidbit Analytics could offer it more of a holistic service, something that stretches across all products.
Realtidbits is based in San Diego so the team and technology will remain there. It will become Livefyre’s newest location, joining New York, London, and San Francisco.
Jordan Kretchmer, Livefyre’s founder and CEO highlighted as much in a statement, saying: “They have built a fantastic analytics product, which we plan to integrate into Livefyre StreamHub and offer to our over 550 Enterprise customers … this acquisition brings key product capabilities to our customers…”
Perhaps an added bonus Livefyre customers will find is the integration with other analytic services, including Adobe Omniture, Google Analytics, and Mixpanel.
Interestingly, the move hits a bit at Echo, since the real-time conversation platform has at least one app powered by Realtidbits. However, this deal isn’t crippling any company as Echo also offers content and moderation analytics across all its products, and even integrates with Omniture and Google Analytics. So while Livefyre now adds analytics, Echo already had it in place.
Today’s deal comes just two months after Livefyre picked up social media conversation curation platform Storify. It certainly helps in the company’s effort to become a social control center for brands. What’s more, as the real-time social conversation platform provider moves forward with its Native Ad platform, advertisers require some means of tracking performance and Realtidbits’ acquisition could help here.
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Google today launched its latest Chrome beta, which brings support for animated WebP images to all of its supported platforms. On Android, this update features a new way to improve touch performance and support for the Vibration API.
WebP is Google attempt to displace the ubiquitous JPEG and PNG image formats with a more efficient image format. Animated WebP images, however, are essentially an alternative to animated GIFs. Unlike this rather old format, animated WebP images use true alpha channels and each frame can be lossy or lossless as needed. Compared to animated GIFs, these WebP versions can be significantly smaller, but given that WebP isn’t supported by many browser vendors, this is basically just a cool tech demo for now.
The way Google made touch input on Android faster is actually pretty nifty. Currently, Chrome uses a 300ms delay when it registers a tap as it waits for a double-tap to zoom. On responsive sites, however, there’s no need to wait for this as the site is already zoomed in. So Google has now disabled double-tap to zoom on responsive mobile sites to make the app respond a little bit faster to your taps.
The other change worth noting in today’s update is that – as previously announced – it will block Netscape Plugin Architecture Programming Interface (NPAPI) plugins. Starting in January, only a handful of popular NPAPI plugins will be allowed to run in the stable version of Chrome ( Microsoft’s Silverlight, Unity, Google Earth, Java, Google Talk and Facebook Video) and this change is now making its way through the beta channel before it lands in the stable version in a few weeks.
Motorola today announced two big changes to its Developer Edition Program after receiving feedback from customers who purchased the special devices. In short, users want more flexibility to tinker with the operating system, whether that’s creating and flashing a custom build of Android or porting one from the enthusiast community.
Here is what the Google-owned company is now promising:
It’s worth emphasizing that the first point is retroactive. Customers who have already purchased a 2012 or 2013 Developer Edition device directly from Motorola and who requested a bootloader unlock code will have their warranty reinstated. Naturally, the warranty is effective from the date of original purchase.
Up until today, when customers requested a bootloader unlock code, Motorola would automatically void the warranty for that Developer Edition device. The company also didn’t offer software images in case something went wrong.
Recovery images (as shipped from the factory) will be posted on Motorola’s website over here. You will be able to download and flash your device to restore it to its original factory software.
Motorola says it is “focused on delivering the best Android experiences and the best of Google services.” While improvements have been very slow since Google acquired the company, it is worth noting that Android 4.4 KitKat started rolling out to the Moto X in less than three weeks.
If Motorola keeps it up, it might actually stop bleeding money and start adding value to Google’s Android ecosystem. In the meantime, we’re still waiting for a Moto Nexus.
See also – Google’s Q2 earnings hurt by Motorola’s $342 million loss, will the Moto X be able to reverse the trend? and Motorola announces Ara, an open hardware project to create customizable smartphones
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Google’s Chromium team never ceases to amaze. Its latest project is a Chrome app-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) codenamed Spark.
The new app was first noted by developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. Here are his observations for the new IDE project:
Here is the progress so far:
It’s not clear if Google will actually support this Chrome App and update it on a regular basis when it’s done, or it will be simply used as an example to show what is possible with the aforementioned technologies. We’re leaning towards the former, but given how often Google cans projects, you never know.
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Google today released a formal response to the most recent chapter of Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign: “Microsoft’s latest venture comes as no surprise; competition in the wearables space really is heating up.”
Yesterday, Microsoft released a raft of new ‘Scroogled’ products, continuing its war against Google with now usual sniping and griping and aw shucks what can we do attitude. Mugs and t-shirts and hoodies were up for sale, bearing Google logos and unkind sentiments such as the implication that Google’s browser, Chrome, steals your data.
