Don't Be Evil

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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Mongrel » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:42 pm

Google China Prototype Links Searches To Users Phone Numbers

The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize” in Mandarin.

Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company “directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations.” A central concern expressed by the groups is that, beyond the censorship, user data stored by Google on the Chinese mainland could be accessible to Chinese authorities, who routinely target political activists and journalists.

Sources familiar with the project said that prototypes of the search engine linked the search app on a user’s Android smartphone with their phone number. This means individual people’s searches could be easily tracked – and any user seeking out information banned by the government could potentially be at risk of interrogation or detention if security agencies were to obtain the search records from Google.
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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby beatbandito » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:32 am

I accessed my actual personal email and not the bullshit account one on my phone yesterday, which is something I do rarely enough that I've skipped entire devices.

Immediately after I got an email to the account from google listing all the great bloatware I cleared out and how I definitely should get that back to enjoy my phone. Ever since I've gotten some kind of telemarketing call every four hours or so.

So clearly I left some privacy options unchecked on there that need to get sorted out.
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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Mongrel » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:48 pm

I can't convince myself that this isn't actually an Onion article:

Ars: Google promises to shut down two of its seven messaging apps
When they are shut down, Allo and Hangouts will join Google Talk, Google Spaces, Google Wave, Google+ Messenger, and Google Buzz in the graveyard of former Google messaging apps.

The article's secondary headline isn't helping either.
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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Grath » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 pm

Allo was meant to compete with Whatsapp but they already had too much foothold on the "places that don't use Facebook Messenger or iMessage" market. Hangouts is just old, janky, and unreliable. I've missed more Google Voice texts than I've received with them routed via Hangouts.

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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby TA » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:05 pm

... well, shit, I use Hangouts all the time as the main way to chat with one of my friends. Not sure what we'll have to switch to.
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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Niku » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:02 pm

it looks like hangouts is just splitting into "hangouts for texting" and "hangouts for video" unless i'm parsing that wrong.
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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Grath » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:07 pm

Highlights of Sundar's testimony to Congress today:


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Re: Don't Be Evil

Postby Mazian » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:21 pm

Google is shutting down Google Trips.

By itself, that's hardly news — it's the 13th Google product to get the axe this year — but I'm only just now learning that it even existed at all, and I would probably have tried it when I was on the road all the time. However, I can also see why I never learned about it: it only supported trip entry either by parsing it out of your GMail inbox, or typing it all in manually. Neither would've worked for mail from our corporate travel system to my work account.

Travel bookings are still a field where different companies have to smoothly interchange data by necessity: a single air booking can link to multiple airlines, hotels, rental car companies, etc., and in corporate-land that also has to tie back into the booking engine and expense reimbursement, and on top of that they can automatically feed it all into consumer apps like TripIt. It doesn't always work together cleanly, but it looks like Google didn't want to step outside their walled garden at all, and that's a heck of a lot less useful.

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