The mug sold out, though you have to wonder how many Microsoft really had made for its stunt, and how many of that total were purchased ironically.
The ball is now back in Microsoft’s court, meaning that the Snark Wars will continue, even as the two companies find ways to work together in other areas.
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Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is highly optimistic — he thinks that government censorship can be ended within a decade, Bloomberg reports.
The key to that? Encryption. Schmidt said in a speech, hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, that “the solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.”
He acknowledges that the NSA and other countries have probably broken some of the encryption standards used today, but “it’s always a cat-and-mouse game” and in the race for stronger protection over Internet traffic, he thinks the censors will lose. As of now, Google and other Internet companies have already made their networks more secure in response to the NSA revelations.
As for China, the country which is literally obsessed with patrolling the Internet, Schmidt says he thinks Chinese citizens will start using technology that authorities there won’t be able to control or stop. “You cannot stop it if it’s a good idea broadly held,” Schmidt says.
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Google is one of a number of companies that firmly believes that everyone has a right to Internet access, and that’s the motivation behind a new campaign in India designed to bring 50 million women online for the first time.
The ‘Helping Women Get Online’ campaign kicked off today with a press conference and the launch of a website aimed at communicating the basics of the Internet to first-time female users in India.
Rajan Anandan, managing director of Google India, told reporters that only one-third of India’s 200 million-plus Internet users are female, and that’s a ratio that needs to change since the country is tipped to become the world’s second largest Internet market in the future.
“[Access to the] Internet can help women achieve self esteem, express their views freely, open up new opportunities and help them to gain education. Our new campaign aims to bring 50 million women online in the next one year so that they can reap the benefits too,” Anandan added.
In addition to providing useful information — such as computer basics, Internet skills and details of how to use chat and email services — the website includes a range of video stories designed to highlight the benefits of the Internet to women. There’s even a toll-free hotline for further information.
Google has partnered with Intel, Hindustan Unilever and Axis Bank to help raise offline awareness and educate women “to use Internet to improve their lives and enable easy access points across the country.”
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It’s actually not a standard editorial page but ratherof a promotional campaign sponsored by Google+ as a way to show off its Auto Awesome feature, which creates GIFs. (This parenthetical remark was originally where I explained what a GIF is, but if you don’t know, then this post probably isn’t for you.) Most of the GIFs are shared by BuzzFeed, but there’s also a sponsored unit in the upper right corner which points to more Google+-sponsored GIF collections.
A Google spokesperson sang the praises of GIFs via email and told me the company created the Auto Awesome feature because “we love them so much.”
The campaign seems worth pointing out for a couple of reasons. First of all: GIFs! Secondly, it’s a good example of the kinds of custom ad campaigns that have apparently brought the site to profitability.
A BuzzFeed spokesperson said the campaign will run until the end of the year, and that it’s the first such section that the company have created. When I admitted that I wasn’t as totally addicted to the feed as they claimed to be (maybe it’s because you have to click on images to see the full picture and the animation, maybe it’s because my heart is made of stone), the spokesperson added:
BuzzFeed users that love GIFs get to look at a comprehensive library of their favorite GIFs and share with their friends. Just like any other piece of social content on our site, this is another fun way for users to share their favorite moments via social sharing.
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Google today launched Google Play Newsstand for Android, an app that brings together the current Google Play Magazines app available in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, as well as Google Currents, the company’s answer to apps like Flipboard.
The Play Newsstand will feature about 1,900 free and paid publications. The selection ranges from newspapers like The Australian, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to magazines like The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired and free blogs and news sites that have partnered with Google.
Google says this new app will “put the news you care about most front and center and presents stories that interest you based on your tastes. The more you read the better it will get.” The app will automatically format blog posts and other sources for reading on a tablet or phone. Users will be able to subscribe to new sources in the app and – for paid publications – in the Google Play store. Posts are cached on the device for offline reading.
As a Google spokesperson told me, the app was developed by the same team as Currents and it will likely feel familiar to existing Currents users. Over the next few days, users in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia (that is, all the countries where the old Google Play Magazines app was available) will be automatically upgraded to the new Newsstand app. Currents users can upgrade to Play Newsstand by downloading the app and all their news sources will be automatically transferred.
Google also offers a Currents app for iOS. That app, Google told me, will be upgraded to the Newsstand app “early next year.”
Currents first launched about two years ago as a way to read free sources, but it also featured tools for publishers that allowed them to add their sites to the app and customize their appearance by adding feeds, photos and social updates. This publisher program, Google tells me, will continue.